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'Social Entrepreneurship and Urban Health Care'

Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

Sonny Saggar, M.D. will take part in a discussion at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall, as part of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics's Signature Event Series.

The discussion is open to the public, and CME credit is available. A networking reception will follow.

Discussion Abstract: Do people with means have a moral duty to obtain health care at institutions that accept safety net insurance, so that such institutions can grow, prosper and maintain their missions? How can an urgent care that accepts Medicaid stay afloat any longer than a year, especially when patients with Medicaid have a hard time finding 24-hour urgent care anywhere else in town?

Saggar, a loud and proud social justice warrior, is the founder of Downtown Urgent Care and the nonprofit Saint Louis General Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Universities of Oxford and London and, as a foreign medical graduate, repeated his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield.

Saggar’s professional path took him on a journey through accountancy and investment banking before recommitting to a medical career which began with traveling India, Singapore, and Brisbane Australia, attending to the underserved aboriginal population in the Outback. In 1997, he immigrated to St. Louis. Working fulltime at first, and he later worked part-time from 2010 onward as an emergency physician and in other roles at multiple hospitals, including St. Luke's, Missouri Baptist, Christian Northeast, St. Charles Health Center, SSM Health St. Mary's, Lake Saint Louis, Progress West, Barnes West, and St. Alexius.

In March 2009, he founded Downtown Urgent Care, against the advice of many pundits who told him it would never succeed. This medical facility now boasts about being the only urgent care in Saint Louis that is “truly urgent,” in that it is open 24/7, and one of the few that has “true access,” in that all patients are welcome, including those patients on Medicaid and Medicare. He formed a 501c3 nonprofit, Saint Louis General Hospital, as a vehicle to achieve his vision of a society that cares for not only the wealthy but also for the weakest and poorest members.