Category: Health

HarrisLogic partners with Zero Suicide Institute to create comprehensive technology for suicide prevention

ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — HarrisLogic, a technology and clinical services company that develops solutions to improve patient care in behavioral health, is partnering with the Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI) to create a new, digital platform to provide comprehensive suicide prevention services. This specialtybehavioral health services platform is the first of its kind, and is designed to support and enhance the Zero Suicide approach for safer suicide care. HarrisLogic’s technology will support the development of a Zero Suicide […]

Missouri still has no legislation to protect citizens from radon gas poisoning

The Missouri Department for Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) has stated that “31% of homes in Missouri are testing above EPA recommended levels for radon.” Still, Missouri has yet to enact any statutes addressing this dangerous, hidden threat. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, right behind smoking. In fact, radon is the cause of over 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually; roughly 10% of these victims […]

First heat-related death reported in St. Louis County

On June 14, 2018, the first heat-related death in Saint Louis County this season was confirmed according to the medical examiner. Extreme heat is expected to continue throughout the summer. Whenever temperatures rise above 95 degrees, the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health recommends the following:   Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.   Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.   Drink plenty of cool, […]

University of Missouri School of Medicine, Roche collaborate on first US implementation of tumor board software that improves treatment decision process for cancer patients

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today the result of a collaboration with the University of Missouri School of Medicine (MU School of Medicine) to implement—for the first time in the U.S.—Roche’s new software solution to streamline and standardize the management of tumor boards, or multi-disciplinary meetings oncology care teams hold to make clinical treatment decisions for cancer patients. Managing tumor boards can be labor intensive and time consuming for healthcare providers […]

SSM Health announces new regional vice president for medical affairs

SSM Health in St. Louis is welcoming Hsieng Su, MD, as its new vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. In her new role with SSM Health, Dr. Su is responsible for the overall direction and coordination of medical affairs for the eight SSM Health hospitals in St. Louis. She will work with the hospital Chief Medical Officers and the SSM Health System Chief Quality Officer to coordinate patient safety, quality, regulatory and […]

Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to provide medication-induced abortions at the Springfield or Columbia clinics housed in Missouri, as per a Monday ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied a request from Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the regulations. The lawsuit lists the state Department of Health and Senior Services, which licenses […]

Centene and National Council on Independent Living partner to increase provider accessibility for people with disabilities

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that it has partnered with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) on an initiative to increase the accessibility of provider medical offices and services for people with disabilities. The Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI) will kick off with the “Barrier Removal Fund” (BRF) in three pilot states, Illinois, Texas, and Ohio, as well as educational and compliance components which will be implemented in all Centene markets nationwide. Centene is committed […]

St. Louis County cautions against Caito Foods linked to Salmonella

On June 8, 2018, Caito Foods, LLC recalled fresh cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley products containing one of these melons due to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak, with 10 cases in Missouri so far. The products were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. These products were sold at Costco, Jay C, Kroger,Payless, Owen’s, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, and […]

Mercy offers paid parental leave to 40K co-workers

While paid parental leave is fairly standard in other developed countries, it’s less common in the U.S., particularly in the health care industry. Two weeks of paid parental leave are now available to nearly 40,000 Mercy co-workers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. To learn more about opportunities at Mercy, click here. For co-workers, it’s no small change. Heather Schroeder, a registered nurse in Ozark, Missouri, has fostered children for nearly four years. “Placement of […]

Centene subsidiary re-awarded correctional healthcare contract in New Hampshire

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that the New Hampshire Department of Corrections has re-awarded Centurion of New Hampshire, LLC (“Centurion”) a contract to continue the provision of medical and dental staff to the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. The contract is expected to commence July 1, 2018, with a base term of four years, plus two optional years to renew. The contract was originally held by MHM Services, Inc. (MHM), which has since been acquired […]