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Construction on Track for New SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center


Construction on the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center is on track as 2018 saw the completion of several key milestones in the project’s schedule.

Over the past year, the area north of the hospital has been transformed from vacant lots into a bustling construction site where two large, distinctive structures are taking shape as the new, state-of-the-art $550 million hospital and ambulatory care facility.

SSM Health announced the plan to construct the new hospital and ambulatory care center in 2015. The paired structures will replace the current hospital. The announced construction also marked the start of the official partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University, as well as an expansion of the decades-long partnership between SSM Health and SLUCare Physician Group, the University’s academic medical practice.

2018's Milestones


Guests and employees of Saint Louis University and SSM Health celebrated the topping out of the hospital in a ceremony where the final steel beam was lowered into place. The beam bore the signatures of employees and well-wishers.

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Vacant lots become the stage for a new $550 health care and research intersection at Grand Boulevard and Chouteau Avenue. SSM Health photo


 The Ambulatory Care Center’s steel structure was completed.

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Construction continued in earnest as the steel structure was completed for the new hospital. SSM Health photo


All foundation work for the entire SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital was completed.

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The new hospital and ambulatory care center buildings are taking shape. SSM Health photo


Crews began installing drywall in the hospital, with terracotta and curtain walls being added to the exterior to enclose the hospital’s structure.

University leaders, SSM officials and local dignitaries including St. Louis Mayor Lyde Krewson, Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. and Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso, D.D., of the Archdiocese of St. Louis broke ground for the new hospital and care center in August 2017. Construction has been underway ever since. The relationship between SLU and SSM Health extends back more than a century.

The new hospital and ambulatory care center are slated to care for their first patients in September 2020.

Things to Look Forward to in 2019


Emergency generators will be installed, tested and made ready for the hospital’s 2020 opening.


Interior finishing work will begin in the hospital. Elevators will be installed.


Crews will begin building the new parking garage.


A new traffic sign will be installed on Grand Boulevard at the new hospital’s entrance.

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University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. (center), joined SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital President Kate Becker (right center) and other dignitaries to break ground on the project. Photo by Amelia  Flood

New SLU Hospital: Quick Construction Stats


Workforce hours clocked to date


Panes of glass installed


Cubic yards of cement poured to date


Linear feet of piping

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. 

About SLUCare Physician Group
SLUCare Physician Group is the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University, with more than 500 health care providers and 1,200 staff members in hospitals and medical offices throughout the St. Louis region. SLUCare physicians are among the most highly trained in their fields – more than 50 specialties in all – and are national and international experts, renowned for research and innovations in medicine. For more information, visit us at

About SSM Health St. Louis
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. SSM Health St. Louis operates 8 hospitals, 12 urgent care locations and more than 40 medical offices in the area. One of the largest employers in St. Louis, SSM Health St. Louis is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit us at or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Story by Tracy Santhuff, SLUCare Marketing, and Amelia Flood, University Marketing and Communications.

Video, construction photos and additional information provided by SSM Health.