SSM Health Care en St. Louis Expert On Strokes Highlights Five Risk Factors Women Should Know About <p>Women are both more likely to suffer a stroke, and less likely to be treated in a timely manner when they experience one. May is Stroke Awareness Month, and today on <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> Dr. Amer Alshekhlee of the SSM Neurosciences Institute outlined five risk factors that increase the likelihood a woman will have a stroke.</p><ol><li><strong>Pregnancy. </strong>Because women have an increased chance of developing high-blood pressure while pregnant, pregnant women are also more likely to suffer a stroke than non-pregnant women in the same age group.</li></ol><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:03:05 +0000 Camille Phillips 36106 at St. Louis Expert On Strokes Highlights Five Risk Factors Women Should Know About Urgent mental health services slowly returning to St. Louis <p>In 2010, the slumping state budget forced the Missouri Department of Mental Health <a href="">to close</a> the emergency room and 50 short-term beds at the Metropolitan Psychiatric Center.</p><p>The move saved $16 million. But it also forced those in need of immediate mental health treatment into local hospitals, which are not designed for those in crisis.</p><p>With the help of the area’s two largest hospital systems and some state support, there are now 16 beds available for patients with psychiatric needs who have already been screened at other hospital emergency rooms. Beginning this fall, patients needing urgent mental health care should be able to go straight to the new Psychiatric Stabilization Center.</p><p>The PSC is a temporary fix - but its creators are also hoping it helps shift the treatment paradigm.</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:04:35 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3210 at Urgent mental health services slowly returning to St. Louis Transition at the top of SSM Health Care staff <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src=";hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=38.620896,-90.238578&amp;panoid=nBr2LWptbhEC10dPXOmOQg&amp;cbp=13,290.27,,0,-4.28&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=38.584136,-90.238609&amp;spn=0.128819,0.291824&amp;output=svembed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="'s+hospital&amp;hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=38.620896,-90.238578&amp;panoid=nBr2LWptbhEC10dPXOmOQg&amp;cbp=13,290.27,,0,-4.28&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=38.584136,-90.238609&amp;spn=0.128819,0.291824" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p><em>SSM Cardinal Glennon Children&#39;s Medical Center - one of the hospitals in SSM Health Care&#39;s St. Louis-area group of medical facilities.</em></p><p>For the first time in its 25-year history, SSM Health Care no longer has a nun as its top executive officer.</p><p>Sister Mary Jean Ryan will remain as chairman of the board of SSM. But she says she&#39;s reaching an age, 73, when she would prefer to step away from the day-to-day operations of the system, which owns 15 hospitals and two nursing homes in four states, including Missouri.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:07:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1767 at BJC, SSM working to re-open emergency psychiatric services <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="240" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src=";q=5351+Delmar%2F&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=5351+Delmar+Blvd,+St+Louis,+Missouri+63112&amp;gl=us&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=38.653088,-90.275061&amp;panoid=lQ1gJ4kzlbIDJ58zY-Yhgg&amp;cbp=12,337.13,,0,0.25&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=38.64845,-90.27513&amp;spn=0.016088,0.036478&amp;z=14&amp;output=svembed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href=";q=5351+Delmar%2F&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=5351+Delmar+Blvd,+St+Louis,+Missouri+63112&amp;gl=us&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=38.653088,-90.275061&amp;panoid=lQ1gJ4kzlbIDJ58zY-Yhgg&amp;cbp=12,337.13,,0,0.25&amp;source=embed&amp;ll=38.64845,-90.27513&amp;spn=0.016088,0.036478&amp;z=14" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p><em>The Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis. </em></p><p>Almost exactly a year ago, the state of Missouri <a href="">shuttered the emergency room</a> at the Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center because of cost overruns.</p><p>Now, officials with BJC and SSM - two of the largest health care systems in the state - say by the end of October, they hope to<a href=""> replace at least some</a> of that capacity.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:13:42 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1672 at Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011 <p><strong>SSM Health Care will not Hire Smokers Starting in July</strong></p><p>A St. Louis-based health care organization says it wants to improve the health of its employees and set an example, so smokers need not apply.</p><p><a href="">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports </a>that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July.</p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:23:57 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1452 at Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011