Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital celebrated the “topping out” of structural steel on the 260,000 square foot replacement hospital and the adjoining 100,000 square foot medical office building March 1.
That afternoon, cranes hoisted a steel beam, topped with an American flag, evergreen tree and the signatures of employees, physicians and construction workers, to the top of the building. Speakers included Trish Lollo, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital president, Chris Eagon, MD, Washington University bariatric surgeon, and chief of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital medical staff, Donna Ware, BJC executive director, planning and design; and Steve Baker, lead site superintendent, Paric Construction.
“Today, as a hospital community, we’re marking a significant project milestone, and next year we look forward to celebrating the opening of our brand new, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital,” Trish Lollo said. “This facility is really the hospital of the future – designed to care for patients in the most efficient, patient-centered and innovative ways right here in Creve Coeur. We will continue to serve our immediate community and the many people who travel from beyond St. Louis County for the expertise of our team.”
“The new hospital and medical office building we are celebrating today are a great example of many people, working together, to accomplish an important goal – to serve patients in need and deliver excellent patient care,” said Dr. Chris Eagon.
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital operating room team members, including left to right, Verona Gregory, surgical technologist; Sharon Hamilton, RNFA; Melody Ellis, RN; DeAnna King, surgical technologist; Candace Graham, surgical technologist; Cindy Preston, RN; and Amy Bauer, RNFA; sign the beam early Feb. 28 before surgery cases start. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital employees, physicians and construction workers, were invited to sign the final steel beam before the ceremony.
Medical Office Building
To learn more about the project, visit the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital construction website.