News Release: St. Joseph’s Hospital and MOB to open on schedule in Highland, IL

Construction managers Korte&Luitjohan/McCarthy used local subcontractors to successfully replace the 63-year-old hospital within an aggressive 14-month schedule

Joint venture construction manager, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., worked closely with representatives from St. Joseph’s Hospital (Highland, IL) and Springfield, Ill. based Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), of which St. Joseph’s Hospital is an affiliate, to build a new $63 million hospital campus on a 14-month schedule.  The project broke ground April 1, 2012 on a green-field site about a mile north of the existing 63-year-old hospital and was substantially complete May 31, 2013.  The hospital will be open to the public August 22.

The new St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) campus – which encompasses more than 125,000 square feet – includes a single-floor hospital, built with a steel frame; brick, stone and glass exterior; and a mansard roof over the patient wings. The hospital is connected to a new three-story medical office building, which includes about 40,000 square feet of leased space.  Richmond, Va. based Odell Associates served as architect and Rome, Ga. based Adams Management Services represented the owner.

“The new hospital has been designed to emphasize healing and wellness with a focus on outpatient treatment and therapy, allowing patients to avoid unwanted overnight stays and assist healing at home,” said Peggy Sebastian, CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. 

All inpatient rooms are private; each room has a “family zone” which allow guests a comfortable space to visit or even sleep. Large windows offer views of the surrounding countryside, easily viewed from the patient’s bed.  The state-of-the-art facility also provides high-speed wireless access to patients and visitors throughout, as well as in a Wi-Fi Café positioned near the inpatient wing that will be open 24 hours a day for the convenience of family and friends.  Outdoor spaces, such as a Franciscan healing garden, have been designed to offer destinations for relaxation and personal reflection.

“We have invested nearly $63 million dollars to create a healing environment that provides a high-quality, Franciscan patient experience,” says Sebastian. “The new state-of-the-art St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH) combines technology with an efficient floor plan design to maximize patient care and resource utilization.”

The project was completed using an aggressive schedule which required collaboration from the hospital, design, and construction teams. This diverse group of hospital and construction personnel worked seamlessly from start to finish to complete St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We had a great team working together on this project,” said McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Project Director, Jeff Boyer.  “Everything went smoothly from groundbreaking to our project walk through with the Illinois Department of Health inspectors in late July.” Boyer was particularly pleased that they were able to utilize subcontractors from the area, thus supporting the local economy.

“Korte & Luitjohan is pleased to be part of bringing this facility to a reality for our local community. We are happy to have been able to play a part in bringing many local contractors together in the building of this great hospital,” says Gregg Korte, Vice President of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors. 

The construction team used Bluebeam® document control for collaborative document management and mobile kiosks located in the field enabled all jobsite staff to have access to project information in real time  Rapid changes were tracked and documented as they were developed with the design team and implemented in the field to minimize rework and improve overall project efficiency.

The new St. Joseph’s medical campus is located about a mile north of the existing hospital, on the southeast quadrant of the Poplar Street/Troxler Road intersection in Highland (directly east of Highland High School). The street address is 12866 Troxler Rd.

About St. Joseph’s
St. Joseph’s Hospital provides proven-effective care to more than 33,500 residents in portions of Madison, Clinton and Bond counties. Serving Highland and surrounding communities for more than 135 years, St. Joseph’s Hospital combines contemporary technologies with a highly-trained and experienced staff to meet the changing healthcare needs of local residents. In addition, St. Joseph’s Hospital reveals Christ’s healing presence to patients through a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services including surgery, specialty physician clinics, rehab, digital imaging, wound care, cancer care, laboratory, and community health and education outreach programs.About Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., established in 1958, is a family owned, full service general contractor based out of Highland, IL and serving Central and Southern Illinois. With more than 50 years of experience and a diverse inventory of construction knowledge among its staff, Korte & Luitjohan turns out impeccable projects for dissimilar clientele in the building, heavy, and utility markets through different construction delivery methods: design and build, construction management, general contracting, and pre-construction consultation. Their portfolio includes commercial, medical, institutional, and industrial facilities such as fitness centers, schools,  office buildings, medical offices, hospitals, corporate headquarters, historical renovations, courthouses, churches, production and warehouse facilities, water and wastewater treatment facilities, county incarceration centers, power plants, and tenant finish work. More information can be found online by visiting

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