ST. LOUIS – Many drive past a large construction site in the Central West End.

There is a heart-warming bit of progress there. Crews are building the new Inpatient Tower at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. They have spent months on site excavation, but at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, workers started pouring concrete for the foundation.

Hospital team members also threw in notes of hope to future patients and caregivers. The 16-story tower should be complete by 2026.