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Siteman Cancer Center renovations begin

Cranes, hard hats and all the other trappings of the construction trade will be the norm for the next 13 months as the Siteman Cancer Center facility in St. Peters undergoes a $13.1 million expansion of its physical space and services.

Physically the existing center will grow from 19,500 square feet to 30,750 square feet, with the project’s expected completion date to be November 2016.

The center, operated by BJC Healthcare, has been located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital north of Mexico Road since August 2005. The hospital is providing $10.6 million of the project’s $13.1 million cost.

The renovations will double its patient capacity with exam rooms increasing from eight to 20 and chemotherapy infusion stations expanding from 11 to 32. The added space also will result in growth for medical, radiation and surgical oncology practices, BJC officials have said. Three medical oncologists will be added bringing the total at the facility to six. Two radiation oncologists will serve patients, up from one full-time and one part-time positions presently.

To ensure service delivery during construction, the center will use an adjoining medical office space and outpatient surgery center.

“Our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities and people we serve,” said Larry Tracy, president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals in a news release. “This expansion will allow us to provide nationally recognized cancer care to even more people right here close to home.”

The St. Peters expansion is part of a three-prong expansion of Siteman’s services that also includes its main campus at Washington University Medical Center and its location in south St. Louis County.

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