SSM Health expanded its children’s medical care in North St. Louis County with opening of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital pediatric health care specialty center in Ferguson.
“It’s been a long time in the making and identified as a critical need in the healthcare of this community and the surrounding communities,” said Steven Burghart, president of SSM Health Cardinal Glennon.
“We’re just really blessed to be the first and only pediatric specialty healthcare provider in the North County area. This means that so many children in these surrounding communities will be able to get exceptional healthcare they need, but get it closer to home.”
The pediatric center is a 15,000-square-foot new build owned by the Sansone Group, located off I-270 at 3878 Pershall Rd. The facility houses an office of pediatricians from SSM Health Medical Group Pediatrics. Ten medical sub-specialties are offered for children: endocrinology, otolaryngology (ENT or ear, nose and throat), gastroenterology, imaging, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology, renal/hypertension, sleep, sports medicine and urology, offered by Saint Louis University School of Medicine physicians and staff.
The official ribbon cutting celebration took place Thursday, April 25, about three weeks after the center opened for business.
Jim Sansone, a principal from the Sansone Group, said, “I think it’s a great celebration for the family and kids of North County, particularly Ferguson, to have this institution located here. It’s just a great blessing.”
The outpatient pediatric center is the first glimpse of Ferguson when driving up I-270, and Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said the facility does a lot for what people think of and how they look and view the city.
Knowles said, “We appreciate the work here to make this facility open and accessible to the people of North County and the people, especially, of the Ferguson community.”
State Sen. Brian Williams (D – District 14) thanked SSM for putting the facility there to help families in need and children who are sick and offered some simple advice.
“Meet people where they are,” Williams said, “and if you do that, you will be treating patients and transforming a community, just like Ferguson.”
State Rep. Cora Faith Walker (D – District 74) said she is excited about children throughout North County having easier access to health care right in their community.
“To hear and see a facility like this, where it’s clear how important investing in children really is, I am just beyond grateful for everyone who has been a part of this today,” Walker said, “and the opportunity and the ability for parents, for families, to partner with all the providers who are here to work together to make sure children in the area have access to healthcare and are able to live happy and healthy lives.”
The North County site is the sixth pediatric specialty center offered by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon throughout the St. Louis area.
The facility was designed by KAI.
For more information, visit cardinalglennon.com.