ST. LOUIS – When kids get sick, only the sickest ever spend time in the hospital. The others can usually be cared for in a doctor’s office, urgent care or other outpatient center.
Mercy is expanding in St. Charles County with a new 25,000-square-foot, pediatric outpatient center in Cottleville set to open in 2014. Officials from Cottleville, St. Charles County and Mercy gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Nov. 25. The new center is the latest addition for Mercy Kids.
“Mercy Kids is more than a hospital or a building – it includes a broad range of pediatric services and locations to meet the needs of children at every age,” said Dr. Joseph Kahn, president of Mercy Kids. “From immunizations to the latest therapies for autism to caring for kids with cancer, our physicians and other specialized caregivers work together to keep kids healthy.”
Mercy Kids Mid Rivers in Cottleville will offer general pediatric and pediatric sub-specialty care, after-hours pediatric convenient care, therapy and developmental services including autism-related services, outpatient behavioral health programs, a pediatric rehabilitation gym, and educational and screening programs to maximize children’s healthy.
“We want to provide the best care for kids in all Mercy locations,” said Dr. John Mantovani, child neurologist and pediatric department chair for Mercy Kids St. Louis. “While we have Mercy Children’s Hospital in Creve Coeur to provide care for children with more complex needs, most kids fortunately never need those services. Their care can be provided at the new Mercy Kids Mid Rivers and other out-patient Mercy Kids locations throughout the region. This focus on convenient and effective care fills the void for the thousands who never need to see the inside of hospital.”
Already, Mercy Kids in St. Louis is home to more than 150 pediatricians and pediatric specialists whose areas of expertise include everything from hematology and oncology to neurology, urology, gastroenterology, behavioral health, psychiatry and more.
“One of our primary goals is to provide care close to home for children whenever the need arises,” explained Dr. Mantovani.
Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day. It is powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists. Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.