O’FALLON – Just off of Green Mount Road, a major construction project advances along daily. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is in the middle of building their $300 million replacement hospital and ambulatory care center.
According to hospital officials, the project is on schedule and on budget. They estimate opening in the fall of 2017. Once open, the hospital will feature 144 private patient rooms, an emergency department, operating rooms with state of the art technology, an advanced intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation. Inpatient and outpatient services, including cancer care, modern birthing suites, telehealth consultations featuring accredited stroke care, and award-winning heart care will also be available.
During the construction, St. Elizabeth’s averages 180 workers on site daily. Those workers are performing a variety of different tasks as the building structure continues to come together.
Street lights have been installed around the road that surrounds the hospital. Those lights will be lit up soon.
Going forward, construction will begin on the Medical Office Building in May.
And for those who may be interested in a few fun facts, the completion of the slab on grade equates to approximately 45,172 cubic feet (1,673 cubic yards) of placed concrete. This is equivalent to approximately the volume of 8,000 bath tubs.
Also, the hospital will be enclosed with approximately 750 precast panels with each weighing an average of 26,000 pounds. That equates to a total of approximately 19,500,000 lbs., or 9,750 tons. To put that in perspective, that is almost the weight of the Eiffel Tower.