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St. Louis Hospital
"Phillips was being operated effectively despite management power shortages, but that patient care and emergency service at City Hospital [#1] was inadequate." Additional support was given to Homer G. Phillips by testimony of doctors such as Carl A. Meyer, Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, who stated that ". . . if Phillips were closed the St. Louis area would suffer a
loss of its reputation in the medical field.
The threat of closing Homer G. Phillips until August 17, 1979, when the north side's closed and reduced to the out-patient clinic (which brought unsuccessful protest from the writer as reflecting:
stayed for fifteen years
only public acute care facility was
and emergency care. black community) was
The closing assessed by
. . . directly on the position of Blacks in St. Louis and also in dicative of the political maneuvering on the part of area businesses,
universities and elected officials who side the influence of the electorate.
decide on In a more
civic issues out general sense, the
struggle over Homer G. calls with health care delivery to
into account the problems the poor today and in the
The same writer also observed that:
In an area with physicians, the
a 99.9% Black population and a paucity
of private for both the
health care of the area's citizenry and community pride -
hospital run by and for Black St. group, the community has a value of any hospital. 17
As with from the
a Black any functioning
The designation of Homer G. Phillips Hospital as a City Landmark in February 1980, was viewed by local black leaders as an important recognition of the insti- tuion's contribution to the city and hopes were raised that the landmark status would advance the cause to reopen the hospital.
As of March 1982,
restricted to the out-patient clinic
and emergency care.
among north side residents for the reopening of Homer
and hospital G. Phillips
(to be announced
enable the black community to reclaim their
While prospects of reopening the hospital
are viewed by many
pride and achievement which the hospital Depression-era.
represented for the city since the
Ernest Calloway, p. 16.
"Why Was Homer Phillips