Saint Louis University Hospital

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Saint Louis University Hospital
SSM Health Care
St. Louis University Hospital.jpg
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Care systemPrivate
Affiliated universitySaint Louis University School of Medicine
NetworkSSM Health Care
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
Opened1933 (as Firmin Desloge Hospital)
ListsHospitals in Missouri

Saint Louis University Hospital (SLU Hospital) is a hospital in St. Louis. From 1998 to 2015, this hospital was owned by the for-profit Tenet Healthcare Corporation. In June, 2015, the university announced that it would reacquire the hospital and transfer it to the non-profit Catholic hospital system SSM Health Care in the third quarter of 2015. It serves as the main teaching hospital for the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. It has been recognized by US News & World Report magazine as one of the "Top 10 geriatric Hospitals" in the United States.

This academic teaching hospital has 356 beds and has been serving the medical and health care needs of the St. Louis area for more than 70 years. It is also a regional leader in providing tertiary-quaternary health care and has an organ transplant program. The hospital is also a certified Level I Trauma Center in both Missouri and Illinois. Other specialties include geriatrics, orthopedics, rheumatology, urology, heart care and digestive diseases. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. It even has an organ transplant program that offers lung, kidney, kidney-pancreas, liver, bone, and cornea transplant.


Much of the current building was constructed in 1986 as an addition to Firmin Desloge Hospital, which opened in 1933 as a partnership between the Jesuits of Saint Louis University and the Sisters of Saint Mary and named for the benefactor, Firmin V. Desloge.[1]

In February 1930, St. Louis University received a $1 million bequest ($13 million in 2010 dollars) from the estate of Firmin Vincent Desloge[2] a member of the Desloge Family in America, who provided in his will, funds for a hospital to serve St. Louis University and to replace the old St. Mary’s Hospital, both in St. Louis.[3]

Continuous growth and the need for modern facilities and equipment resulted in the construction of a new hospital facility as an addition to the original structure. This new part of the hospital was built directly behind the old Firmin Desloge Hospital at a cost of $39.1 million. The first patients moved in on January 30, 1988.

In 1998, the hospital was purchased from Saint Louis University by the Tenet Health System. In 2015, the hospital was bought back by the university and then transferred to SSM Health.[4]


  1. ^ "The Southeast Missourian - Google News Archive Search".
  2. ^ the original, fully executed bequest documents in the possession of the Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis, MO, Joseph Desloge Collection
  3. ^ The Society of Architectural Historians, Missouri valley Chapter, Volume XIV, Number 2, Summer 2008, page 5. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Post-Dispatch, Samantha Liss St Louis. "Hospital deal will bolster SSM, SLU Hospital".

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Coordinates: 38°37′22″N 90°14′18″W / 38.6227°N 90.2382°W / 38.6227; -90.2382