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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

Stier Lecture in Medicine

The Robert F. E. Stier Memorial Lecture in Medicine, presented this year by Dr. Jim O’Connell (pictured), president and founder of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

Jim O'ConnellDr. O’Connell will share the story of how he transitioned from the role of Chief Internal Medicine resident at Mass General Hospital to the country’s first street doctor for those experiencing homelessness. Recounting his 35 years of serving Boston’s most vulnerable population, Dr. O’Connell will illuminate the history of homelessness and the undue burden of co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and substance use disorders among chronically homeless persons. Most importantly, Dr. O’Connell will reflect on the many lessons he’s learned while caring for his patients.

Contact

Heather Byrd
Events, Development & Community Relations
509-638-5462
heather.byrd@wsu.edu

University Lecture (Open to all WSU faculty, staff and students)

Medicine in the Streets: A team-based approach to caring for Boston’s Rough Sleepers

March 31, 2021
12 – 1 p.m.

Dr. O’Connell will:

  • Detail a model of street medicine that is integrated into the community as well as the hospital
  • Share the experiences of a team-based model for the delivery of integrated medical and psychiatric care directly on the streets
  • Review the morbidity and mortality of those individuals who sleep on Boston’s streets
  • Identify the importance of incorporating patient feedback into a community-based health care model, including the implementation of a Consumer Advisory Board

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Community Lecture

Rethinking Homelessness, Health, and Housing: A view from the streets

March 31, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Dr. O’Connell will:

  • Describe the evolution of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program model
  • Review the myriad challenges facing housing and health care systems in attempting to end the societal scourge of homelessness
  • Describe the burden of medical and behavioral health issues borne by rough sleepers
  • Identify the importance of incorporating patient feedback into a community-based health care model, including the implementation of a Consumer Advisory Board

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The purpose of the Stier lecture is to feature key leaders in medicine whose works have increased professional and public understanding of new technologies and challenging issues. The lectures began in 1996 and are funded by an endowment established by Alton R. Stier, M.D., and Robert A. (Bud) Stier, M.D., in honor of their father, Robert F.E. Stier, a co-founder of Hollister Stier pharmaceutical manufacturing that began in Spokane in 1921.

About Robert F.E. Stier, Spokane physician, businessman

In 1921, Dr. Robert F. E. Stier and Guy Hollister started the first clinical laboratory in Spokane outside of the hospitals and prepared their first batch of allergy medicine. The company grew into the international Hollister-Stier pharmaceutical manufacturing company that still has a division in Spokane.

Stier also was the pathologist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Spokane and had developed an extensive service area for lab and tissue pathology services in eastern Washington, Idaho, eastern Oregon, western Montana and British Columbia. Stier and Hollister added sales of allergy products to the regional service area, and the company eventually expanded its territory nationally and internationally until Hollister Stier Laboratories became the largest allergen manufacturer in the world.

Stier also started one of the earliest postgraduate education programs in the region. Teaching bacteriology and pathology to nursing students and interns at St. Luke’s Hospital expanded to many years of teaching bacteriology at Gonzaga University. He also lectured at Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University in Spokane.

In 1955, Hollister Stier became a subsidiary of Cutter Laboratories, and thus began a series of mergers and acquisitions. In 2017, the Hollister Stier pharmaceutical manufacturing division in Spokane is owned by Jubiliant Life Sciences headquartered in India.

Robert F. E. Stier’s influence in the community extended to medical practice, teaching, and business that helped to make Spokane the medical and educational center that we find today. His two sons – Robert A. and Alton R. Stier – both became physicians and businessmen in Spokane and joined together to honor their father with the Robert F.E. Stier Lecture in Medicine at WSU Spokane. Lectures began in 1996 with the purpose of featuring key leaders in medicine whose works have increased professional and public understanding of new technologies and challenging issues.