BJC

Hospital Debt
4:03 am
Fri December 19, 2014

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home.
Steve Hebert for ProPublica

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:32 am

On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Mo., lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of modern brick and glass buildings. Everyone in town knows Heartland Regional Medical Center — many residents gave birth to their children here. Many rush here when they get hurt or sick.

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The Rundown
9:49 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Business & Economy Rundown: Putting The 'Fun' in 'Fundraising'

AB InBev could be gearing up for a major acquisition.
Credit (via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

If you are a regular listener to our radio airwaves, you may have noticed that St. Louis Public Radio has been asking for your financial support  to help keep our station up and running.

There are a million reasons to become a member and if you enjoy reading this Rundown, then that is one of the reasons. If you haven’t yet contributed, I encourage you to do so.

That’s the end of my pitch to try to get you to contribute… so read on!

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Jewish Hospital
4:30 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The 'Bittersweet Progress' Of The Demolition Of St. Louis' Old Jewish Hospital

A menorah marks the entrance to the main building of the Jewish Hospital complex at 216 S. Kingshighway.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

On May 16, 1901, workers laid the cornerstone for a new hospital committed to caring for the St. Louis Jewish community when other institutions wouldn’t.

Exactly 26 years later, on May 16, 1927, officials gathered to dedicate the first building of a new Jewish Hospital at the corner of Kingshighway and Forest Park. The complex would eventually become part of Barnes-Jewish Hospital following a 1995 merger.

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Emergency psychiatric care
3:13 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

BJC, SSM working to re-open emergency psychiatric services

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The Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis.

Almost exactly a year ago, the state of Missouri shuttered the emergency room at the Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center because of cost overruns.

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 replace at least some of that capacity.

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St. Louis Public Radio on Weekend Edition
8:03 am
Sat April 9, 2011

For Dying People, A Chance To Shape Their Legacy

Lumina patient Courtney Strain and her husband Brock. Courtney Strain died of brain cancer in June 2010 at the age of 25.
(Becky Brooks)

Imagine that you've just been told you have only a short time to live. What would you want your family and community to remember most about you? In St. Louis, a hospice program called Lumina helps patients leave statements that go beyond a simple goodbye. 

Features
7:22 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Autobiographies at Hospice

Lumina patient Courtney Strain and her husband Brock. Courtney Strain died of brain cancer in June 2010 at the age of 25. (Becky Brooks)

Suzanne Doyle sits quietly thumbing through a stack of books and photo albums she helped create. She's a middle-aged woman with a soft spoken demeanor. Doyle is the founder of Lumina, a program at BJC Hospice that helps patients leave statements that go beyond a simple good-bye. Her eyes begin to moisten as she recalls a recent patient, Courtney Strain, who died of brain cancer last summer at the age of 25. In the months before Strain died, she met weekly with Doyle where she revealed one constant frustration. Strain said she felt like an outcast, that people didn't know what to say to her, so they said nothing at all.

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