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PHOTOS: First St. Louis health-care workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine are in South County

Dr. Aamina Akhtar, infectious disease physician and chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital South, gets the first COVID-19 vaccine in the St. Louis region Monday, Dec. 14.
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor December 15, 2020

The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the state and St. Louis region were administered to hospital workers Monday in South County, giving frontline health-care workers hope as patients from the...

Mercy South is overwhelmed by COVID patients in surge

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor December 7, 2020

Mercy Hospital South is overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients even before an expected post-Thanksgiving surge, taking a toll on staff and, if many more ambulances roll up, perhaps leading to decisions on...

Hospitals near capacity as virus surging locally and across state

An Oakville High School student sews during class as students returned for two weeks, before the announcement that they will return to all-virtual learning until January.
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor November 16, 2020

St. Louis health leaders appealed to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to issue a statewide mask mandate and stay-at-home advisory as a surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelms hospitals including Mercy Hospital South,...

Mercy South’s new cancer center opens to public this week

The completed exterior of the David Sindelar Cancer Center on the Mercy Hospital South campus.
August 15, 2020

Construction is complete on Mercy Hospital South’s new cancer center. This week, patients walked in to the David M. Sindelar Cancer Care Center to receive the first treatments provided in the new,...

Mercy furloughs workers, cuts jobs starting this week; unclear how many at Mercy South

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’
May 12, 2020

Mercy is furloughing employees and cutting jobs across its four-state system starting this week due to the coronavirus, but it’s unclear how many of those layoffs and job cuts will happen in St. Louis....

VIDEO: COVID-19 patient goes home on his birthday; ‘Code Sunshine’ is the call

‘Code Sunshine’ is a welcome birthday gift: After being admitted for COVID-19 to Mercy Hospital South on his daughter’s birthday, April 2, Bill finally went home last week with his wife, Lynn – on his own 68th birthday. Bill, a COVID-19 patient who only wanted to provide his first name, spent three weeks at Mercy Hospital South, with a week on a ventilator and two weeks in intensive care. He was treated with convalescent plasma donated by someone recovered from COVID-19. 
Mercy South calls a ‘Code Sunshine’ to celebrate with COVID-19 patients as they leave the hospital. After Bill left through the lobby with Lynn to cheers from workers lining the halls, some of his nurses and therapists signed his shirt with their motto ‘Stayin’ Alive.’
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor May 1, 2020

After two weeks in intensive care and a week on a ventilator, a Mercy Hospital South patient headed home last week on his birthday, his coronavirus battle behind him. After being admitted on his daughter’s...

South County COVID-19 testing is on hold

A sign points to the Mercy drive-thru testing site in Chesterfield. Mercy has also opened two sites in Jefferson County.
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor March 31, 2020

Mercy placed a planned South County coronavirus testing site on hold last week the day it was set to open, but still plans to open the new site at some point. Plans for the South County testing were postponed...

South County coronavirus testing site set to open today placed on hold

A sign points to the Mercy drive-thru testing site in Chesterfield. Mercy has also opened two sites in Jefferson County.
By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor March 25, 2020

Mercy placed a planned South County coronavirus testing site on hold Wednesday – the day it was set to open – but still plans to open the new site at some point. Plans for the South County testing...

Special School District Teacher of the Year works with students for Mehlville’s classes

Special School District Superintendent Elizabeth Keenan, above in black, surprises Sarah Nowell with the award for SSD’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.
February 11, 2020

Special School District of St. Louis County has selected Sarah Nowell as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Nowell is a community-based vocational instruction teacher for the district and works with high-school...

New Year’s baby welcomed at Mercy South

New Year’s baby welcomed at Mercy South
January 8, 2020

  The first Mercy Hospital South baby of 2020 is Tyler Jacob Vogt, born at 2:19 a.m. Jan. 2. Tyler weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19-and-a-half inches long. His parents are Kristen and...

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