St. Luke's Hospital annual report to diocesan convention

November 25, 2017
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Focused on Improving the Quality of Life

As an Episcopal–Presbyterian hospital in name and practice, St. Luke’s Hospital partners in ministry with the Episcopal and Presbyterian USA churches in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The Rev. Mari Chollet is an Episcopal priest and Associate Director of Pastoral Care. The Rev. Renita Heinzl is a Presbyterian minister and Director. Both serve as Clinical Pastoral Educators in St. Luke’s CPE Learning Center.

St. Luke’s Hospital is an independent, non-profit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. In its nearly 150-year history, St. Luke’s has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care. It provides personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri, and offers 25 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke’s is nationally recognized for quality care and consistently earns high patient satisfaction scores. In addition, St. Luke’s is the exclusive St. Louis affiliate of the nation’s No. 1 heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

St. Luke’s also has an extensive commitment to community outreach, providing hundreds of educational and preventive health opportunities to our community each year, including health screenings, special events, classes and support groups. Annually, St. Luke’s provides unreimbursed services in the form of charity and Medicaid discounts to uninsured and underinsured patients, helping individuals and families access medical care regardless of their ability to pay. The cost of these services in fiscal year 2017 was $13 million. St. Luke’s also has a long-standing commitment to providing care for medically underserved and underinsured children in the St. Louis region through the St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center in north St. Louis County. For more than 60 years, the center has provided families with access to primary care physicians and preventive care and treatment in a private practice setting. In 2017, there were more than 5,600 visits to the center. St. Luke’s Hospital funds the center, with operating costs exceeding $1.3 million annually.


Providing a Ministry of Presence: Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education

As part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team providing holistic care in body, mind and spirit for patients and their families, visitors, physicians and employees of all faiths, St. Luke’s Pastoral Care Department offers an important ministry of presence. Chaplains are a companioning presence at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Surrey Place (St. Luke’s skilled nursing facility) and the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to provide visitation and companionship; spiritual, religious and emotional support; diverse worship services; and ritual sacramental practices and prayer.

The St. Luke’s Pastoral Care Department team has two staff chaplains: Rev. Gale Dollar and Fr. Godwin Olugbami, a Roman Catholic priest. Additionally, St. Luke’s Hospice Services include a chaplain as a member of the interdisciplinary care team to provide spiritual and religious support and a bereavement coordinator.

St. Luke’s also has a long tradition of providing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for persons of diverse faith traditions in preparation for serving as future clergy and lay ministers, and CPE Certified Educators. St. Luke’s CPE Learning Center is accredited by ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care & Education* for CPE Level I/Level II and Supervisory CPE. Our Residency Program has six chaplain resident positions. The Center offers the following CPE programs: a 1 to 2-year Residency Program; a 2 to 3-year Supervisory Education Program; an 11-week Summer Program; and a 16-week Extended Program.


Expanding the Healthcare Mission: The Episcopal Expanding the Healthcare Mission: The Episcopal-Presbyterian Health Trust Presbyterian Health Trust

Another way St. Luke’s lives out its Episcopal-Presbyterian heritage and healthcare mission is through the Episcopal-Presbyterian Health Trust (EPHT). The nonprofit, grant-making foundation was established twenty years ago.

The mission of EPHT is to support organizations that provide quality healthcare services to St. Louisans. It seeks to create partnerships with effective, community-based organizations that work to improve the lives of others through access to healthcare. The trust also partners directly with St. Luke’s through grants, enabling the hospital to continue meeting the needs of the community.

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in 2013 St. Luke’s partnered with area health experts, community leaders and local organizations to initiate a formal Community Health Needs Assessment to better understand and address the most pressing health needs of the West St. Louis County community. From that, St. Luke’s developed an implementation plan with ways to enhance its health education and partner with community organizations to improve the quality of life in the community, specifically in these three areas of focus: obesity and sedentary lifestyle; cancer screenings and support services (including breast, lung and colon cancer); and prevention and management of chronic conditions (including hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes). St. Luke’s conducted its second Community Health Needs Assessment in 2015-2016 and, in collaboration with other area healthcare providers, held a focus group to revisit the health priorities identified in 2013. Based on the results and other data, St. Luke’s chose to maintain its three priority focus areas, while continuing to address a variety of community health needs and collaborating with other community resources when needed. St. Luke’s has committed to provide community education, low-cost lung cancer screenings, free classes for people at risk for diabetes and heart disease, and local lifestyle events, among other things.


St. Luke’s Hospital Board of Directors

  • Eugene M. Toombs, Chairman
  • Daniel K. Stegmann, Vice Chairman
  • Norman L. Eaker, Treasurer
  • Ann M. Sullins, Secretary
  • William W. Benedict, MD
  • Oscar C. Berryman
  • Philip B. Cady, Jr.
  • Edward L. Glotzbach
  • Laurna C. Godwin
  • Ned O. Lemkemeier
  • Cynthia A. Maritz
  • John Mason, MD
  • Robert W. Reeg
  • Hugh Scott, III
  • The Rt. Rev. G. Wayne Smith
  • Daniel G. Wagner, MD
  • Steven J. Grigone, ex officio

St. Luke’s Hospital

232 S. Woods Mill Road

Chesterfield, MO 63017


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CPE Learning Center: 314-542-4748


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