HSHS St. John’s Hospital, SIU Medicine and HSHS Medical Group unveiled the new women and children’s clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 with an event that included a blessing, ribbon cutting, reception and building preview. Many health care leaders, colleagues and community members were present as the Rev. Msgr. David J. Hoefler of the Diocese of Springfield blessed the new space.
“As we carry on the mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, our main goal is to improve access and convenience for our patients while providing the best possible care,” said E.J. Kuiper, president and CEO of the HSHS Central Illinois Division hospitals. “This new clinic will provide an optimal outpatient environment for women and children. It will also strengthen our care partnerships with SIU Medicine and HSHS Medical Group, which is extremely important to us.”
The new 85,000-square-foot outpatient center will improve care coordination by providing numerous services under one roof. Patients will be able to see their physicians, receive follow-up and diagnostic services with easy access to St. John’s Hospital and St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
“We are committed to this region and to strategic alliances that help SIU Medicine bring the best medical care and services to the women and children of the region,” said SIU Medicine CEO, Dr. Jerry Kruse. “We value the partnership that is symbolized in the opening of this new facility with HSHS St. John’s. Together we are recruiting and educating the next generation of primary care physicians, specialists and health care professionals for central and southern Illinois.”
This $48.4 million project includes a four-story medical facility, parking garage and a sky bridge across Ninth Street that connects to St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Patients and families coming to the new outpatient center will have access to a lab and pharmacy; pediatric rehabilitation with an expanded therapy gym; pediatric cardiology services and diagnostic testing; mammography and other imaging tests; pediatric orthopedics and general surgery; maternal-fetal medicine; pediatric multi-specialty clinic; plus obstetrics and gynecology. A café and healing garden are also part of the new facility.
“This new facility will enhance the health care available to Springfield and surrounding communities,” said Loren Hughes, MD, president of HSHS Medical Group. “This beautiful new facility is now home to HSHS Medical Group Children’s Surgical Services, which includes pediatric general surgery and pediatric orthopedic surgery. Our compassionate physicians, advanced care practitioners and medical staff have been caring for Springfield and surrounding communities for many years. They have built and continue to build a legacy of high quality, patient-first health care. We are excited to partner with HSHS St. John’s Hospital and SIU Medicine to offer extensive specialty care in one convenient location, allowing us to offer complete care for children and their families.”
Additionally, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis are donating a statue for an outdoor healing garden that will commemorate the 1908 Race Riots that tragically occurred right by where this facility stands today. St. John’s has also commissioned artist Preston Jackson to create a work of art depicting the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis caring for victims side by side regardless of race in moments following the horrific riots. This composition, which will be the centerpiece of an educational wall exhibit on the 1908 Race Riot on the first floor, will be unveiled later this year.
The new building will be fully occupied and functional this winter.
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.
SIU School of Medicine (www.siumed.edu) is a public medical school established in 1970 and focused on the health care needs of downstate Illinois. A leader in medical education, the school has been internationally acclaimed for its innovations in medical education, including standardized patients, problem-based learning and curriculum assessment. SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities. Since opening, more than 5,500 physicians have graduated from its medical degree, residency and fellowship programs.