SHILOH – BJC and Memorial broke ground on a new medical building on the Memorial Hospital East Campus.
The $25 million Medical Office Building will be located on the eastern portion of the 94 acre campus. This building will provide office space for primary care and physician specialists as well as imaging, laboratory, physical/occupational and speech therapy as well as a breast health center.
Memorial Hospital East opened it’s doors to area residents in April and the partnership to bring BJC doctors has excited residents and officials. Several people addressed the crowd, including Mark J. Tuner, President of Memorial Regional Health services, Steve Lipstein, President and CEO of BJC Healthcare, Illinois State Representative Jay Hoffman, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham and Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier.
Vernier has been very excited about this project, noting that he and his family have used the hospital since it has opened and he thinks having these doctors offices in Shiloh will be a boost to the community, allowing people to seek great healthcare close to home.
“I can’t tell you how blessed we are in our community to have Memorial Hospital here. It’s already undoubtedly saved lives in our community and in the area, and I’m sure this building, when it’s constructed, will do the same. I want to thank BJC, Memorial, all the board of directors, everyone that’s had anything to do with this. If anyone had told me 16 years ago when I was running for mayor that I would be cutting a ribbon on a hospital and then building a $25 million dollar medical office building within six months, I would have probably laughed at them. It’s a great addition to our community, to our region,” said Vernier.
“For the people of the Metro East, it’s a tremendous thing. It not only is an economic engine that is just starting, but it’s a quality of life and it’s a home value. People will come to this area because we have great schools, and now we have great medical. You can’t attract the kind of business you want today without that,” said Graham.
Turner had various groups stand for applause for their contributions to the medical building and to the hospital, including