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October 29, 2019


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I was fortunate to work at St. Luke's while it was still a non-profit. It was staffed by longtime employees who were like family, and the care was excellent. Then managed care made its way onto the scene. This was the advent of the REAL death panels, with treatment doled out in dribbles and drops, and doctors earning higher salaries working for insurance companies than seeing patients. Around 1995, St. Luke's began its descent into the world of for-profit healthcare, getting sold every five years or so. With each sale, the facility grew shabbier. The factors you cite play a part in its closure for sure, but so does the ubiquitous greed that is Late Capitalism. I highly, highly recommend Elizabeth Rosenthal's "An American Sickness: How Health Care Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back” for the big picture of how we got in this mess.

Killed me knee y me grandma swore to me I’d be backed for more surgery which we don’t neeeed we know it’s unda construction 🚧 it’s PAC monies why even there’s very few left for such a sizeable Growing populous state hmm thanks grams what weird memory to have last riots set explaining to her nurse she is abuser and delivered babies in banner at des Sam and doesn’t need to heard out online

Such a strange spot to shut down

Good Sam, St. Joes, Maricopa, and the VA are far apart? LOL...

Actually, I'd have thought that the county hospital would have ended up serving much the same clientele, and they're going to build a new hospital on the campus between 24th St and 32nd St on Roosevelt, which is pretty close to St. Luke's. Oh, and they've renamed it, changing from Maricopa Integrated Health Systems to Valleywise Health (?!?. Lame name, when the previous name conveyed the mission much better and less ambiguously. I mean, why not Valleywide instead of Valleywise? Imagine the gratuitous expense of changing all that on all their systems on a budget from Maricopa County. I don't get it.

I worked for Southwest Ambulance from 1995 to 2005, the latter half doing ICU transfers where we would regularly take patients to and from St. Luke's. Even then, it always gave the impression of being a bit of a medical backwater. It certainly didn't have the bustling urban medical center vibe you would get at Good Sam, Maricopa MC or even St. Joe's.

It seemed like it survived on its specialties, like the cardiac department and inpatient psychiatric facility (which I hope will remain open). I don't believe it was any level of trauma center and the nearby MMC was much more of an emergency medical destination for the ACCHSS (medicaid) patients that predominated in the area. Those that did make their way to St. Lukes probably tended not to be well insured.

So, St. Lukes had a core clientele of patients established by their doctor or their insurance, but a lot of those people were increasingly being cared for at the numerous hospitals outside of the city core. It's sad, but not shocking that their patient numbers have gotten unsustainably small.

I wonder what will become of the building?

"By the way, the Hohokam ruins were all over the valley - they couldn't all be preserved, they are literally underneath the entire city of Phoenix. You can go see what was preserved at the Pueblo Grande Museum, by the way, at 44th Street and Washington. But that's only the tiniest fraction of what covered the entire Salt River Valley, from Tempe to where I'm writing this now, near New River in the west valley, and beyond"

I love it when you talk history- and point us to more of it.

Amazing that all those ruins are long gone. Sad, tragic.

Currently the Museum of Northern Arizona has a great display of indigenous folks from ages ago and including a Native American interpretation of George Lucas Star Wars.

Good Sam is now Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix and is now also an academic and research center in collaboration with the University of Arizona.

This is much like Ariozna State University's partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Mayo Medical became an academic and research center with ASU collaboration.

It is too bad Mayo decided to build their medical campus so far out in north Phoenix. My parents' insurance (Tricare/United Healthcare for retired military) sends them all the way out to Mayo for specialized services when she can't be seen on base. My mom is trying to get switched over to St. Joe's rather than having to drive all the way out to Mayo.

I've never been that far north in Phoenix and now that I live on the east coast, likely never will. What is there to see out there on a visit, really?

You could visit Taliesin and view the surrounding desecrated landscape.
Or drive a few miles more NE and hang out with Joe Arpaio. The landscape beauty starts North bound at the Verde River.

Dosen't Mayo gets 10 percent up front in addition to insurance?

I like ole St. Joe's. Took a number of on duty visits while a cop in the 60's and been there for personal medical reasons. The only issue i have had is reminding them that first you have to bill medicare, then the secondary.

I would note that currently you can go to Fry's grocery store for many medical services. Not long before they will be doing surgery in the produce aisle. And currently you can by on line a pocket size EKG device to go with your small pocket sugar level tester.

Coming Soon
A small back pack containing an AI robot to assess all your physical and mental issues. And a self injecting drug for your Bi Polar actions.

Sun Fan
Let's is know if your in town. I'll pay for your coffee con Tequlia y Kalua.

Cal, that sounds good! I'll let you know next time I'm home.

Unbelievable that St. Luke's is closing!!!

I was a candy striper there from the late sixties until the early seventies. We were there for the transfer to the "new" hospital. As kids we were tasked with transferring patients. I have so many fond memories of our days volunteering there. Still looking for photographs of the old hospital.

In 1951/52 I was a four year old who just contracted polio. My home doctor couldn't find a hospital who would take me, until he called St. Lukes. I was there in isolation for around 3 weeks. I remember my mother using a ladder on the outside of my first floor hospital room to visit with me during this tough period. She would stand for hours on the ladder looking through a screen on the partially open window. St. Lukes treated me like family. I am forever grateful for their labor and wisdom. DB

My father was the hospital administrator when St. Luke’s was a small community hospital. Under his leadership, it grew into St. Luke’s Medical Center with it’s Centers of Excellence. I volunteered there when I was in high school (1970-74). I worked there for 5 years around the time when it transitioned into a for-profit healthcare system. There were many wonderful things that happened there throughout the years. It’s sad to see that it is changed forever.

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