Siteman Cancer Center is planning to start construction on a $13.1m expansion of the cancer services at Barnes-Jewish St Peters Hospital in St Charles County in October.

The project also includes expansion of two other Siteman locations, at Washington University Medical Center and in south St Louis county.

Scheduled to be completed in November 2016, the project will expand the hospital’s existing cancer treatment facility from 19,500ft² to 30,750ft².

The move is in addition to expansion projects currently underway at Siteman’s main campus at Washington University Medical Center and at Siteman Cancer Center-South County, near Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road.

"Our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve."

Under the expansion, additional physicians and healthcare staff will be added to serve the growing number of patients seeking specialised cancer care at Siteman.

The expansion at St Peters hospital will involve the addition of 12 exam rooms and 21 chemotherapy infusion chairs.

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At the hospital, three more medical oncologists will be added to bring the total to six, while two radiation oncologists will be recruited, up from one full-time and one part-time oncologist.

Washington University School of Medicine Department of Surgery head Timothy Eberlein said: "The expansion in St Charles County demonstrates the commitment of Siteman and its partners, Barnes-Jewish St Peters Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the School of Medicine, to the health of patients in Missouri and beyond."

At Siteman’s four locations, Washington University physicians treat 43,000 people each year, including 9,000 newly diagnosed patients.

Barnes-Jewish St Peters Hospital president Larry Tracy said: "Our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

"In addition to providing excellent care, we want to ensure our patients’ comfort. That’s why the design process also focused on maintaining the friendly, community hospital atmosphere they appreciate."

Barnes-Jewish St Peters Hospital, which is part of BJC HealthCare, is providing $10.6m in funding for the project, with the remaining provided by Washington University School of Medicine.

Image: At St Peters Hospital, Siteman will break ground on a $13.1m project in October. Photo: courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis.