St. Louis-based health system Mercy said Tuesday it would invest $74 million to build a new cancer center and nine primary care clinics in the St. Louis region.
Mercy will spend $54 million to construct a standalone cancer center at St. Anthony’s, the south St. Louis County hospital it acquired a year ago. Construction is expected to be completed by next summer.
St. Anthony’s President Mike McCurry said community members identified cancer care as an important service, and that the hospital had outgrown its current cancer facilities. The new center is expected to compete with BJC HealthCare’s Siteman Cancer Center, located less than five miles away.
Mercy also will spend more than $20 million building the nine primary care clinics across the southern part of the St. Louis metro, in areas including Jefferson County and Monroe County. The facilities will help address a need for more primary care physicians, Mercy said.
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