Mercy has purchased a total of 38 acres at Clarkson Road and Highway 40/64 in Chesterfield for development over the next three years.
announced last week its plans to put an office hub for the remote practice of medicine—or telemedicine, in Chesterfield, and spending $90 million.
Mercy bought the majority of the property, 24 acres, five years ago from Tri-Star Properties for $21 million. Mercy just purchased another contiguous 14 acres for $31 million from developer Sachs Properties, for a total of $52 million.
Chesterfield planning officials said there had been no conferencing or applications for construction on the prime property located near and just east of .
The partially wooded lots are just blocks from and .
The proposed Mercy building for Chesterfield appears in renderings to be entirely glass, with a typical 4-story office building inside that. However, there are trees on the top floor of the inside building—like a penthouse terrace.
Mercy officials said the building design would take advantage of sunlight for the anticipated extensive use of computer screens and images used in telemedicine.
In other words, specialist doctors and nurses would be examining patients from afar via detailed images on computer screens, to determine treatment and condition of patients. Telemedicine is an advantage for those needing out-of-town experts, or in emergencies when expert opinion may be needed swiftly.
Mercy experts said they expected shovels in the ground on the new venture within the next six months.
The health care company plans also included expanding into St. Charles, with a hospital.