Siteman Cancer Center

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is among just a handful of research centers nationwide earning an 'exceptional' rating from the National Cancer Institute.

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SHILOH — Siteman Cancer Center is planning to open its first facility in Illinois, hospital officials said Tuesday.

Officials are seeking approval from state health regulators to build a $38.3 million facility in Shiloh, Illinois, on the new 94-acre campus of Memorial Hospital East.

If approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, construction would begin in early 2018, and completion is slated for late 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of BJC HealthCare's decision to seek full control of both Memorial hospitals — the one in Shiloh and the other in Belleville.

About two years ago, the two formed a partnership to run the two hospitals jointly. BJC HealthCare, the Metro East's largest medical provider, is now seeking approval to change the ownership structure, eliminating Memorial's stake.

In an application to state health regulators, BJC argues the change will simplify the organization’s structure and result in cost savings.

The Siteman Cancer Center will be a three-story building with 70,650 square feet.

This will be the cancer center's sixth location. The cancer facilities are operated by Washington University physicians in partnership with BJC HealthCare.

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