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One year without Paul Reiter Yesterday, it had been exactly one year since Paul was here with us to manage the delivery of this newspaper to you.

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Vol. 84 No. 6

CAC Audited MAY 10 – 16, 2012


Dr. Wilkins leaves St. Louis American health editor accepts position at Meharry-Vanderbilt By Sandra Jordan Of The St. Louis American Photo by Wiley Price

Consuelo Hopkins Wilkins, M.D., with Dolores Gunn, M.D., director of the St. Louis County Department of Health at the 2012 Salute to Excellence in Health Care.

The medical accuracy editor of The St. Louis American, Consuelo Hopkins Wilkins, M.D., whose work has touched countless people in this community, is leaving St. Louis. She is leaving her position as associate professor at

Washington University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships to become the new executive director of the MeharryVanderbilt Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. “What I am going to miss most in St. Louis is the people,” Dr. Wilkins said.

Minority inclusion sticker shock

‘A spiritual boost to the region’

S.M. Wilson asks for $2M to meet MBE goal on rec center

By American staff


– Larry J. Shapiro, M.D., dean of Washington University School of Medicine


Baptists convene in STL

“The week will be jam-packed with classes, seminars, choir rehearsals, health fairs, street services, outreach activities, concerts and – most importantly – preaching,” said the Rev. Sammie E. Jones, senior pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Jones is Host Committee co-chair for the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education’s 107th Annual Session, which  “Each day meets June 1723 at America’s the 30,000in St. plus Baptists Center Louis. will be in “Each day study, prayer the 30,000-plus and worship Baptists will be in study, prayer from and worship morning to from morning to midnight.” midnight,” Jones said. – Rev. Host Sammie E. Committee coJones, Host chairs include Committee Dr. Harold co-chair Butler (pastor of the Northern Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis) and Dr. Zachary Lee (pastor of the Mount Paran Missionary Baptist Church, East St. Louis). “Attendees will experience lifechanging worship and preaching, informative panel discussions and empowering breakout sessions led by some of the country’s most dynamic pastors, Christian educators and ministry leaders,” Jones said. The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education serves as the primary training arm of the National Baptist Convention, as mandated in its constitution. The convention in St. Louis will get started 7 p.m. Sunday June 17 with an Opening Worship Service. At 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, a

 “Consuelo’s leadership has been key to establishing collaborative relationships with community organizations.”

By Rebecca S. Rivas Of The St. Louis American

temple, whatever you want to name it – be out there on the street with our sisters and brothers who have needs.” In 1967, Ebo became the first African-American woman religious executive director of a Catholic U.S. hospital – St. Clare’s Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin. For two years she served as executive director of the Wisconsin Conference of Catholic Hospitals. Ebo received nursing training at the St. Mary’s Infirmary School for Nursing for Negroes in St. Louis and served as director of Medical Records at St. Mary’s

The O’Fallon Recreation Complex project in North St. Louis City, which originally bid for $16.7 million, is 97 percent complete. Leaders of S.M. Wilson, the general contractor, said it cost an extra $2.174 million to give 40 percent of the work to minority companies, 8 percent to women-owned companies and 32 percent to  “Once minority workthat list is ers. submitted, In a Feb. 9, 2012 letter, the contractor is S.M. Wilson VP Fred responsible Jaeckle stated for that that achieving amount of these minority participation MBE/WBE “has been participation goals difficult and at the bid our company day cost.” has experienced the tremendous – Board of hardship in Public Service finding minoriPresident ty firms to meet Rich Bradley the rigid requirements established by the St. Louis City Ordinance 68412 and S.M. Wilson’s agreement with the City of St. Louis.” The City of St. Louis has already awarded $1,173,888 to S.M. Wilson because of their “hardship” in achieving the minority goal. Taxpayers should pay an extra $2.174 million for minority participation, according to the letter. At the end of the project, Jaeckle estimates that the project’s total con-

See EBO, A11


Photo by Wiley Price

Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the first African-American woman executive director of a Catholic U.S. hospital, was honored as Lifetime Achiever in Health Care at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Health Care held Saturday at the Frontenac Hilton.

‘Salute’ to Sister Ebo St. Louis American Foundation honors ‘Excellence in Health Care’ By Sandra Jordan Of The St. Louis American Nurses, a pediatrician, health administrators and a civil rights pioneer were honored for exemplary work in health care at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 12th annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Luncheon held Saturday, May 5 at the Frontenac Hilton. Sister Mary Antona Ebo, retired Franciscan Sisters of Mary, was honored as the Lifetime Achiever in Health Care. “We are to be a sign to the rest of the world,” Ebo said. “Whether we are in a synagogue, a mosque or a