Mercy is starting to make good on its promise to invest millions at its new campus, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, over the next few years.
Mercy said Tuesday that it will build a 70,000-square-foot standalone cancer center at the south St. Louis County hospital, which it acquired one year ago.
The project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2019 and is estimated to cost $54 million.
“…cancer care was one of the things identified as being important to the community,” said Mike McCurry, president of St. Anthony’s. Mercy held a number of meetings with community leaders and residents to get a sense of what they wanted from the hospital.
McCurry said they’ve outgrown the current cancer space within the facility, which he described as “cramped.”
“The community is aging so we think there will be even more need in the future.”
The new center will directly compete with BJC HealthCare’s Siteman Cancer Center, which is less than five miles away from St. Anthony’s campus, which will take on the new name of Mercy Hospital South on Oct. 1.
Siteman opened its 84,000-square-foot cancer facility in 2013 near Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road. BJC has continued to build other satellite locations across the metro region, which allows some patients to receive cancer care closer to home without having to visit the flagship campus closer to downtown St. Louis off Kingshighway.
In addition to adding cancer care, Mercy said it will spend more than $20 million to build nine new primary care clinics throughout the southern region including Jefferson County and Monroe County.
Clayton-based Bates Architects has been selected as the architect on the project, while the contractor has yet to be named, according to hospital officials.