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St. Luke's: A Decade in Review

The teens were a decade of growth for St. Luke's network of care. Take a look at some of our biggest moments from the last 10 years. 

The beginning of the decade saw the addition of St. Luke’s Hospice Services, which provides quality, compassionate end-of-life medical care and counseling for patients in the comfort of their own homes. St. Luke’s also opened its hybrid operating room, which provides patients state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular care. Later in the year, St. Luke’s opened its sixth urgent care center near the intersection of Olive Boulevard and Old Ballas Road, St. Luke’s Urgent Care Center – Creve Coeur

The redesign of the surgical services for the St. Luke’s Heart Institute added the Cardiovascular Step-down Unit (CV Step Down), offering convenience and streamlined care for cardiac patients and their families. The unit includes 12 private rooms and allows cardiovascular surgery patients to receive care conveniently all on the same side of the hospital. 

St. Luke’s Hospital launched St. Luke’s Cancer Rehabilitation Program, the first in St. Louis to earn the nationally-recognized STAR Program® Certification (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation). The program focuses on the physical and emotional healing of cancer survivors. Later in the year, St. Luke’s Hospital opened a six-room addition to its emergency department. The expansion was made possible by an $800,000 donation from Marvin and Harlene Wool. St. Luke’s expanded its care and opened St. Luke’s Convenient Care, located inside Dierbergs Des Peres. The walk-in clinic sees patients 2 years and older and treats minor illnesses and injuries such as sore throats and earaches. 

With a grant from The Saigh Foundation, St. Luke’s renovated The Saigh Foundation Special Care Nursery. St. Luke’s Level II neonatal special care nursery is available to provide medical care for premature infants, including those delivered as early as 30 weeks, and babies with other special medical needs. Later in the year, St. Luke’s opened its seventh urgent care, St. Luke’s Urgent Care Center – Ladue, in the Ladue Crossing shopping center. 

St. Luke’s began offering Open Upright MRI, a first-of-its-kind imaging technology in the state, which helps those who are claustrophobic or fear being in enclosed spaces have a new option when it comes to receiving prescribed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

St. Luke’s welcomed its new president and chief executive officer, Christine M. Candio, at the start of the year. Candio began her career as a nurse, progressed through nursing leadership ranks at several hospitals and gained extensive healthcare operations and executive leadership experience during the past three decades. In November, St. Luke’s eighth urgent care center, St. Luke’s Urgent Care – Chesterfield, opened its doors on Chesterfield Airport Road. In addition, a physician office is onsite for patients’ ongoing primary healthcare needs. 

In January, St. Luke’s announced its affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The affiliation combines the academic, clinical and research components of Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s number one heart hospital, with St. Luke’s. In February, St. Luke’s celebrated 150 years of providing high-quality, compassionate care to the greater St. Louis community. February 28 marked the anniversary, the day St. Luke’s admitted its first patient in 1866 at its original location near present-day Interstate 55 and Russell Boulevard. 

St. Luke’s dedicated the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr. Outpatient Center, Building B in January. The building provides space for physician offices and the expansion of St. Luke’s physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation services. St. Luke’s nutrition wellness and diabetes center, anticoagulation clinic; and wound care and hyperbaric medicine services all relocated to Building B. In October, St. Luke’s opened the Selke Healthcare Center in Greenville, Ill., dedicated in honor of Kenneth Selke, MD for his lifelong commitment to excellence in healthcare. Services at the Center include nephrology, pulmonary, cardiac testing, diagnostics and treatment. At the end of the year, St. Luke’s became the first and only hospital in the St. Louis area to implement CertaScan, replacing ink footprints with digital footprints to enhance security for newborns. 

The year kicked off with the acquisition of St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital, which brought together two hospitals with talented care teams and a shared vision for providing the highest quality care. In May, St. Luke’s Hospital earned the designation as a Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network site, part of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Center Network, reflecting St. Luke’s commitment to integrating research and high-quality care to improve the lives of our complex, fibrotic lung disease patients. 

St. Luke’s Hospital was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Prostate Surgery by Healthgrades. St. Luke’s Hospital became the first hospital in the St. Louis area to offer the Inspire Therapy device, a new treatment for sleep apnea patients who do not tolerate or see positive improvement from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatments. In May, St. Luke’s announced its plans to develop a new ambulatory surgery center on the west campus of St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. The new center will be located on the top floor of the Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Desloge, Jr. Outpatient Center, Building B, with a targeted 2020 opening. 

We look forward to serving you in decades to come!