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SoutheastHEALTH Announces Major Capital Investments to Advance Healthcare for Southeast Missouri

Community announcements | Thursday, May 13, 2021
West campus expansion rendering

SoutheastHEALTH today unveiled plans for a $125 million, three-phase expansion. The newest complex will house the Southeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center, Women’s Integrated Health Services and an Ambulatory Surgery Center at its west campus located on South Mount Auburn Road.

The first phase of the project, the new, $30 million Behavioral Health Hospital opened earlier this spring, meeting a critical need for additional behavioral health services in this region.

Construction of phase two, a $75 million investment includes a 70,000 square foot Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center and Women’s Integrated Health Services, will get underway this summer with a projected completion date of early 2023. This phase will also include renovations at the main hospital campus on Lacey street.

Planning is underway for the final phase which is construction of a $20 million Ambulatory Surgery Center featuring surgical suites for specialties that include Orthopedics, General Surgery and Women’s Health. A construction start date has not been finalized.

Funding for the project, the largest in the history of SoutheastHEALTH, was through a bond sale which was completed yesterday, May 12, and was a huge success. Over $1.3 billion in orders were placed for $65 million of bond issues, nearly 20 times oversubscribed. Some of the largest funds in the world are making huge investments in SoutheastHEALTH.

SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman said, “This successful bond offering further exemplifies the confidence that world-renowned investors have in SoutheastHEALTH, and reaffirms our ongoing commitment to the communities we serve that we will continue to offer the highest level of care for residents in southeast Missouri for future generations. Congratulations, SoutheastHEALTH employees, physicians and staff for reaching this admirable milestone.”

Bateman said the increasing volumes in these service lines underscore the need for expanded facilities. “Healthcare services are moving to outpatient settings because of technological advancements, patient preferences and financial incentives. It’s important that we provide an easily accessible, world class facility that will meet the ongoing needs of our community well into the future.”

Each of the two new centers meets patients’ specific needs in innovative ways, he added. As planning for services at Women’s Integrated Health Services moves forward,

“SoutheastHEALTH will launch a full research study of women in our service area to engage them about what they want, and need, for optimal health as they transition through the unique milestones of a woman’s life.”

The women’s center will house Obstetrics and Gynecology services, will provide flex suites for physicians with subspecialties including Cardiac, Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, and as new services are needed, this space will accommodate specialty service expansion. The facility will also be the new home for extensive breast health services including mammography, advanced diagnostics and some surgical procedures, an education center and medical spa services.

“Women should feel confident in choosing healthcare that’s right for them. The individualized, personalized care they always have received at SoutheastHEALTH will flourish even more in this setting,” Bateman noted.

Since SoutheastHEALTH established Southeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in 2019, its growth has been exponential. There are currently three exceptionally-trained Orthopedic surgeons and two Sports Medicine physicians. They will soon be joined by an Orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand procedures and a Pediatric orthopedic surgeon. A new bone health clinic is being developed to help patients achieve optimal bone health, and the clinic is now offering same day appointments for established patients.

“There is an immense need for Orthopedic care in this area,” Bateman said. “At Southeast Orthopedics, we have brought advanced techniques to residents of southeast Missouri that did not exist here before. With our new center and team of providers, we will bring Orthopedic care across the age spectrum to a new level.”

SoutheastHEALTH’s presence on the West Campus began in June of 2000 with the acquisition of land which is now home to The Southeast Cancer Center and Southeast Medical Plaza. Both projects were completed on the property in 2011.

Bateman said additional details about the massive new project, including its positive economic impact on the community and additional services at the medical complex, will be announced as additional plans are finalized.