Mercy

Say you're a Midwestern farmer in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery or a major illness. It's time for the nurse's check-in, but there's no knock on the door.

At Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, a camera attached to the wall over the foot of the bed whirls around, as a video monitor next to the camera lights up to show a smiling face with a headset on.

"Good afternoon, this is Jeff with SafeWatch," the smiling face says. "Just doing my afternoon rounds."

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More than 100 Mercy Springfield employees are without jobs.   Mercy has eliminated 347 positions system wide—127 are in Springfield.

Leader positions make up 178 of the total jobs affected, according to Mercy.  It says the majority of non-leader positions are “non-clinical care roles that are part of Mercy’s revenue management department.”

In a statement from Mercy, the healthcare system says the positions eliminated in Springfield are in a variety of departments and services.

Springfield will soon be the home of a University of Missouri Clinical Campus and expanded healthcare programs at Missouri State University.

The programs are part of an effort to relieve the statewide shortage of healthcare workers. Each had experienced delays in funding, but improvements in the budget and progress at the legislative level this year are moving the programs forward. Those accomplishments were celebrated in a press conference Tuesday morning.

This summer, families with children whose doctors feel might be on the autism spectrum, won’t have to go to several different places for diagnosis and formulating a treatment plan.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more on the planned Mercy Autism Clinic.

The clinic will operate two days a month—on the 2nd and 3rd Mondays.  Kyle John, child adolescent psychiatrist at Mercy Clinic, says they hope to open it in July.  Primary care doctors will refer children to the clinic where they’ll undergo what he called an “exhaustive evaluation.”

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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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