Saint Louis University Hospital

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Saint Louis University Hospital
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Network Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 356
Founded 1933 (as Firmin Desloge Hospital)
Lists Hospitals in Missouri

Saint Louis University Hospital is a hospital in St. Louis. Saint Louis University Hospital, also widely known as SLU Hospital, has been owned by the Tenet Healthcare Corporation since the university sold it in 1998. SLU Hospital remains the main teaching hospital for Saint Louis University School of Medicine. SLU Hospital has been recognized by US News & World Report magazine as one of the top 10 geriatric hospitals in the United States.

Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-bed academic teaching hospital.The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the St. Louis community for more than 70 years. Saint Louis University Hospital is 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. Saint Louis University Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. Saint Louis University Hospital has an organ transplant programs that offers lung, kidney, kidney-pancreas, liver, bone and cornea transplant


Much of the current, modern Saint Louis University Hospital was constructed in 1986 as an addition to Firmin Desloge Hospital, first 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 T enet Health System.


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  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.

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