SJH Breese Groundbreaking

Pictured, from L to R: HSHS VP of External Relations Brian Reardon, HSHS SID President and CEO Jim Dover, Hospital President and CEO Paulette Evans, Hospital Board Member Carson Hempen, HSHS Physician Dr. Tim Ruff, Hospital Board Member George Kruse, Hospital Board Chair John Hudspeth, Poettker Construction CEO Chuck Poettker, Hospital Board Member Tom Broeckling, BSA Architectural representative Dan Dallich, and Deacon Linus Klostermann.

The official groundbreaking ceremony and blessing for the new ambulatory surgery expansion at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital – Breese was held on Monday, with officials citing the commitment of both hospital staff and the communities served to quality health care in Clinton County.

Hospital President and CEO Paulette Evans served as emcee for the event, noting the groups and individuals who made the project possible.

“I need to take a moment to give special thanks to a large group of people who are not in this tent with us – the colleagues, physician partners and volunteers that are caring for our patients and their families,” she said. Additionally, she expressed gratitude to the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, as well as the project team that made the project a reality.

Hospital Board Chair John Hudspeth commented that since 1890, the people of Clinton County have come together when necessary to provide the tools and resources needed for quality healthcare in a rural setting.

“Our hard work has paid off,” he said. “Today, our hospital in Breese is one of the highest-rated hospitals in the St. Louis area. Only one other hospital in all of Illinois received a CMS five-star rating. And most importantly, our patients say that we provide the best care they’ve ever had. Chances are that if you’ve been here for care, this is the hospital you would choose to visit again if the need arises.”

HSHS SID President and CEO Jim Dover spoke to the crowd, gathered under a tent near the construction site, on behalf of the HSHS leadership team.

“We are blessed to have such dedicated colleagues who rolled up their sleeves and did the hard work planning and developing a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center for HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Breese,” he said. We appreciate the dedication of the colleagues who provide healing at St. Joseph’s – all the doctors, nurses, technicians, and support staff. They are the reason HSHS is investing more than $9 million on this project. It’s not every day that we make such a sizable financial investment.”

The expansion, which is slated for completion in December of 2017, will link seamlessly to the north side of the hospital, which faces the St. Joseph’s HealthPlex. The plan includes creating 22 private patient rooms, offering a higher level of privacy and comfort for patients and their families. Poettker Construction won the bid to serve as the general contractor of the project.

More information will be available on the hospital expansion as each phase of the project begins. For questions or concerns, call the hospital’s communications office at (618) 526-5439.

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