BJC Board Approves New Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

The plan to replace Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital (BJWCH) is a step closer to reality. After nearly two years of planning, the design of the new hospital is complete and approved by the BJC Board of Directors. Contractors are expected to break ground in the first quarter of 2017.

“We’re very excited to share the vision of our beautiful new facilities,” says Trish Lollo, president, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “The design team has worked closely with our leadership and team members to create a modern patient care environment that further enables clinicians to provide the very best care and support the needs of our patients.”

The new hospital calls for 64 private patient rooms, four intensive care unit rooms and 14 operating rooms, with room for future expansion to 100 patient rooms and 16 operating rooms. An adjoining medical office building will facilitate access to hospital services. The new facilities will be constructed on the existing Creve Coeur campus.

The new hospital will continue BJWCH’s focus on low acuity, short-stay surgical and medical cases, including colorectal, gastroenterology, joint reconstruction/ replacement, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastics, spine, thoracic, urology and vascular surgery.

“The patients at our BJC hospitals have come to expect exceptional care in a comfortable, safe and healing environment,” adds Lollo. “The new facilities are designed to incorporate advanced approaches to patient care, which will further support our skilled clinicians.

The new hospital will open first quarter 2019.  Project updates will appear on

What is being built – by the numbers

260,000-square-foot hospital

  • Three levels of private patient rooms
  • 64 rooms will open in 2019
  • Capacity for 32 additional rooms in response to future growth
  • 14 operating rooms will open in 2019
  • Capacity for two additional operating rooms in response to future growth
  • Four intensive care unit rooms
  • Separate elevators for staff, patients and visitors, and supplies
  • Welcoming lobby, waiting areas, guest services and café
  • Interventional radiology
  • New emergency department

100,000-square-foot medical office building

  • Connected to the hospital
  • Four floors of physician office space
  • Convenient parking directly under the building

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is a 77-bed community medical center located in west St. Louis County and has been providing has been providing high-quality health care in a compassionate, healing environment since 1989. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare. BJC is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC serves the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

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