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HBE Breaks Ground on Community Memorial Hospital

St. Louis, Missouri, 10/18/2011

Hospital officials, dignitaries, HBE employees and members of the community gathered Wednesday, September 14, 2011 to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Community Memorial Hospital facility.

“This is the single most important thing to happen in my two years as mayor,” Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton told the crowd, adding the new hospital will boost the city’s economy and turn midtown into a “second downtown.” 

The six-story, 325,000 square foot Hospital will be built next to the current hospital at 147 N. Brent St., and is scheduled to open in 2015.  It will have 250 private rooms, comfortable space for families and a healing garden on the grounds.

The new CMH, which meets seismic demands, also will have a larger Emergency Room and greater imaging capability than the present hospital.  It also will have additional Heart Catheterization Labs, expanded Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Recovery Units, and a larger Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The hospital’s 10 surgical theaters will have leading-edge medical technology.

“We will provide state-of-the-art care in a facility that is truly state-of-the-art,” said Gary Wilde, President and CEO of CMHS.  The new hospital will meet the needs of the community for the next 50 years, Wilde said, and will feature environmentally friendly “green” components such as triple-paneled glass windows that will reduce hearing and air-conditioning costs.

HBE is a leading nationwide provider of commercial design-build construction for health care, including replacement hospitals and hospital renovations/additions. HBE specializes in turnkey, single source design-build project delivery. The company has completed over one thousand health care projects across the United States, building a national reputation as an integrated organization capable of executing complicated projects on time and within budget. Headquartered in St. Louis, HBE ranks as one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis with a staff of over 400 people including architects, engineers and construction experts.  HBE was founded in 1960 by its CEO/Chairman, Fred S. Kummer. In 2008, HBE Corporation separated its health care design-build business into a private, independent company.