East St. Louis is Hoping to Save Hospital
By Shane Graber, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Jan. 21--EAST ST. LOUIS -- The front doors to Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital have two messages, ideas left over from the days when the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ nuns ran the place.
"God bless you," says the right door. "Peace to you," the left one says.
But these are far from peaceful times for the 118-year-old hospital on North Eighth Street, one of the few occupied buildings in this dwindling downtown.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, which owns the hospital, wants to merge Kenneth Hall Regional with another it owns in Centreville five miles away, Touchette Regional Hospital. Although the economic effects of a hospital closure can be debated, one thing is near certain: Close Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, and this city suffers yet another morale punch square in the gut.
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