STE. GENEVIEVE, MO (KFVS) - Ste. Genevieve City officials and Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital officials broke ground last week to begin construction of a two-story medical office building to be added on the hospital’s main campus.
The 36,000 square foot building will feature a medical surgical (med surg) unit with 20 exam rooms, a complete pharmacy and drive-thru on the first floor. The second will house 21 private patient rooms with two additional private rooms for the dual purpose of sleep study and observation capability.
“With now med surg, we are able to provide the community another modern building and facility that really meets the healthcare needs of the community,” Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital CEO Tom Keim said.
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit; county-owned critical access hospital governed by a community-elected five-member Board of Trustees. SGCMH opened in 1969 as a 35-bed facility with 42 employees.
"Now after 50 years, healthcare has changed so much," Keim stated. "In those 50 years, we want this building to be reflective of the type of care that patients want to see and the environment to really make the patient experience a good one."
Keim said they have become a regional player in the community as they have grown in many areas over the years; including the growth of the amount of employees they have. The hospital currently employs more than 420 people.
"In the last 12 years we've virtually doubled our workforce," Keim mentioned. "The service lines that we have expanded in to. There will be new jobs added to this because this building is a two-story building which will not only include the new med surg unit, but it will also have a medical office building in the bottom floor."
Keim said that this new facility gives them the opportunity to improve the patient experience. He said it wouldn't be possible without the support from the community and is thankful that they can expand their services to provide more care for them.
“The state of healthcare in Ste. Genevieve is very strong and growing,” Keim stated. “We are very proud that we’re here to provide that patient experience for people that really trust their care to us. We take that very seriously and appreciate the fact that they put their healthcare trust in us.”