St. Elizabeth’s and Cardinal Glennon announce partnership

HSHS stock   HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital proudly announce a partnership to bring nationally recognized pediatric care to serve Belleville, O’Fallon and the many communities throughout St. Clair County and beyond.

Beginning July 18, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Emergency Pediatric Care will be available 24/7 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s emergency department. In addition, pediatricians will also provide newborn nursery coverage in the Mother Child Center.

“I am thrilled to bring some of the best pediatric specialists in the St. Louis metro-area to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. It is stressful and scary when a child is ill or has an accident, so knowing SSM Health Cardinal Glennon’s high-level of care is available so close to home should put worried minds at ease,” says Peg Sebastian, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

The specially trained and board certified physicians will be on-site every day, all day.  Pediatric emergency physicians serve patients from infants to teens that may have an acute illness or injury needing immediate medical attention.

Special rooms in the emergency department are already equipped with child appropriate equipment since St. Elizabeth’s had already received Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) certification in 2014 and was recently re-certified in May 2016. This verifies pediatric protocols are already in place to provide seamless and immediate care from door to nursing staff to physician.

The planning for this partnership incorporates more than just the emergency room staff and the physicians. Teams from respiratory and radiology have also been working on the project to make sure all child-related care, equipment, and other processes are in place and ready for patients when they come to the hospital.

To learn more about St. Elizabeth’s partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, visit or

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St. Elizabeth’s hosts beam topping ceremony at O’Fallon hospital site

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Attendees at the ceremony gather for a photo by the beam (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Joined by Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) leadership, Hospital Sisters, hospital board members, government officials, and civic leaders, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital presented and placed a ceremonial last beam on the replacement hospital last week.

Hospital colleagues and those present at the ceremony signed the steel beam.

This is another step toward the opening of St. Elizabeth’s $300 million medical campus along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Illinois.

“By us placing the beam, we mark another step in our journey to increase access to care, and align our health care resources to the needs of our patients. We are excited to continue on this major undertaking designed to deliver advanced care to the entire Metro East,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, President and CEO, HSHS.

Construction has progressed according to schedule thanks to the dedicated colleagues, project management team members, and tradesmen and women who are working tirelessly on the project. Recent progress includes concrete floor slabs being placed up to the 5th level (top floor) of the hospital, accommodating areas for administration, patient rooms, kitchen, and cafeteria. Wall framing, utility rough-in, and fireproofing are occurring throughout the first level at areas that will house the pharmacy, emergency department, imaging, and building facilities. Precast concrete wall panels are enclosing the west and north elevations. Outside of the building, the parking lots and outer roadways are taking shape. Light poles have been installed and are beginning to be wired.

“I am looking forward to the anticipated opening of our new, state-of-the-art facility, which is just short 19 months away,” said Peg Sebastian, President and CEO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We continue to build our family to serve the ever-changing health care needs of our region through excellence in quality delivered by our dedicated colleagues.”

St. Elizabeth’s received unanimous approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB) in April 2015 to begin construction and held the official groundbreaking in June, 2015. The location of St. Elizabeth’s replacement hospital will be centrally located for the southwestern Illinois region that it serves. It will also be closer to Scott Air Force Base and the community hospitals that refer patients to St. Elizabeth’s, such as HSHS affiliate hospitals St. Joseph’s in Highland and St. Joseph’s in Breese, as well as other surrounding community hospitals.

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The beam is lifted into place (Submitted Photo)

The new St. Elizabeth’s is designed for the future of health care delivery. The facility will include 144 private patient rooms, an emergency department, state-of-the art operating rooms, modern birthing suites, an advanced intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation.  It will offer a wide array of 21-century health care services. The adjacent ambulatory care center will offer various outpatient services such as lab, imaging and therapy, and include medical office space for more than 100 physicians.  The state-of-the art facility is designed to attract a wide array of physician specialists to the Metro East.

The hospital will also continue to provide a range of outpatient services and maintain numerous support functions at its Belleville campus including radiology and laboratory services, primary and specialty care physicians’ offices, and physical and occupational therapy services. Additionally, many administrative services and departments will stay in Belleville.

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Construction advancing at St. Elizabeth’s O’Fallon

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Work continues building up the skeletal framework of the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

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.

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The bottom floor will be the Imaging area while the second floor will be the surgical area. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

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A large crane sits where the front entrance of St. Elizabeth’s Hosptial will be once it is completed late 2017. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

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A large amount of adjustable metal beams hold the concrete floors of the surgical suite in place. Prior to these, this framework would have to be built by hand out of wood. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

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A work crew lifts a wall piece into place with a smaller crane.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)