St. Louis Children's Hospital addressing violence - KMOV.com

St. Louis Children's Hospital addressing violence

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Children's Hospital is hoping to become a national leader in the prevention of street and gun violence involving young people.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that the hospital has developed a treatment model called "hospital-based violence intervention." Victims of street violence are assigned social workers who connect the victims and their families to counseling, housing and other resources.  

St. Louis Children's medical director for trauma, Martin Keller, says the hospital has long done an excellent job in treating injuries caused by gunshots and stabbings. But he says that in the past, the hospital has failed to provide follow-up and preventative care.
  
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