Doctors will not get patients in the door until monday. But, they did get to see their brand-new outpatient clinic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
"In the building, we are relocating primary-care clinics,' said hospital president Rich Liekweg. 'Some specialty clinics, surgical clinics, that right now are spread across the campus. The programs that are moved here primarily serve our Medicaid patient population and those that are without insurance."
Nurses and doctors get to enjoy brand-new equipment in a brand-new building. But, patients with multiple health problems get to enjoy faster, more efficient care.
"Now, if we have a patient that comes in -- and let's say -- for OB care but has a wound because of a burn,' Liekweg pointed out. 'Rather than having to traverse across the campus they can just move down the hall or up one floor."
While other hospitals are closing, St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay says he is glad BJC is expanding their Central West End campus.
"It really shows a continued, substantial commitment of this hospital and the entire system to the people of St. Louis.'
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