News : Mercy Moving Forward with Chesterfield Virtual Care Center
April 24, 2014 -- Mercy has submitted site development plans to the city of Chesterfield to build the long-awaited virtual care center.
Mercy first announced plans for a virtual care center in 2011 as part of an eight-year expansion in Missouri.
The site plans submitted to the city of Chesterfield call for the virtual care center to be four stories and 124,00 square feet. The documents refer to the project as Phase 1A. The site plan schematics, prepared by Clayco, outline four "future multi-story buildings" and three multi-story garages.
At this time, it's unclear what those buildings will be used for or when they will be built.
The virtual care center will house physicians who will provide health care 24 hours a day, seven days a week to facilities across the country using audio and visual technology. It's expected that about 400 employees will work at the Chesterfield telemedicine facility, according to the site plans.
The site is zoned urban core district and according to the staff report does not need to undergo any rezoning approvals. "The submittal was reviewed against and adheres to the requirements of this ordinance and all applicable City Code requirements," the report states.
In 2011, Mercy was awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hardwire its rural hospitals with audio-visual capabilities to make telemedicine available in those areas.
The city of Chesterfield's planning commission will review the plans Monday, April 28.
Through the years, other planned developments have been proposed on the 43 acre tract of land but never made it to the construction phase, according to the staff report on Mercy's plans. It's unclear why those projects never made it to completion.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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