Expanding our network of care
On May 1, 2018, St. Luke’s Hospital acquired Des Peres Hospital, a 143-bed hospital that has served the community for more than 40 years, from Tenet Healthcare. The acquisition of St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital brought together two hospitals, creating an even stronger independent healthcare network. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for St. Luke’s to have a broader positive impact on improving the quality of life for patients and the community. The acquisition also included the Des Peres Medical Office Building and Tenet-owned physician practices in St. Louis.
“St. Luke’s is the St. Louis area’s only independent healthcare provider, and we are confident that welcoming St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital into our family is a win for everyone,” said Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, St. Luke’s president and chief executive officer, of the acquisition. “Patients will have uninterrupted access to high quality care, and our independent healthcare network will grow stronger and have the opportunity to have a broader positive impact on the community as both hospitals and our talented team members build on each other’s strengths.”
To engage the community, St. Luke’s invited the community members to two “Coffee with Chris” meetings to focus on what the acquisition means for residents.
Acquisition adds bariatrics program to St. Luke’s services
The acquisition of St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital included MyNewself, a comprehensive bariatric center accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). Established in 2004, the MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital offers surgical solutions and diet and lifestyle support services to those who have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to lose excess weight and keep it off. From surgeon to nurse coordinator to dietitian and counselor, the MyNewSelf team works to assess each patient’s need and help them achieve a healthier lifestyle. Their goal is to help patients lose weight, restore their health and transform their habits to support a longer, healthier and more active life.
MyNewSelf Bariatric Team
PICTURED, SEATED, FROM LEFT: Stephanie Green, M.Ed, LPC; Ida Gillera STANDING: Kelley Schilli, LPN, MBSCR; Adam Skowyra, RDN, LD, CPT; Mel French, PsyD, MS Psychopharm; Howard Lederer, MD, FACS; Matthew Ricks, DO, FACOS, FASMBS; Darin Minkin, DO, FACOS, FASMBS; John Parish, MS, RDN, CSCS; Jennifer Mittler; Mary Ellen Sparks, RN
The surgical team Includes three board certified surgeons with experience in advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Surgical procedures include laparoscopic gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and duodenal switch, as well as endoscopic balloon therapy for weight loss. The team also performs revision surgeries.
MyNewSelf is an MBSAQIP Accredited Center and offers pre-surgery education, post-surgery nutrition classes and support groups, as well as personal nutrition, counseling and support.
Opening of Selke Healthcare Center expands access to primary and specialty care
In October 2017, St. Luke’s opened the Selke Healthcare Center at the Bond County Health Department building in Greenville, Illinois. The center was dedicated in honor of Kenneth Selke, MD, a longtime St. Luke’s cardiologist, for his lifelong commitment to excellence in healthcare. As an outpatient healthcare center, it continues Dr. Selke’s legacy of caring for patients throughout Bond and Fayette Counties, offering primary care. It also provides convenient access for Bond County residents to specialty services and physicians of St. Luke’s, including nephrology and cardiac testing, diagnostics and treatment. Future plans will expand services to include additional specialists.
New outpatient therapy location brings services to Fenton
St. Luke’s also added a location for outpatient therapy services in Fenton at 774 Gravois Bluff Boulevard. It offers orthopedic rehabilitation, therapy for back and neck pain, neurological rehabilitation, therapy for vertigo (dizziness), balance / fall prevention, osteoporosis management, sports therapy, workplace injury therapy, massage therapy, splinting and bracing and stroke rehabilitation. By expanding our services to include therapy in Fenton, we can provide enriched patient-therapist interactions in a private treatment setting.