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Across Missouri healthcare policy is changing to include nondiscrimination protections to the LGBT community. That’s according to a 2014 Healthcare Equality Index report, which ranked Missouri 6th in the nation for hospitals qualifying as “Leaders in LGBT Health,” one year after coming in 36th place. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on the changes in southwest Missouri.

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Exercise Class

You’re hearing the sounds of an aerobics class at Mercy Fitness Center.  One of the participants is Lois Smith.  She’s a huge advocate for exercise—in fact, she says it enters into almost every conversation she has with people.

She exercises five mornings a week—taking classes like Zumba and Get Up & Go—an aerobic dance class for seniors.

The 82-year-old is in great shape—and that’s partly because of something that happened years ago while she was snow skiing.

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Officials with Cox Branson are celebrating a multi-million dollar emergency department and critical care unit expansion. A ribbon cutting was held Friday morning, ahead of a community open house scheduled for this weekend.

The 60,000 square foot renovation, which is expected to be open to patients by the end of the month, marks the first phase of a $30 million project that began one year ago. Renovations to the facility’s interior are to be completed by the holidays, the hospital said in a press release.

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A respiratory illness is sending hundreds of kids to hospitals in ten states, including Missouri.  While there have been no confirmed cases in Springfield, medical facilities here have been treating patients with similar symptoms.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The illness that’s affecting children in the U.S. is suspected to be enterovirus D68.  While only a few cases have actually been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspects that’s what’s causing the outbreaks in ten states.

Submitted photo / Cox Branson

Officials with Cox Medical Center Branson are preparing to showcase the $30 million expansion of its Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

The first phase of the 60,000 square foot complex is set to open to patients in late September, roughly a year after construction began. An open house is planned for later this month.

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