Capital Needs

SSM Health Saint Louis University

Built in 1933, SSM Health SLU Hospital serves 2.4 million people across the St. Louis region annually. The facility is one of only two Level 1 Trauma Centers in a 300 mile radius and is nationally recognized as an American College of Surgeons Level One Trauma Center. SSM Health SLU Hospital provides extraordinary care to the St. Louis community and beyond, but the existing SLU Hospital can no longer accommodate the state-of-the-art technological and medical advancements that support our exceptional patient care.

The new SSM Health Saint Louis University (SLU) Hospital promises to transform our academic medical center partnership with SLU School of Medicine into an industry-leading center of excellence that sets patient care and medical education standards. This state-of-the-art academic medical center promises to be one of the most advanced patient-centered facilities in the nation—meeting the growing needs of our community and supporting medical advancements and innovation. All the while, SSM Health SLU Hospital will be expanding its reputation as a leading hospital by responding to the community’s urgent needs through a variety of services including behavioral health, prevention, and emergency medicine.

SSM Health SLU Hospital offers medically advanced health and wellness services in over 30 areas of care.

Each year, SSM Health provides $500 million in charitable care annually—including more than $77.8 million for community benefit and uninsured/underinsured patients treated at SSM Health SLU Hospital (2017).

The Grand New SSM Health SLU Hospital:

  • $550 million replacement hospital in the heart of downtown
  • Improved ambulatory care center
  • 15 spacious acres on Grand Boulevard
  • 803,000 square feet (14 floors including 4 floors dedicated to ambulatory care)
  • 316 private inpatient rooms for comfortable, personal care
  • 2 expanded intensive care units (80 beds)
  • Expanded Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Expanded Level 1 Stroke Center
  • State-of-the-art Emergency Department
  • Expanded Outpatient Services Department
  • Commons Café, Chapel, Gift Shop, Welcome Desk, and Conference Space to meet the needs of patients and their families
  • Large parking garage with valet service
  • Separate Emergency Department parking for convenience

Our truly transformational new hospital facility will include:

Emergency Department & Level 1 Trauma Center:

As a Level 1 Trauma and Stroke Center, our Emergency Department responds to community needs such as low-income and minority population health and increased violent crime. Keeping on pace to serve more than 48,000 patients annually, including many who are uninsured or underinsured, SSM Health SLU Hospital provides care to many members of the St. Louis community and beyond. In 2016, trauma care needs increased 10% and are expected to continue to increase. Our innovative patient flow design will reduce evaluation and wait times to prevent walkouts and improve public health outcomes alongside two new helipads that ensure faster care.

Healing Garden and Natural Spaces:

Alongside innovative medical care, SSM Health SLU Hospital will be home to multiple green spaces that are shown to improve patient healing by positively impacting physical ailments, mental health, and overall wellbeing. The new hospital will integrate natural materials, an abundance of natural light and the serene Commons courtyard garden for the benefit of patients, families, staff and community. In the future, the garden will connect the campuses of SSM Health SLU Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital—benefitting families that have members admitted to both hospitals.

New Geriatric Acute Care Floor:

SSM Health SLU Hospital is internationally recognized for its geriatric medicine program. First in the nation to establish an Acute Care for the Elderly Unit, we have proven our ability to use innovative care to accelerate recovery in older adults by emphasizing early rehabilitation and social interaction.The new Acute Care Floor houses a spacious dayroom located between gender-specific units, featuring semi-private rooms to enhance socialization and interaction. Together, these new facilites boost medical outcomes among older adults.

Acclaimed Abdominal Transplant Center:

Known for its forward approach and successful outcomes, our transplant center will expand to accommodate increasing referrals and research activity. The SSM Health SLU transplant team provides medical and surgical services for patients with end-stage organ failure requiring liver, kidney, kidney-pancreas and/or isolated pancreas transplantation—including patients with end-stage renal disease, liver disease and advanced Type 1 Diabetes.

The new center also provides blood, marrow, and stem cell transplantation. SSM Health SLU specialists have performed hundreds of bone marrow transplants since 1990 which showcase our continued excellence. We are the only outpatient bone marrow transplant center in the region. By offering outpatient treatment to select cancer patients SSM Health SLU Hospital provides an alternative to lengthy hospital stays.

Midtown Corridor Redevelopment:

SSM Health SLU Hospital provides an opportunity to reverse the problematic trend of urban healthcare facility loss at a time when corridor between the Arch and Forest Park promises to revitalize businesses, jobs, and residences.

The Arch to Park Collaborative estimates that over the next 10 years, the St. Louis region will gain more than 10,000 jobs. SSM Health SLU Hospital’s capital project is proud to be part of that movement as one of 16 capital projects estimated between $5-7 billion total presently planned within the corridor.

*Scientific American, How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal, by Deborah Franklin, March 1, 2012.