Missouri Minute: St. Anthony’s Medical Center joining Mercy; Former Attorney General Koster takes job at Centene

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

St. Anthony’s Medical Center joining Mercy

St. Anthony’s Medical Center has entered into an agreement to affiliate with Mercy, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the region. Under the agreement, St. Anthony’s will affiliate with Mercy’s four hospitals and 730 physicians in metropolitan St. Louis. The move leaves St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield as the sole remaining independent hospital in the area. Read more

Former Attorney General Koster takes job at Centene

Former Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is headed back to the private sector. The Democrat, who lost to Republican Eric Greitens in last year’s gubernatorial race, is joining Centene as a senior vice president for corporate services. Read more

Missouri’s five-year total to settle discrimination, other lawsuits reaches $52 million

Missouri has paid more than $52 million over the last five years to settle lawsuits against various state agencies, according to information provided to lawmakers by the attorney general’s office. The majority of settlements pertain to litigation involving some form of discrimination. Of the 24 settlements paid out since last July, when the current fiscal year began, 18 involved allegations of discrimination, harassment or retaliation. Read more

Medical Tourism initiative suggests focusing on mid-Missouri

As Columbia moves forward with its effort to attract more people seeking medical treatment, it should focus first on the 25-county area surrounding the city, a report from the Mayor’s Task Force on Medical Tourism says. The task force, which also recommended ditching the term “medical tourism” to describe the effort, presented its report to the Columbia City Council during a Monday evening work session. Read more

Video game industry accounts for 700 jobs in Missouri, report says

The video game industry accounted for nearly 700 jobs in the state of Missouri and generated $44 million for the economy in 2015, according to new research from the Entertainment Software Association. That’s up from the $39.4 million the industry generated in 2012, the last year the report detailed, and significantly up from $14 million in 2009. Read more

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