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BJC HealthCare is a non-profit health care organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. BJC includes two nationally recognized academic hospitals – Barnes–Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital, which are both affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine.

BJC HealthCare
TypeHealthcare provider
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
  • 4901 Forest Park Avenue
    St. Louis, Missouri 63108 US
Services15 hospitals
President and CEO
Richard Liekweg
Senior Vice President and CFO
Kevin Roberts
$4 billion


BJC HealthCare was created in 1993 when Barnes–Jewish Inc. merged with Christian Health Services with the intent to create a system consisting of a large urban teaching facility and a network of suburban community hospitals. In 1994, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital also joined BJC HealthCare. In addition to operating 12 hospitals in Missouri and Illinois, BJC HealthCare operates BJC Home Care Services, the oldest home care service west of the Mississippi, which offers hospice, home infusion and medical equipment services; BJC Corporate Health Services, including BarnesCare, an occupational health organization;[2] BJC Behavioral Health, offering behavioral health services to children and adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the Missouri counties of Washington, Iron and St. Francois;[3] and BJC Medical Group, which employs more than 300 primary and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. BJC HealthCare facilities consistently rank among the top health care institutions in the country. Flagship hospitals are Barnes–Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital, affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.


Barnes–Jewish HospitalEdit

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes–Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in Missouri with 1,228 beds and is known as the flagship of BJC HealthCare. It is the adult teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine and is one of three Level I trauma centers in St. Louis..[4]

Barnes–Jewish was formed by the 1996 merger of two hospitals, Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, which were built in proximity to each other on the eastern edge of Forest Park. Barnes Hospital opened on December 7, 1914, at its current location on Kingshighway Boulevard. Leaders of the St. Louis Jewish community established a hospital in 1902 on Delmar Boulevard. Jewish Hospital moved to its current location two blocks from Barnes Hospital in 1927.

The current facility houses the Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center, a 52,000-square-foot, 61-bed Level I trauma center that includes two full-body CT scanners and six trauma/critical care rooms. connected to rooftop helipad via a dedicated elevator.[5]

Barnes–Jewish Hospital also contains within the Center for Advanced Medicine the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, a partnership between Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine. The Siteman Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Missouri which holds Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute.[6]

Barnes–Jewish Hospital has earned a place on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s best hospitals for the past 20 years and is home to 15 specialties ranked among the best nationally. In 2012, the hospital was ranked 6th in the country by U.S. News & World Report.[7] Barnes-Jewish Hospital received a 2 star rating from medicare in 2016.[8]

Boone Hospital CenterEdit

Built in 1921 in Columbia, Missouri, Boone Hospital Center is a 394-bed hospital owned by Boone County and administered by BJC HealthCare. The facility is a Level II trauma center as well as a regional referral center excelling in heart services, neurology, obstetrics and cancer services. Boone Hospital operates five ambulances in Boone County. They are located at bases in Centralia, the northeast side of Columbia, the north-central side of Columbia, the southeast side of Columbia, and on the Boone Hospital grounds. They, along with the University Hospital ambulance service, provide emergency care for the entire county.

In 2005, the hospital became the first Mid-Missouri facility to receive the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and it also was honored as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Thomson Reuters in 2010.[9][10]

Boone Hospital Center and its Stewart Cancer Center are members of the Siteman Cancer Network,[11] an affiliation with regional medical centers that is aimed at improving the health of individuals and communities through cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Alton Memorial HospitalEdit

Alton Memorial Hospital is a 206-bed hospital located in Alton, Illinois, serving the River Bend area of southwestern Illinois. The facility offers the area's only balloon angioplasty program, open MRI through Twin Rivers MRI Center, CT services, PET imaging, and nuclear medicine and other advanced medical imaging services, as well as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. The hospital also operates a 24-hour emergency center and the region's only hospital-based ALS ambulance service.[12]

Alton Memorial Hospital recently opened a new 76-bed patient care tower. The Duncan Wing houses the hospital's Surgical Care Unit (12 beds), Intermediate Care Unit (32 beds) and Medical Care Unit (32 beds). Six observation rooms also are available on the ground floor.[13]

Alton Memorial Hospital was also a recipient of a 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index: Best in Value Award by a Data Advantage LLC study.[14]

Barnes–Jewish St. Peters HospitalEdit

Barnes–Jewish St. Peters Hospital (BJSPH) is a 111-bed facility in St. Peters that serves St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties. The hospital has a 15-bed emergency department, as well numerous other patient services, including cardiac surgery and pulmonary services. In 2004, the hospital completed an $18.5 million expansion which included new Cardiology and Women's centers, in addition to the Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy Center. Construction was also begun in 2008 on a two-story $28 million expansion project to add 64 additional patient rooms, a new inpatient pharmacy and medical office space to the facility.

Barnes–Jewish St. Peters also houses a satellite facility of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, which is a partnership between BJSPH and the Washington University School of Medicine.[15] The hospital received a 2009 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for being in the Top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction.

Barnes–Jewish West CountyEdit

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Barnes–Jewish West County Hospital (on the site of the former Faith Hospital) is a 108-bed hospital in St. Louis County, Missouri. The hospital recently underwent an $11.2 million renovation that included adding a new emergency department, updating operating rooms and renovating each patient room and public space. The campus consists of Washington University School of Medicine and private practice physicians. Barnes–Jewish West County Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare and employs nearly 500 health care professionals. The campus also includes a satellite facility of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

St. Louis Children's HospitalEdit

St. Louis Children's Hospital is a 390-bed pediatric hospital that provides services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states. The facility is the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine. Founded in 1879, SLCH is the oldest pediatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and the 7th oldest in the United States.

St. Louis Children's Hospital is a hospital that offers every possible pediatric specialty and sees more than 275,000 patients each year. The facility has performed more pediatric lung transplants than any other institution in the world, was the first hospital to administer insulin to a pediatric patient in the United States, and performed the first split-liver transplant on a child. The SLCH transport team, which covers hospitals primarily in Missouri and Illinois, is composed of a specially trained physician, a critical care nurse, and a paramedic, with respiratory therapists accompanying the team as needed, and can be en route within 30 minutes.[16]

In 2009, Parents magazine ranked St. Louis Children's Hospital #5 on its list of the 10 Best Children's Hospitals in the country. Also in 2010, the hospital was named by U.S. News & World Report to its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, as it has been for the past eight years.

In 2013, U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 2013-14 ranked St. Louis Children's Hospital #6 out of the 179 considered for evaluation. The Neurology & Neurosurgery specialty ranked the highest for the hospital at #2 in the US.

Missouri Baptist Medical CenterEdit

Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a 489-bed hospital located at Interstate-270 and Highway 40/I-64 in West St. Louis County. Missouri Baptist Medical Center was founded in 1886 and joined BJC HealthCare in 1994. The hospital offers a wide spectrum of medical and surgical services, specializing in obstetrics, heart services, cancer services and orthopedics.

In addition to a 20-bed emergency department for adults, MBMC has a full-size emergency department for children, with nine beds plus six more for longer term, in-patient care. The ER is staffed with nurses and physicians who specialize in pediatric medicine.[17]

In 2010 Thomson Reuters named Missouri Baptist Medical Center a "Top 100" hospital for the second year in a row.[18]

Missouri Baptist Medical Center has also received high marks by HealthGrades, a health care rating organization. In 2010, the hospital was rated #1 for overall Cardiac Services in Missouri, as well as receiving the Cardiac Care Excellence Award and Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 2009 and 2010.[19]

Missouri Baptist Sullivan HospitalEdit

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is a 75-bed facility located in Sullivan, Missouri, that serves the citizens of Crawford, Franklin and Washington counties. The facility serves almost 22,000 patients yearly and offers pulmonary, cancer, cardiac, behavioral, OB/Gyn, and rehabilitative care.

Progress West HospitalEdit

The newest hospital in BJC HealthCare, Progress West Hospital is a 72-bed facility located in southern St. Charles County. The hospital opened in 2007 and has many technological advances, including the Patient Touch Technology (PTT) system,[20] online express registration and Vocera communication system.[21] Progress West offers a wide array of cardiac, surgical, birthing, and orthopedic services, along with an emergency department and six Intensive Care Units (ICU). Progress West has a branch of St. Louis Children's Hospital located on site and was also the first hospital in the St. Louis area to use social media to alert patients to emergency department wait times.[22]

Parkland Health CenterEdit

Parkland Health Center comprises two former independent community hospitals, Farmington Community Hospital and Bonne Terre Hospital. All are located in St. Francois County. Farmington Community and Bonne Terre Hospitals merged in 1991.[23] BJC took ownership of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center on May 1, 2015, but closed the hospital, which was renamed 'Parkland Health Center-Weber Road' on January 19, 2016, leaving Parkland as the only hospital in St. Francois County.[24]

Parkland Health Center-Bonne Terre is a critical care hospital that houses specialists in the areas of cardiology, ENT, gastroenterology, neurology, Ob/Gyn, oncology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonary medicine, urology and vascular medicine. The hospital also contains an emergency department, oncology department and sleep apnea lab.

Parkland Health Center–Liberty Road is a 130-bed hospital with services for maternity and pediatrics, laboratory and radiology, cardiac rehabilitation, a cardiopulmonary department, surgical, physical therapy, diabetes clinic and renal dialysis clinic. The hospital also contains an emergency department and bariatric chamber for hyperbaric medicine.

In 2010 Parkland Health Center was ranked in America's Best 16 Community Hospitals by Becker's Hospital Review. It was the only facility in Missouri to be so honored.[25]

Christian HospitalEdit

Christian Hospital[26] is a community hospital located at the interchange of Interstate 270 and Highway 367 in north St. Louis County, Missouri. Founded in 1903,[27] Christian Hospital is one of the founding members of BJC HealthCare and specializes in heart surgery, neurological and stroke services and diabetes care. Christian Hospital operates one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, as well as an EMS department that provides ALS ambulance service to north St. Louis County.

Christian Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 percent nationally for medical excellence in stroke care (2016, 2015, 2014), and ranked in the top seven percent nationally for clinical quality excellence for heart failure treatment (2015). In 2014, the Joint Commission rated Christian Hospital a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” for achieving excellence in accountability measures of performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.[28] Additionally, Christian Hospital has received awards for its EMS, Community Health Access Program (CHAP) and other community outreach efforts.[29]

The campus also includes a satellite facility of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Northwest HealthCareEdit

Northwest HealthCare is an outpatient subsidiary of Christian Hospital located in Florissant, Missouri. Services include: emergency department, sleep lab, bone density testing, mammography, ultrasound and MRI.[30] A satellite facility of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center that is under construction on the Northwest HealthCare campus is scheduled to open in late 2019.[31]

The Rehabilitation Institute of St. LouisEdit

A joint venture between BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis is a 96-bed rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 2001, the Rehab Institute offers inpatient, outpatient and community rehabilitation services for survivors of stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic conditions and cancer. The facility is also affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.[32]

Memorial Hospital BellevilleEdit

Memorial Hospital East (Shiloh, Il)Edit

A satellite facility of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center is expected to move into a new building on the Memorial Hospital East campus in early 2020.[33]


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