BJC News


BJC Celebrates Nurses with Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses — BJC HealthCare will host a special event on Monday, October 19 for nursing professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The seminar will feature LeAnn Thieman, one of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series’ prolific authors.

Nursing Excellence: Children’s Hospital Achieves Third Consecutive Magnet Designation — St. Louis Children’s Hospital earned a distinction that only about 100 hospitals worldwide have achieved — its third consecutive Magnet® honor for nursing excellence. The announcement of the designation, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), took place August 19, 2015.

After Girl’s Surgery, Family Benefits from BJC Collaborative — Since 1998, Saint Luke’s has developed a telemedicine service, eHealth, that enables specialist visits to the health system’s outreach clinics located within a 150-mile radius of Kansas City. At the same time, SLCH developed telemedicine capabilities to aid its own outreach efforts. That led to more convenient follow-up care for Serena.

Beams of Steel Reveal Hearts of Gold — Ironworkers acquire a certain “toughness” on the job. They perform physically demanding and dangerous work with balance, strength and agility, working outside year-round at great heights to guide and connect steel beams weighing tons. Some ironworkers on the BJC Campus Renewal Project showed their “softer” side after spotting a toddler in a window nine stories up, waving and smiling day after day.

Barnes-Jewish Ranked Among Top 10 in U.S., First in Missouri — U.S.News & World Report names Barnes-Jewish Hospital among country's top; recognizes Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Boone Hospital Center with state-regional honors

U.S.News ranks St. Louis Children’s Hospital in all 10 “Best Children’s Hospital” Specialties — St. Louis Children’s is only St. Louis Hospital to rank in all 10 U.S.News categories

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center to Now Operate as Parkland Health Center — The agreement to transition ownership of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center (MARMC) became final May 1, 2015, between BJC HealthCare of St. Louis, Missouri, and Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee.

BJC to support regional mental health: Barnes-Jewish Hospital to assume operations of Psychiatric Stabilization Center — To support much-needed regional acute mental health care delivery, BJC HealthCare has announced plans to assume operations and ownership of the St. Louis Regional Psychiatric Stabilization Center

Clay Dunagan named BJC HealthCare Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer — Clay Dunagan, MD has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for BJC HealthCare. The creation of this important role reflects BJC’s continuing focus on providing the highest quality, safest and most effective care to patients served by BJC’s hospitals and service organizations.

BJC Partners with Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation to Reach Candidates with Disabilities — BJC HealthCare is expanding its efforts to reach candidates with disabilities for employment opportunities. As part of this effort, the health system has partnered with the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program to help eligible individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment at BJC.

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center Ownership Transitioning to BJC HealthCare — BJC HealthCare of St. Louis, Missouri, and Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tennessee, jointly announced today that BJC has signed a definitive agreement for Mineral Area Regional Medical Center (MARMC) ownership to transition to BJC from Capella. The transaction is scheduled to be completed in approximately 60 days.

Children’s Hospital and WUSM to Provide Pediatric Urology and General Surgery Services to CoxHealth — St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine have entered into an agreement with CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri, to provide pediatric urology and general surgery clinic and outpatient services on an ongoing basis.

Vigilance and Vaccines Can Keep Measles at Bay — The St. Louis area has avoided the recent measles outbreak so far, but it’ll take vigilance on the part of parents and physicians to keep it that way, says Rachel Orscheln, MD, Washington University pediatric infectious diseases specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Forest Park Forever Elects New Board Chairman and Directors Including BJC’s Richard J. Liekweg & Bestows 2015 Keeper of the Park Award — The selections were announced at the organization’s annual Keeper of the Park Award Luncheon & Community Address, held on January 26 at the Park’s Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.

Medicaid Reform Matters for Women’s Heart Health — February is American Heart Month and February 6 is National Wear Red Day. Medicaid reform and expansion will provide more women with access to health insurance coverage. This could reduce deaths from heart disease and improve quality of life.

Keep Up With the Latest News About BJC — BJC Today online features news about BJC hospitals, health services and people, along with health tips and our new blog, the BJC beat. 

Hospital Center Cuts Ribbon on $1.9 Million Renovation — The cafeteria renovation covers 7,300 square feet of space on the second floor of the Hospital and includes the serving area and dining room.

Why Is Medicaid Expansion Important for Missouri? — BJC President and CEO Steven Lipstein was a guest on KMOX-AM 1120 on Friday, January 23, 2015. Lipstein spoke to host Charlie Brennan about the benefit of Medicaid expansion for Missouri residents.

Legislators Urged to Consider Medicaid Expansion this Session — Republican legislators now hold majorities in both houses of the federal and Missouri legislatures. What will happen with Medicaid reform and expanded eligibility in Missouri? BJC president and CEO Steve Lipstein addresses Medicaid expansion in the January 14, 2015, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


HealthCare and Bethesda Health Group Partner in Management of Independent Living and Long-term Care Communities  BJC HealthCare and Bethesda Health Group have entered a management agreement to strengthen services to independent living and long-term care residents at BJC’s Village North Retirement Community in north St. Louis County and Eunice Smith Home in Alton, Illinois.

Steve Lipstein Elected to Institute of Medicine  Election to IOM is considered among the highest honors in health and medicine, and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Boone Hospital Receives Elite Nursing Credential  Boone Hospital Center on Monday joined an elite list as one of only 113 health care organizations worldwide to receive its third consecutive “Magnet” recognition for meeting a variety of standards for patient care and innovative nursing practices.


Steve Lipstein Named St. Louis Citizen of the Year — BJC leadership, community involvement and local philanthropy earn recognition for BJC president and CEO.

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes BJC Leaders — The latest Becker’s Hospital Review list of “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health Systems to Know” includes two BJC leaders. 

BJC Marks 20th Anniversary — by Steve Lipstein, BJC President and CEO

Southern Illinois Healthcare Joins The BJC Collaborative — Based in Carbondale, Ill., Southern Illinois Healthcare becomes the sixth health care system to participate in Collaborative spanning Illinois, Missouri and eastern Kansas.

BJC Behavioral Health Announces New Child Psychiatrists -- BJC Behavioral Health announces new child psychiatrists at their 343 South Kirkwood Road (get a map) and 3165 McKelvey Road (get a map) offices. To make an appointment, call 314.729.4040. There are no geographic restraints or restrictions. Meet the new child psychiatrists.

Sinek Joins BJC as President of Boone Hospital Center — Jim Sinek has been appointed president of Boone Hospital Center, effective August 12, 2013.

BJC Moves Metro into Wellness High Gear — Employees from across BJC were among the 40,000 participants in the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.

BJC Hospitals Rate in National Rankings — Barnes-Jewish Hospital led the way for BJC hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Named to Elite U.S. News Honor Roll — Infection prevention and high-tech transport helped boost St. Louis Children’s Hospital to recognition among the premier pediatric institutions in the county, according to the latest ranking by U.S.News & World Report.

A Cause for a Cure — Employees from across BJC were among the 40,000 participants in the 15th Annual Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure.

Blessing Health System Announces Participation in BJC Collaborative — Blessing Health System, Quincy, Illinois, announces that it will participate in the BJC Collaborative, a partnership among health care systems throughout Illinois, Missouri and Eastern Kansas. 

Medicaid Expansion Fight Focuses on Access, Rising Expenses — Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO, is quoted in a story about Missouri Medicaid reform in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

BJC Names New Presidents at Three Hospitals Effective April 15, 2013 — Larry Tracy is named president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital. Doug Black is named president of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

BJC’s Steve Lipstein Named Among Health System CEOs with Longest Tenures by Becker’s Hospital Review — Becker's Hospital Review is a leading source of business and legal news, analysis and best practices for hospitals and health systems.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Boone Hospital Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center Named Among 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review — Becker's Hospital Review is a leading source of business and legal news, analysis and best practices for hospitals and health systems.

Boone Hospital Center to Open Virginia & Norman Stewart Cancer Center — The Stewart Cancer Center will encompass all Boone Hospital Center cancer services, from screening to treatment and everything in between. The former coach of the University of Missouri men’s basketball team, Norm Stewart founded the Coaches vs. Cancer organization.