On Wednesday at 8 p.m., the installation of the HSHS St. John’s Hospital sky bridge over Ninth Street will begin. Once complete, the sky bridge will connect HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital to the new outpatient center for women and children that will house providers from SIU Medicine, HSHS Medical Group and St. John’s Hospital.
During installation, Ninth Street will be temporarily closed from Carpenter Street to Madison Street. Motorists should plan alternate routes from 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 12.
The pedestrian sky bridge over Ninth Street will be lifted in place with the trusses, floor beams, roof beams and bracing system already assembled. All primary components of the structural system will be in place prior to reopening Ninth Street. Structural engineers will be on-site during and after the assembly to assess the completed installation with the contractor prior to Ninth Street reopening.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said Charles L. Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “St. John’s Hospital is working with general contractor O’Shea Builders, bridge fabricator Selvaggio Steel and the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure safety for all during the installation of this sky bridge.”
Once the span over Ninth Street is put in place, the contractor will attach the span east of Ninth Street to the new medical office building. Ninth Street will then be closed again from Monday, April 16 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 while the concrete is placed for the bridge deck. The contractor will then install roofing, glazing and other exterior finishes. Once complete, the sky bridge will not require additional adjustments to its structural system.
Upon completion, the fully enclosed sky bridge will be 160 feet in length and 15 feet wide. The glass walls on each side will overlook the street and be supported by steel trusses and metal panels. It will connect both buildings at the third floor and will only be accessible from inside the building.
St. John’s broke ground on the new outpatient center for women and children in June 2017. It and the sky bridge are expected to open this fall. Watch as we bulid the new outpatient center live!
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.