About Hopewell Centers

The History Of Amanda Luckett Murphy Hopewell Center

Hopewell Center is a successor to Yeatman Union-Sarah Joint Commission on Health Care. Yeatman Union-Sarah was founded by committed community residents desiring to serve the health care needs of the poor, elderly, and disabled in their medically and economically underserved communities. In response to population assessments revealing that, sixty-nine percent of the area residents had incomes below the poverty level, the founders desired to promote economical growth and educational career opportunities by staffing health care facilities with residents from the community. The founders lived in the Yeatman and Union-Sarah Neighborhoods. They formed Yeatman Union-Sarah with thirteen members representing each of these communities. As a result of grants from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Yeatman Health Center commenced operations in 1969 at 2730 North Grand Boulevard. The Union-Sarah Center opened in 1972 at 4731 Delmar Boulevard. In 1985, the organization changed its name to Metro Community Health Centers, Inc., and continued to sponsor the Metro Comprehensive Mental Health Center until October 1988. In 1988, Yeatman Union-Sarah transferred its assets to Hopewell Center under the leadership of if it's founder Dr. Amanda L. Murphy. Hopewell Center offers comprehensive mental health, residential and transportation services to the 160,000 residents of the original Yeatman Union-Sarah communities in the northern and central parts of The City of St. Louis and the greater metropolitan area. A professional mental health staff serves a growing caseload of 2,800 patients, of which greater than ninety-five percent are chronically mentally ill and suffering from major psychiatric disorders. Hopewell Center operates a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Center and a Comprehensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center for adults and youth. Many services are provided at schools. Emergency services, including a crisis bed and mobile outreach, are available twenty-four hours per day. A multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, educators, and support staff work diligently to carry out the mission of providing comprehensive care to patients and their families. In fall of 2009 the Board of Directors of Hopewell Center elected to change the name of Hopewell Center to Amanda Luckett Murphy Hopewell Center to honor its founder and CEO.