Construction on Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Underway

CREVE COEUR, Mo. — Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH) in Creve Coeur is three months into its construction schedule, with completion targeted for early 2019. A BJC Healthcare–owned facility, the new hospital will replace the current 77-bed facility that was originally built in 1969, known as the Faith Hospital, which was eventually sold to what is now BJC HealthCare.

Christner will be the lead architectural firm on the project, with KJWW Engineering Consultants serving as the lead engineering firm. Both St. Louis-based companies have worked on previous BJC projects. The new hospital will be a 260,000-square-foot facility, with 64 private rooms for patients, four intensive-care unit rooms and 14 operating rooms. Additionally, high-tech features in the new hospital will include a robotic surgical suite, a 64-slice CT scanner and an updated emergency department, with plans for 32 additional patient rooms to be added in the future.

In addition to the new hospital itself, a medical office building will also be constructed, adjoining the new hospital, as well as new parking areas that have been under construction for several months. The specializations of joint replacement/reconstruction, gastroenterology and vascular surgery in the existing hospital will remain, with a focus on shorter-stay surgical and medical cases.

“The patients at our BJC hospitals deserve exceptional care in a comfortable and healing environment that is also convenient,” said Trish Lollo, BJWCH president according to St. Louis Local News. “The new facilities are designed with these objectives in mind.”

An official groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 30 for the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH) in Creve Coeur. The groundbreaking included a gathering of hospital executives, board members and city officials at the existing Creve Coeur campus where the new hospital will also be located.