BJC President and CEO Steven Lipstein is named St. Louis Citizen of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

William Drabant II of Baldwin City, Kan., returned to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in August to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his first-of-a-kind double transplant. Drabant, who has battled cystic fibrosis and severe liver disease, was the first patient to undergo a liver and double-lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish and is one of only 56 patients across the country to undergo such a procedure. 

The Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine lung transplant program celebrates 25 years of changing lives. The program’s first successful adult lung transplant was on July 17, 1988. Today, the program is one of the world’s largest, with surgeons completing more than 1,280 lung transplants as of July 2013.

Progress West HealthCare Center was renamed Progress West Hospital.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital was named a 2013 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplace, ranking 10th among large employers in the metropolitan area.

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center became the first in Missouri to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center certification. The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association certify Comprehensive Stroke Centers as industry leaders responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Blessing Health System in Quincy, Ill., announced May 9 that it will participate in the BJC Collaborative, a partnership among health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and eastern Kansas. In September, Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale becomes the sixth health care system to join the Collaborative.

BJC HealthCare was presented with a 2013 LearningElite award from Chief Learning Officer magazine, ranking 20th overall from more than 200 companies and first among health care organizations. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Boone Hospital Center were named to HealthGrades’ list of America’s 100 Best Hospitals. This distinction recognizes 2 percent of the nation’s hospitals that consistently provide the highest clinical quality and maintain the best patient outcomes.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital once again received Magnet recognition, the highest honor of nursing excellence held by only eight hospitals in Missouri, including three BJC hospitals. The American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded Barnes-Jewish its third consecutive Magnet status in recognition of quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine began seeing patients Jan. 7 at its newest outpatient location, in south St. Louis County. Located at Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road, Siteman Cancer Center-South County offers access to the same advanced treatments –  including more than 240 clinical trials – and technology available at Siteman’s main location at Washington University Medical Center.

BJC Through the Years:

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BJC joined with CoxHealth of Springfield, Missouri; Memorial Health System of Springfield, Illinois; and Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Missouri, to create the BJC Collaborative. The group’s goal is to reduce overhead expenses while achieving even higher quality care for the patients served by the four independent nonprofit health care organizations.

Alton Memorial Hospital celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012.

Consumer Reports ranked Alton Memorial Hospital the safest hospital in Illinois and the third safest in the United States.

BJC Hospice established the Ruth Castellano Nursing Scholarship.

The new 36-bed 4400 surgical, burn, trauma intensive care unit at Barnes-Jewish Hospital debuted as among the largest ICUs in the United States.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital -- through a partnership with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University -- began participating in an accredited stroke network, which speeds stroke assessment and treatment.

The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters & Progress West Foundation was launched in 2012 to support the mission of BJSPH and PWHC as the two hospitals work together to personalize the patient care experience, and meet the growing health care needs of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties and western St. Louis County.

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Boone Hospital Center’s new patient tower LEED Gold status for environmentally friendly construction and design, placing the hospital’s tower among the state’s greenest health care facilities.

The Christian Hospital/Northwest HealthCare Emergency Department received the 2012 Emergency Medicine Award from HealthGrades for excellence across the board, based on patient outcomes, and ranked among the top 263 hospitals out of 5,000 nationally.

Christian Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. CH also achieved a two-year Joint Commission re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center in August.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center was approved to be one of the few centers in the country to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a new heart valve procedure to treat aortic stenosis. The TAVR procedure allows a team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College partnered to open a $12.6 million, state-of-the-art education, research and training facility on the MBMC campus. It houses seven classrooms and four advanced simulation labs.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Parkland Health Center’s OB department implemented the nursery telemedicine unit, linking obstetricians and pediatricians at PHC with leading physicians at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, allowing a specialist to examine an infant immediately when needed, and in real time.

The Progress West Hospital emergency department gained a telemedicine robot named STAN (System To Assist Neuro stroke team), that enables BJH stroke and cerebrovascular faculty to extend acute stroke consultations to PWHC.

The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis added an in-house dialysis service, eliminating the need to transport patients off site for care and enhancing its ability to care for an increased number of dialysis patients.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital was verified as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital to receive this designation in Missouri and Illinois. The designation means SLCH offers the highest level of staffing, skills and facilities to provide pediatric surgical care to injured patients.

The Heart Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provided Quadrox  -- an experimental lung assist device -- to 10-month-old Eleni of Florissant, Missouri, who was suffering from a fatal and extremely rare disorder called alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV). Quadrox performed the work of the baby’s lungs for four days until her lung transplant.

Village North Retirement Community celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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The community benefit work of BJC HealthCare, its hospitals and health services was recognized with the 2011 VHA Leadership Award for Community Benefit Excellence.

BJC earned top honors for employee wellness in the St. Louis Business Journal’s first survey of the area’s healthiest employers — winning the “Healthiest Employer” award in the large company category.

The BJC Center for LifeLong Learning ranked #1 in health care and #6 overall among 32 winners in the American Society for Training & Development’s 2011 BEST awards.

The Institute for Health and Productivity Management presented BJC with the Value-Based Health Award for providing significant health opportunities for employees. The award recognizes corporations that encourage and appreciate their employees’ health and encourage employees to lead healthier, more productive lives. BJC’s Help for Your Health program also was one of only six Workplace Award entries chosen as a finalist in the International Health Promotion Awards competition.

Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of transcatheter aortic valve replacement allowed cardiac specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital to perform open-heart surgery without the “open” for patients previously unable to have surgery.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) announced that Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the 10th largest solid organ transplant center by volume in the United States.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital partnered with Advanced ICU Care to bring telemedicine and board-certified intensivists to the intensive care unit.

During 2011, the hospital’s 90th anniversary of service in mid-Missouri, Boone Hospital Center opened its new patient tower.

The Christian Hospital/Northwest HealthCare Emergency Department ranked in the Top 5 percent nationally with the 2011 Emergency Medicine Award from HealthGrades for excellence across the board, based on patient outcomes. This Emergency Department is the busiest in the St. Louis region, with more than 100,000 visits in 2011.

The Northwest HealthCare Emergency Department expanded and a new Medical Office Building opened.

Christian Hospital was designated as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company! at the Gold level by the American Heart Association. As a recipient, CH was recognized as taking the steps to create a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes within the organization.

The St. Louis-region’s first full-lung lobectomy using da Vinci surgical robotics to effectively treat lung cancer was performed at Christian Hospital.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center received certification as a NICHE hospital that specializes in geriatric care — the only BJC hospital and the only hospital in the St. Louis region to hold such a designation. Missouri Baptist is also one of only four hospitals in Missouri to have the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) designation.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Boone Hospital Center were ranked among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” by Thomson Reuters, marking MBMC’s third consecutive year and BHC’s second consecutive year.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration to unveil the new Alta Farris and Don King Healing Garden, a 6,000-square-foot sanctuary for cancer patients and their families.

Bonne Terre Hospital, one of Parkland Health Center’s predecessors, marked its 100th anniversary.

A 6,000-square-foot cardiac catheterization lab opened at Progress West Hospital.

Progress West Hospital opened an Outpatient Infusion Center, and celebrated the first full year of Safety Stop-St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Progress West.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital was designated as an Illinois Level 1 pediatric trauma center. Previously, the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in Illinois were in the Chicago area.

Village North Retirement Community was recognized by the American Association for Wartime Veterans with the Veteran Star Award. By hosting more than 30 educational sessions for veterans and their families, VNRC showed the highest commitment to this program in the St. Louis area.

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The BJC Center for LifeLong Learning ranked #1 in health care and #6 overall among 32 winners in the American Society for Training & Development’s 2011 BEST awards.

Alton Memorial Hospital celebrated in March 2010 the opening of the Duncan Wing, featuring 76 private rooms, six observation rooms, a spacious new main lobby, a new pharmacy and lab.

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital broke ground on a  $7.2 million that will add 5,425 square feet to the 14,055 square-foot facility in addition to a second linear accelerator and a brachytherapy unit.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital received full Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation in May 2010.  The three-year certification ensures the Hospital meets or exceeds strict quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

In June 2010, Boone Hospital Center babies got a new home with the opening of the Labor and Delivery Unit at the Boone Family Birthplace.

Boone Hospital Center completed its Emergency Department renovation and expansion -- now with 16 rooms, a second nurses station, a larger waiting room and a much improved triage area.>

Christian Hospital is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission.  The independent, nonprofit Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

A 2-year-old St. Louis Children’s Hospital patient is the youngest in the world to benefit from artificial lung technology.

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The BJC Center for LifeLong Learning ranks No. 1 in health care and No. 8 overall among 93 companies in the American Society of Training and Development’s 2009 BEST Awards (the second time the CLL has been honored by the ASTD).

BJC Corporate Health Services won the Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Award honoring BJC as the top nonprofit organization nationwide for its efforts to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries to workers.

Alton Memorial Hospital is recognized with a 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index: Best in Value Award as a result of a study conducted by Data Advantage, the nation’s leader in measuring health care value.

BJC Hospice earned the Heart of Hospice Award from the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association for their Lumina program. Lumina program volunteers help hospice patients preserve their stories, values and experiences in a letter to loved ones, on audiotape, in a video, as a biography or as a family tree.

Surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital took part in the largest multicenter domino kidney transplant in the United States. Washington University surgeons at BJH removed a kidney from a southern Illinois woman and transported it to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to be transplanted into a waiting recipient. This transplant closed a series of “paired kidney exchanges” that involved 16 patients at four transplant centers that also included Integris Baptist in Oklahoma City and Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital receives the 2009 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award -- the only Missouri hospital in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (and one of only nine in the state) to receive this national award.

The newest location of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital begins offering radiation oncology with the installation of a linear accelerator in February.

Boone Hospital Center achieves re-designation as a Magnet hospital from the American Nurses Credentialing Center -- the nation's highest honor for nursing excellence.

Boone Hospital Center earns the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. BHC is the only hospital in Mid-Missouri to achieve this certification and offer this leading care in the treatment and prevention of stroke in its 26-county service area.

Northwest HealthCare celebrates its opening five years ago with a celebration attended by more than 400. The event included free health screenings, food, games, prizes and tours of the facility.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1884.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center received honors from Thomson Reuters top 100 hospitals in the U.S. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks study recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical process and outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital celebrates a $4.5 million lower level completion. The new 16,758-square-foot space is home to the cafeteria, kitchen, pharmacy, occupational health, medical records, housekeeping and other support services.

For the second year, Parkland Health Center ranks in the top 20 of small hospitals in the country and was selected for the 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success Award by Thomson Healthcare.

Progress West Hospital is presented with the Top Performer Award for the second consecutive year by PRC. This was the first time in PRC history that a hospital won top honors back to back. For 2009, 

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Then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama shadows nurses at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the largest hospital in Missouri.

Construction of the Kling Center for Proton Therapy begins at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Proton beam technology can target tumors with great precision, thus avoiding radiation exposure to organs and healthy tissue. This facility will use a very small cyclotron (machine that generates the protons) that has never been used in the United States.

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital earns the Primaris Hospital Quality Award, an annual Missouri award honoring continuous improvement and innovative improvement efforts.

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital opens.

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BJC earns the 2007 Corporate Citizenship Award from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

The BJC Institute of Health is initiated by a $30 million gift over five years from BJC. The 11-story research building on the campus of Washington University Medical Center will be home to BioMed 21, the university's initiative to bring medical breakthroughs to the patient bedside faster.

Progress West Hospital, the first newly built hospital in the St. Louis region in two decades, opens in one of the fastest growing areas of St. Charles County.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center is recognized with the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence for exceeding national performance standards for clinical care in specific areas. The annual award recognizes organizations for achieving top performance on the clinical core measures established and tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Services (HCAHPS) survey, which measures patient satisfaction at hospitals across the country.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital completes a 60,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project.

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BJC HealthCare President and CEO Steven Lipstein is awarded the Missouri Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor. Lipstein's leadership, advocacy and commitment were cited.

BJC Home Care Services receives the Overall Top Performer Award in home care from Professional Research Consultants.

BarnesCare celebrates its 60th year of service in occupational medicine.

Boone Hospital Center opens the Center for Advanced Medicine, an 80,000-square-foot outpatient services facility.

St. Louis Children's Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine initiate The Children's Discovery Institute  to accelerate cures for congenital heart disease, cancer, lung and respiratory disorders, and musculoskeletal diseases in children.

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The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest recognition of excellence by the National Cancer Institute.

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital opens. The 14,055-square-foot facility offers medical oncology and radiation oncology care; cancer education, screening and support programs; and access to leading-edge clinical research studies at Washington University School of Medicine.

Boone Hospital Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital earn Magnet hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center – the nation's highest honor for nursing excellence.

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Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital opens new Cardiology, Women's and Outpatient Surgery centers.

Christian Hospital opens Northwest HealthCare in north St. Louis County.  Northwest HealthCare  is a unique outpatient diagnostic center with 24-hour emergency care, opens in.

St. Louis Children's Hospital begins construction on a seven-story addition that will double the size of the neonatal intensive care unit and add more private rooms than any other pediatric facility in the region.

BJC breaks ground on Progress West HealthCare Center, a new 72-bed hospital in southern St. Charles County scheduled to be completed in 2007.

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BJC introduces Help for Your Health, a health literacy initiative to improve understanding of health risks and encourage personal responsibility for health.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is named the first adult Magnet hospital in Missouri -- the highest level of recognition for hospital nursing awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital opens the Center for Advanced Medicine, including the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

As the only Level I trauma center in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital opens the new Charles F. Knight Trauma and Emergency Center, offering the most advanced technology and expert care from highly skilled teams in every medical and surgical subspecialty 24 hours a day (Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons -- the highest national recognition possible).

Missouri Baptist Medical Center earns the inaugural American Hospital Quest for Quality Prize honoring leadership and innovation in patient care quality, safety and commitment.

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BJC’s Center for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness partners with Washington University’s Medical Informatics Laboratory. The partnership enables BJC hospitals to use, where appropriate, expert medical software such as DoseChecker, PharmADE and GermWatcher.

The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine receives designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center.

BJC's newest hospital -- The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis  -- opens as a joint venture between HEALTHSOUTH and BJC.

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BJC Health System changes its name to BJC HealthCare.

Beginning in 1996, BJC HomeCare began the process of consolidating 11 certified home care agencies, five hospices, one home medical equipment service and three private duty agencies. This extensive coordination effort establishes BJC HomeCare.

Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine establish the Heart Care Institute on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

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BJC receives the National Quality Health Care Award – one of the most prestigious awards in health care – given by the National Committee for Quality Health Care.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates BJC and Washington University School of Medicine as one of eight Centers of Excellence in Health Care Epidemiology and Infection Control.

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BJC agrees to a request from the city of St. Louis to manage – for five years – ConnectCare, the St. Louis metropolitan area's health care program for underinsured and uninsured people.

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BJC purchases Group Health Plan's nine St. Louis area medical centers, strengthening the organization's ability to deliver and finance primary care services.

Partners HMO transitions to local management and is renamed Health Partners of the Midwest four months later.

BJC and its aligned physicians form a joint contracting and management organization to enhance patient care. BJC begins offering St. Louis Children's Hospital pediatric services at other BJC facilities, the first being Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

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Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis formally merge to create Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

BJC establishes the division of community health and wellness to create and coordinate health outreach initiatives throughout the organization.

BJC announces major renovation and consolidation at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's hospitals to make Washington University Medical Center more accessible and to enhance the quality of health-care services offered.

The state of Missouri awards BJC a contract to operate three mental health centers, complementing BJC's existing network of mental health services and forming BJC Behavioral Health.

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BJC designs and implements a comprehensive patient satisfaction assessment program, which is followed by similar programs to measure employee and physician satisfaction.

BJC establishes BJC Medical Group, an integrated group practice comprising primary care physicians, obstetricians and pediatricians.

BJC is among the first participants in MC+, Missouri's Medicaid managed-care program.

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BJC consolidates occupational health services in the St. Louis metropolitan area and later forms BJC Corporate Health Services, serving both mid-Missouri and St. Louis employers.

BJC establishes the Center for Quality Management to coordinate efforts to enhance the quality of medical care and services throughout the system.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center in west St. Louis County joins BJC.

St. Louis Children's Hospital, a premier pediatric hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, joins BJC.

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Barnes-Jewish Inc., an urban, academic medical center affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine; and Christian Health Services, a suburban community hospital network, merge to form BJC Health System.