Health Living

St. Charles County residents are just minutes from some of the region’s best hospitals, which offer top-notch care to help keep them physically and mentally fit.

Hospitals and Urgent Care

It’s comforting to know high-level hospital care is just around the corner:

  • SSM St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles
  • SSM St. Joseph Hospital – Lake St. Louis
  • Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
  • Progress West Hospital

In St. Charles County and surrounding towns, local urgent care facilities can treat minor illnesses and injuries. They include:

  • Mercy Urgent Care & Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care
  • Our Urgent Care
  • St. Luke’s Urgent Care
  • Concentra Medical Center
  • SSM Health Urgent Care
  • Mercy Kids Convenient Care
  • Total Access Urgent Care

Doctor’s offices are located throughout the county, providing easy access for residents with a variety of medical issues.

The county has dozens of dentists and optometrists treating dental and eye health issues and promoting regular check-ups.

Developmental and Behavioral Services

United Services for Children in St. Peters provides pediatric therapy and early intervention services to children with disabilities and offers support services for their families. The nonprofit organization focuses on children ages birth through age. Whatever the ability of the children, the United Services staff members build on their strengths to fulfill their individual potential for physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.

The outpatient pediatric therapy program delivers clinically based occupational, physical and speech/language therapy in group and individual settings for children age birth through 10 years. The therapy is individualized to the specific needs of children with developmental disabilities. Therapists help children improve fine and gross motor skills and teach them how to pronounce words, listen and communicate. They also help them develop social skills so they can improve their interactions with peers and family.

For adults with cognitive or other developmental disabilities, one of the most sought-after agencies is Emmaus Homes. It is a faith-based, nonprofit organization providing around the clock services to more than 275 adults with developmental disabilities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Its mission is to help clients live as independently as possible in the community of their choice. The St. Charles-based nonprofit serves clients in more than 70 homes throughout Franklin, Warren, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.

There are many agencies and offices providing assistance for behavioral and addiction-related issues, including:

  • Preferred Family Healthcare in Lake St. Louis and St. Charles, which provides treatment for substance abuse, addictions and behavioral disorders.
  • Bridgeway Behavioral Health in St. Charles, which treats men’s and women’s drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Alternative Behavioral Care in St. Peters, which assists children, adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse problems.
  • CenterPointe Hospital in St. Charles, which provides comprehensive inpatient and residential services for a variety of psychiatric disorders in adults and adolescents. It also has a private adult alcohol and drug abuse treatment program.
Autism Education and Support

Kids and adults with autism and behaviors that require support have an ideal place to learn and get support at the Center for Autism Education in O’Fallon. The center was started over 10 years ago as the last resource for many children who struggle with extreme and challenging behaviors. Since then it has become a leader in this area, earning notice as successfully working with the most challenging of children.

Cancer Treatment

St. Charles County residents can receive world-class cancer care close to home at the Siteman Cancer Center facility on the campus of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

The Center opened in 2005 and doubled the size of its facilities to 37,000 square feet in 2017. The location offers many adult cancer services, including medical therapy, radiation therapy and education and support programs. Medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons from Washington University provide care at the Center. Other medical staff members include nurse practitioners, oncology-certified nurses, a dietitian, social worker and support personnel.

Senior Care

Because seniors often need increased care, local providers offer a range of options, such as long-term rehabilitation, nursing care, assisted living and memory-care services. At-home assistance is provided through a variety of home health service organizations, including Assistance Home Care and Visiting Angels of Greater St. Charles.