SGCMH breaks ground on new office building
Pictured l-r: Katie Hogenmiller, Director of Nursing; Erika Leung, MD; Tom French, Chamber of Commerce President; Bruce Giesler, Friends Foundation President; Susan O’Donnell, MD; Matthew Bosner, MD, Chief of Staff; Veronica Sharlow, Board of Trustees Vice Chairman; Rod Scherer, Board of Trustees President; Tom Keim, CEO; Missy Sutton, Director Physician Clinics; Mark Fallert, Board of Trustees Treasurer; Martin Toma, Ste. Genevieve City Administrator; Sarah Kelly, Director of Human Resources and Support Services; Solomon Noguera, MD; Cindy Glassey, President Partners Auxiliary; Dena Kreitler, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; and Nick Wehner, Board of Trustees Member.
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital officials, city officials and other invited guests ceremonially turned shovels full of dirt to begin construction of a two-story medical office building on the east side of its main campus.
Tom Keim, SGCMH CEO, welcomed guests and explained that the hospital has over its 50-year history continued to make meaningful and significant improvements to healthcare in Ste. Genevieve and the region.
“Unlike many small, rural hospitals, we did not settle for the status quo,” he said. “We did not set our course to be just another rural hospital. We set our goals to be a strong, independent hospital to niche out services in our community and to establish ourselves as a regional center for great care. Today, we take another bold step forward and we break ground on the future of healthcare in Ste. Genevieve County. We are bringing to this community a spectacular medical office building and modern inpatient rooms to our med surge department that will expand access to some of the best medical care and health services available in our region.”
Dr. Matthew Bosner, SGCMH Chief of Staff, also addressed the attendees.
“To maintain a vibrant local inpatient, outpatient system for our county and the surrounding area, our hospital leadership has initiated this major building project,” said Dr. Bosner. “The Ste. Genevieve Community will appreciate and utilize this new expansion of our healthcare facility. This ambitious and comprehensive project will provide the facilities required to ensure that the state-of-the-art healthcare provided now will continue well into the future.”
Construction on the yet-unnamed 36,000 square foot medical building will begin in just a few days and will open roughly a year from now. General contractor for the project is McGrath Construction working with TKH architects, who designed the building.
The project will feature a ground floor medical office building with 20 exam rooms, plus a complete pharmacy and drive thru. The second story will be home to 21 private patient rooms, plus an additional two private rooms for the dual purpose of sleep study and observation capability. This new building allows an outpatient physician clinic to be closer to ancillary services of lab, diagnostic imaging, respiratory and physical therapy.
Remarks were kept short due to the blustery weather, but Keim did have a few closing remarks.
“We work very hard to earn your trust and be the best that we can be for each patient that we have the honor and privilege to care for,” he said. “We do not practice corporate medicine, nor do we have a big corporation that stands behind us. Your trust and confidence in us is what has brought us here today. We are your friends, we are your neighbors we are part of your community. I would also like to thank our 425 plus employees and volunteers who work hard each and every day to provide personalized and compassionate care. They truly make a difference. Now let’s move some dirt!”