Officers use portable heart device to save BJH employee

John VanderHeyden, a mechanic at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said he is lucky to be alive after collapsing recently in a parking lot on the Medical Campus. He was revived by School of Medicine security officers, who immediately began chest compressions and used an automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable device that provides an electric shock to restore a heart’s normal rhythm.
Washington People: Melissa Hopkins

Washington People: Melissa Hopkins

Melissa Hopkins, assistant vice chancellor and assistant dean of facilities operations at the School of Medicine, excels at multi-tasking. At work, she oversees facilities engineering, design and construction, support services, business operations and protective services. At home, she and her husband have three children with plans to adopt three more. Further, she also shares custody of three children and has three adult sons from a previous marriage.

Duncan/Newstead intersection to close Feb. 25

Starting Feb. 25 and continuing for about two months, the intersection of Duncan and Newstead avenues will close as a Metropolitan Sewer District storm sewer line upgrade continues. Sections of Duncan east of Newstead have been closed during the project but will reopen when the intersection closes. Boyle is expected to reopen this spring.

Taylor Avenue closing each night Feb. 2-11

Beginning at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, Taylor Avenue between McKinley and Clayton avenues will be reduced to two lanes of traffic each night until Feb. 11 for the installation of Ameren substation feeder conduits below Taylor.