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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Dr. Scott Zuick

Sicker patients, higher risk test doctor’s ‘psyche’

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Dr. Scott Zuick, a pulmonologist at BJC Hospitals, treats patients with issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia and lung cancer. And now, of course, COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Some of his practice...

Barb Prost is a nonfood manager at Dierbergs.

Grocery store manager takes shortages personally

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

Think you’re upset that you haven’t been able to score hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes or a thermometer during this pandemic? Well, not being able to get those items and more is something Barb Prost takes personally.“I’m very particular about...

Sara Brodsky is an Intensive Care Nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

For ICU nurse, care is a waiting game of hope

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

In late March, Sara Brodsky, a nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, learned that her intensive care unit would be the first in St. Louis to switch to working only with patients sick with COVID-19.She had experience treating people with pulmonary issues who...

Nikki Grizzle with her family.

Nurses care for children battling COVID-19

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

Holly Pollack and Nikki Grizzle work as pediatric nurses at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Pollack is in the intensive care unit, and Grizzle is in the emergency room. Both say that while the number of pediatric COVID-19 patients at the hospital has...

JoAnne Levy is vice president of Mercy Research.

Mercy seeks donations of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat others

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

Mercy Hospital and Mercy Research are participating in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s programs allowing use of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat hospitalized ones.“If someone tested positive for COVID-19 and has been symptom-free...

Dr. Neil Ettinger

Pulmonologist faces waves of nursing home patients

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

When the coronavirus first hit the St. Louis area, doctors such as Neil Ettinger were taking cues from their counterparts in Seattle and New York, as well as in countries such as Italy that had many more cases of the virus and more experience treating...

Pharmacist Rick Williams 

Local pharmacist adapts to challenges of serving public during a pandemic

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Curbside delivery is hopefully swift, safe and easy for customers, but that doesn’t mean it’s a simple task for workers, said Rick Williams, the owner of pharmacies in University City and Ladue.“It really is a change in the whole model — when...

 

Emergency room doctor laments personal and professional isolation

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Dr. Evan Schwarz says he went into emergency medicine because “you got to see people who had no other place to go and help them in that situation. And you had a combination of the intellectual side of medicine, as well as doing as procedures.”These...

Dr. Michael Klevens, shown here with his family, is medical director for emergency services  at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield and Des Peres.

‘Incident command’ responds to emergencies

Ellen Futterman, Editor May 22, 2020

A typical day for Dr. Michael Klevens starts about 6:30 or 7 a.m., when he checks in with the emergency departments at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield and St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital  to see how the previous night went. After consulting with...

 

Senior residence adjusts in time of COVID-19

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Max Oppenheimer, marketing director of the Brentmoor Retirement Community, typically spends much of his time networking and providing tours of the University City residence, which has a significant Jewish population.These days, though, the Brentmoor,...

Nikki Gilsinn

Local respiratory therapist is ‘right there’ in hospital’s fight against coronavirus

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

After graduating from Rockwood Summit High School, Nikki Gilsinn was interested in attending nursing school, but the closest school with openings was too far away. A director of Sanford Brown College asked Gilsinn whether she had ever heard of respiratory...

Nancy Dubman is a checker at the Schnucks grocery store near Olive Boulevard and Mason Road. 

Employee’s cheerful outlook brightens checkout lane

Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 22, 2020

Nancy Dubman started working as a checker at the Schnucks grocery store near Olive Boulevard and Mason Road in west St. Louis County about a year and a half ago.“I absolutely love it,” she said.Two months of working during the pandemic hasn’t changed...

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