Hospitals pack up in poor areas, move to wealthy ones

April 20, 2015 11:12 AM

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Hospitals pack up in poor areas, move to wealthy ones

St. Elizabeth's Hospital has been a downtown bedrock of Belleville, Illinois, since 1875.

The Catholic hospital is so tied to this southern Illinois 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.

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