Hospitals leave downtowns for more prosperous digs

April 11, 2015 11:00 AM

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Started by three nuns from a Franciscan order in Germany, the Catholic hospital still seeks "to embody Christ's healing love" to the sick, the aged and the poor, according to its mission statement. It is so tied to the city that when the local economy slumped in 2009, the non-profit St. Elizabeth's gave $20 to every employee to spend on Main Street, sending hundreds of shoppers out to the mostly mom and pop-owned stores.

But St. E's, as locals call it, now faces its own financial troubles, largely a result of the costs of maintaining an obsolete facility and of treating more low-income and uninsured patients from Belleville and neighboring East St. Louis, one of the poorest cities in the Midwest.

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