New Medical Programs and Facilities Impact St. Louis Area


Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is bringing a new nine-story ambulatory care facility to the University of Washington Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in 2024, the center will be dedicated to outpatient cancer care. Patients will be able to receive treatments in one setting, reducing the need to travel and schedule multiple appointments. In addition to 96 examination rooms, 88 infusion modules, radiology and breast imaging departments and laboratories, patients will have access to clinical trials. “We try to offer everything in one place,” says Linda Postula, chief nursing officer for the faculty practice plan to physicians at the University of Washington. “Not only will the center have first-class and complementary care, but we will also offer acupuncture, massages, yoga… We want to [patients] to be able to have more than what they are doing right now. The building is totally focused on oncology for these patients.

Beyond infections

When Dr. Alexandre Lacasse treats patients at the new infectious disease clinic at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, the care often goes beyond writing a prescription and sending them home. “I think it’s obvious that we love what we do,” says Lacasse, an infectious disease and internal medicine physician at SSM Health. “It’s much more about making sure they have transportation to get to the clinic, that they really understand what’s going on, that they have support, that they’ll be accepted into the clinic. community. This is a service that will be individualized according to need. The clinic also offers pre-exposure prophylaxis, a treatment that reduces the risk of contracting HIV during sex by about 99%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

High energy

On July 1, the Mercy Proton Therapy Center at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center opened its doors to patients. One of 37 proton centers across the United States, it uses high-energy proton beams to irradiate a tumor with reduced exposure to other parts of the body. “We have decided that now is the time to move forward as Mercy is committed to advancing patient care,” said Steve Mackin, President and CEO of Mercy. “We have top-notch clinical talent and we have a growing number of patients who we know will benefit.”

A program with heart

St. Luke’s Hospital provides patients with world-class cardiac and vascular care, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, ranked #1 for cardiac care in US news and world report. The hospital’s Heart Failure Center has everything patients need under one roof: diagnostic, interventional, and surgical offerings, as well as heart disease prevention and rehabilitation programs. “By being organized this way, it allows us to do things that we didn’t do before,” says Dr. Shane LaRue, director of the Heart Failure Center. One result: “to provide patients with exposure to potential therapies that are still only available through trials.”

A warm welcome

Last December, Mercy Hospital South opened 15 state-of-the-art labour, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites. About twice the size of a typical hospital room, suites are more family-friendly and include soaking tubs that patients can use while in labor. “Physical transformation is just one part of our investment in expanding access to health care for women in South County,” Mercy spokesman Joe Poelker said. Work to expand the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and refurbish three OB triage rooms is also underway and is expected to be completed early next year.

With the heart

The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation recently provided NICU items and a generous financial donation to Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis in an effort to meet the mental and emotional health needs of parents and other caregivers. medically complex infants and young children with critical congenital disease. heart disease. This mission is the primary focus of the Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation, which the founders established after their son Ollie died of a congenital heart defect.

Stylists against skin cancer

In partnership with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Ramona Behshad, SLUCare dermatologist and assistant professor at the SLU School of Medicine, founded Stylists Against Skin Cancer. The program aims to educate and empower hairstylists to identify scalp melanoma, one of the most difficult to detect and deadliest forms of skin cancer. With early detection by dermatologists and hairdressers, followed by prompt treatment, scalp melanoma is curable.

Preventive measures

For some people, a genetic background puts them at high risk for breast cancer before they reach the recommended age range for regular mammograms. St. Clare’s Hospital in Fenton is currently developing a high-risk breast program to treat people with this genetic background who should have regular mammograms and MRIs to monitor breast health. The program originated after a patient found out her aunt was at higher risk for breast cancer and then contacted breast surgeon Pamela Bunting at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital. This proactive decision contributed to the identification and treatment of the patient’s own breast cancer.

A ray of sunshine

Staff in the intensive care unit at SSM Health DePaul Hospital are looking for ways to brighten patients’ days. A nurse, for example, draws cartoon characters on the windows, and the team sometimes organizes surprise birthday parties. It’s part of a “holistic perspective,” says Angela Fraley, executive director of nursing operations. “We’re trying to think outside the box and make the experience a little different from what people expect when they’re in intensive care.”

Growing up

This year, Mercy Fertility Care Services is celebrating something of a milestone: 45 consecutive years of care. Over time, the department has evolved in multiple ways. In addition to natural planning services, the Women’s Health Clinic now offers services to address reproductive issues, such as irregular menstrual cycles and infertility, as well as translation services for patients and their families. “The department has grown significantly, having served over 5,400 women or couples,” says department head K. Diane Daly. “There are so many memorable moments.”

Take care of pets

Pets of Mercy Hospice patients can support their loved ones through their end-of-life care, thanks to Mercy Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind. The program provides quality pet care, offering financial assistance for pet food and bedding, necessary veterinary care, and volunteer pet care, including walking, playing and sufficient affection, waste collection and food. Most importantly, the program carefully rehouses the pets of deceased hospice patients with no family member or friend to take them in to ensure they are cared for for the rest of their lives.


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