Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Capital-Journal Journalist a Finalist for Reporting Award

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Capital-Journal Journalist a Finalist for Reporting Award

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The work of a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter who revealed that St. Francis Health Center was in jeopardy of closing is a finalist in the national Editor and Publisher awards.

In April, Morgan Chilson published a story highlighting uncertainty about the hospital's future after a deal with a potential buyer failed.

The news prompted an outpouring of community support for St. Francis, which employs 1,600 people. Gov. Sam Brownback also got involved with negotiations aimed at keeping the facility open.

In May, the University of Kansas Health System and Ardent Health Services announced they were acquiring St. Francis and the facility would remain open.

"I think that those stories were important to me because they made a difference in Topeka and the community," Chilson said, adding that the fate of St. Francis had a significant impact on those in the area.

Chilson worked at The Capital-Journal from 1995 to 1999 and returned in February 2016. The St. Francis story was the hardest story she's pursued since coming back, she said, because sources didn't want to broach uncertainty about the hospital's future. …

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