New facility aims to improve health care in southern Illinois


CARBONDALE, IL — Better health care for you and your family: That’s what a new $17 million health care and teaching facility will provide. It’s the result of a collaboration between Southern Illinois University and Southern Illinois Healthcare.

The building will allow doctors and their assistants to provide more care for patients. SIU and SIH celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. Dr. Erhi Badejo said this is a game changer.

“This, for us, is a giant. It’s almost like a quantum leap for us and how that works, because you have the opportunity to learn more, to do things differently to get in sync with what the world is doing,” said Badejo.

SIH President and CEO Rex Budde said the 40,000 square foot building is a win-win situation for everyone.

“It’s a really unique opportunity to provide a first-class space for teaching and patient care and for those two programs to work together,” said Budde.

Badejo said this is just another way they are keeping neighbors from having to travel out of their community to seek further medical help.

“Imagine grandma has cancer or something of that sort, something that has to be treated with specific treatments that we don’t have. Rather than sending grandma to St. Louis or to Mt. Vernon or Chicago, we can take care of her here. Families don’t have to run all over town, and we can keep families together” said Badejo.

SIU and SIH are hoping to have the building completed in the summer of 2019.

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