FRONTENAC, MO. (KPLR) - Shriners Hospital for Children Wednesday announced it will close its current facility in Frontenac and open a new hospital in the City of St. Louis.
Dan Gray has the details of the major announcement.
Shriners Hospital for Children has been on south Lindbergh for 50 years, but next year it will close and a new hospital open on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine.
It’s a $47 million dollar hospital that will be built on Clayton Avenue between Taylor and Newstead. It will have 12 inpatient beds, down from 80 beds at the current hospital. Officials say the reduction is due to shorter hospital stays and more outpatient treatment. A patient was also at Wednesday’s news conference who praised the Shriners for it’s commitment to a new hospital.
The new hospital will be closer to Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital, both longtime partners with Shriners hospital.