In late December, 2021 the Division of Gastroenterology moved their Gastrointestinal Center at the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) from the 8th floor to the 12th floor. The new space, at approximately 16,200 square feet, increased the number of exam rooms from 17 to 29, including four procedure rooms. The area is occupied by both gastroenterology and abdominal surgeons (Transplant, Minimally Invasive, Colo-rectal, and Hepatobiliary).
The new space has had a positive influence on all. Staff and providers are able to spread out more and are better able to maneuver patients in and out of the hallway and waiting rooms. “We see many more smiles and are able to enjoy more time with each other now that we all have a space that allows for the safe distancing we need during these times,” comments Jeffrey Crippin, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. “On CAM 8, we had such limited space that everyone moved in and out of the center so much that we really didn’t get the chance to communicate with one another. Our new space is allowing for a better, stronger working environment which in turn is making the center a welcoming and safe space for patients to receive amazing care.”
The new space also features new artwork, including a series of photographs depicting St. Louis landmarks. Dr. Crippin has observed how the artwork has engaged both WashU employees and patients. “The pieces represent the city we love and care for,” reflects Crippin. “In our new space, we want patients and staff to feel welcomed and comfortable coming to work and coming to a place to receive great care. Our new home will hopefully continue to embrace the cheerful and compassionate nature of the entire GI staff.”