Sandra A. Van Trease
BJC Group President
Sandra Van Trease, group president for BJC HealthCare, provides strategic leadership and direction to the BJC Collaborative LLC, an association of St. Luke’s Health System (Kansas City, Mo.), CoxHealth (Springfield, Mo.), BJC HealthCare (St. Louis, Mo.) and Memorial Health System (Springfield, Mo.). She also is responsible for overall business and growth strategies for a select group of BJC’s community hospitals, including Boone Hospital Center, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and Parkland Health Center in Missouri; and Clay County Hospital in Illinois, and the BJC Medical Group, to ensure outstanding clinical quality, operating efficiencies and financial stability. In 2012, Van Trease was appointed president of BJC HealthCare’s Accountable Care Organization. She also serves as a member of the senior management team at BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States.
Van Trease joined BJC in 2004, following a successful career as president and CEO of UNICARE, a managed health care company serving 1.7 million members as part of the WellPoint Health Networks Inc. family of companies. She also held a number of leadership positions with RightCHOICE Managed Care (former parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri and HealthLink, Inc.), including serving as president and COO. Prior to RightCHOICE, Van Trease spent 12 years with Price Waterhouse.
Van Trease earned her master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant. In 2004, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis for achieving distinction in her field and for contributing to the betterment of the university and the St. Louis community.
Van Trease is an active member of the St. Louis community and serves on a number of civic and corporate boards, including Peabody Energy, Enterprise Financial Services Corporation, St. Louis Regional Business Council, University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, Washington University School of Business National Council, United Way Campaign Cabinet, Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and the St. Louis Police Foundation. Her leadership has been recognized by several organizations including the St. Louis Business Journal, Modern Healthcare and the YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis. Recently, Van Trease was identified as one of the Becker’s Hospital Review “Most Influential Women to Know in Healthcare” and as one of the “Women to Watch” by the Missouri Society of CPAs.