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St. Louis on the Air
6:03 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

St. Louis Expert On Strokes Highlights Five Risk Factors Women Should Know About

Dr. Amer Alshekhlee of the SSM Neurosciences Institute, DePaul Health Center.
Credit DePaul Health Center

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 St. Louis on the Air Dr. Amer Alshekhlee of the SSM Neurosciences Institute outlined five risk factors that increase the likelihood a woman will have a stroke.

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Mental health
8:04 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Urgent mental health services slowly returning to St. Louis

When fully open, the new Psychiatric Stabilization Center at 5351 Delmar Blvd. will provide immediate treatment for those in mental distress, as well as short-term inpatient stays.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

In 2010, the slumping state budget forced the Missouri Department of Mental Health to close the emergency room and 50 short-term beds at the Metropolitan Psychiatric Center.

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.

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.

The PSC is a temporary fix - but its creators are also hoping it helps shift the treatment paradigm.

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SSM Healthcare
11:07 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Transition at the top of SSM Health Care staff

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SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center - one of the hospitals in SSM Health Care's St. Louis-area group of medical facilities.

For the first time in its 25-year history, SSM Health Care no longer has a nun as its top executive officer.

Sister Mary Jean Ryan will remain as chairman of the board of SSM. But she says she'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.

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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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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, June 17, 2011

Next month, SSM Health Care will no longer hire smokers.
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SSM Health Care will not Hire Smokers Starting in July

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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SSM Health Care will begin a tobacco-free hiring policy in July.

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