BJC News

July 2015
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

LeMaster Honored by Bellwether League for Supply Chain Leadership — Nancy LeMaster, BJC Vice President - Supply Chain, is named to the 2015 health care supply chain leadership hall of fame by the Bellwether League. LeMaster was recognized for supply chain strategic planning and performance improvement initiatives, including utilization management and data analysis.

How Can We Make Medicine Better? — Share your ideas on how we can make medicine better; there are a million ways, and we want to hear them all; read what others are thinking and saying about health care reform and other topics.

June 2015
BJC, Other Organizations, Welcome Supreme Court ACA Ruling — The Court ruled that subsidies can continue for the purchase of health insurance in 34 states, including Missouri

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

Robin Blount, MD Named Chief Medical Officer of  Boone Hospital Center — Dr. Blount is a Columbia native. She graduated from Hickman High School, and then attended the University of Missouri where she received both a degree in chemistry and her medical degree. Dr. Blount has been practicing internal medicine at the Boone Clinic since 1987.

May 2015
BJC HealthCare Recognized for Innovation in Supply Chain Management — BJC HealthCare has been named the 2015 national health care provider Supply Chainnovator award winner by Gartner, Inc., a leading global research and advisory company.

Marcia Howes Named BJC Supply Chain Executive — Marcia Howes has joined BJC HealthCare as vice president and chief supply chain executive, with a focus on ensuring superior outcomes and value through strong relationships with internal clients and external suppliers. 

BJC HealthCare Named in Becker's Hospital Review 50 Great Health Systems to Know — Becker's Hospital Review provides business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance.

Lifelong Lessons for the Class of 2015 — BJC HealthCare president and CEO Steve Lipstein shared lessons gleaned during a career in health care administration, with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Class of 2015 at the school's May 2 commencement ceremony. Learn what he had to say at BJC Today Online.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Learn the Facts — We all play a role in creating a mentally healthy community that supports prevention, treatment and recovery. One of the best ways to help is learning to distinguish between the facts about mental ...

CCE Safety Effort Wins Award from National Patient Safety Group —  The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) recognized a BJC and Washington University team for their initiative that dramatically reduced the incidence of severe low blood sugar in hospitalized patients across BJC.

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.

April 2015
Memorial Group, BJC HealthCare to Explore Strategic Affiliation — Memorial Group and BJC HealthCare today announced plans to explore a strategic affiliation between the two systems.

BJC Receives National Recognition for Workplace Support, Inclusive Hiring Practices — BJC received the National Employment Team (NET) Business Partner Award from the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), the national organization of chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies that help individuals with physical and mental disabilities get job training and find jobs.

Happy and Healthy Arrival: Alton Memorial Cuts the Ribbon on Expanded Women’s Health and Childbirth Center — Alton Memorial Hospital celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house showing off its renovated and expanded Women’s Health and Childbirth Center on April 16, 2015.

BJC Sponsors Local Smoking Cessation Campaign 

Did you know?

  • Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Missouri
  • Nearly 10,000 Missourians die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke
  • More than 1,100 additional Missouri deaths are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke every year

In April, BJC HealthCare and more than two dozen local groups will come together to encourage St. Louisans to “Show Me You Can Quit.”

BJC HealthCare Partners with Harris-Stowe to Provide Career Readiness for Students — BJC HealthCare recently formed a new partnership with Harris-Stowe State University to provide career readiness and preparation for Harris-Stowe students to ensure their success as they transition into the workforce.

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

March 2015
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.

February 2015
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.

January 2015
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.

December 2014
How Can We Make Medicine Better? — Share your ideas on how we can make medicine better; there are a million ways, and we want to hear them all; read what others are thinking and saying about health care reform and other topics.

November 2014
‘Frontline for Hope’ Showcases SLCH Patient Stories — The second season of "The Frontline for Hope" will premiere on KSDK NewsChannel5 at 6:30 p.m. November 22, 2014. The series will run six consecutive Saturdays.

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.

October 2014
Health Care Preparedness for Ebola, a Commentary by Clay Dunagan, MD, BJC Center for Clinical Excellence Vice President — As Ebola continues to dominate news around the world, employees and the general public are becoming understandably concerned and anxious about hospital preparedness and the ability to keep patients and employees safe in the event that Ebola appears in our community.

How BJC HealthCare Is Preparing For Ebola: Questions & Answers — Ebola has become a major public health crisis in some West African nations, where it is expected the outbreak will last for many more months.

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.

Robert Cannon Named President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital  Barnes-Jewish Hospital will have a new president from within the ranks of BJC HealthCare. Current BJH president Richard Liekweg was promoted to a new BJC executive role.

Campus Renewal: A Vision Unfolds  For nearly two years, clinicians, staff, patients and families have worked hand in hand with the Washington University Medical Center Campus Renewal design team to transform the future of health care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

September 2014
Kevin Roberts. Senior Vice President and CFO, Named to Becker's Hospital Review's 2014 list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know  The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected CFOs on this year's list based on peer nominations and editorial research.

BJC Hospice Program Helps Support the Ferguson Community  Wings on Wheels (WOW), a mobile expressive therapy program that helps support children, teenagers, young adults, families, groups, and communities impacted by illness or loss, was invited to join Better Family Life in their efforts to support the community in the Canfield neighborhood in Ferguson.

August 2014
I-64 Tower Grove Ramp Interchange Will Open Friday  The commute is about to get a little easier for employees and patients heading to the Kingshighway medical center campus. After more than a year of phased construction activity, the improved I-64 interchange at Tower Grove Avenue is scheduled to open the afternoon of August 29, 2014.

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.

Doctor Dedicates Life to Orphans in India  Dr. Subbarao Polineni's care and concern extend far beyond his work on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

St. Louis American reports on BJC Diversity Initiatives with Construction Industry  Over the next decade, the Washington University/BJC Medical Center campus at Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis will undergo tremendous new construction and renovation inside, outside and under the Midtown footprint.

July 2014
BJC Hospitals Earn Top Recognition from U.S.News & World Report  If you’re looking for top medical care in Missouri, BJC hospitals are the place to go. Three BJC hospitals appeared in the top four spots in Missouri, based on the latest “Best Hospitals” rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

June 2014
U.S.News Ranks St. Louis Children's Hospital in all 10 Specialties — In each of the 10 specialties surveyed, St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University is again among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report.

May 2014
MERS Risk to General Public Is Low  Yet, despite its notoriety, the virus doesn’t currently pose a significant threat to the general U.S. population, says Steven Lawrence, MD, Washington University infectious disease specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Nutrition and Wellness at Work and Home  At the BJC Employee Wellness Summit, businesses from across the nation learned from experts about the importance of employee wellness programs to their workers’ health and to the bottom line.

April 2014
BJC President and CEO Steve Lipstein St. Louis Post-Dispatch Live Chat Transcript —
Steve Lipstein took part in a live chat with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Steve Lipstein Featured In New York Times Article — BJC president and CEO Steve Lipstein was interviewed in a recent article in the New York Times on new federal policies that are unfairly penalizing doctors and hospitals that treat large numbers of poor patients.

The Connection Between the Affordable Care Act, Charity Care — Read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch commentary by Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO, about the connection between the Affordable Care Act and charity care.

Annual Salute to Excellence Recognizes BJC Employees  The St. Louis American recognizes two BJC employees in its annual salute to excellence: Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and CoKeisha Van Hook, RN, BSN, OCN, Christian Hospital.

School Program Combines the Classroom and the Exam Room  Watch as Channel 4 highlights Parkway students as they job shadow at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital as part of the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy.

Lipstein Receives Citizen of the Year Award — BJC president and CEO Steve Lipstein receives the St. Louis Citizen of the Year award. Watch the video.

TJ Oshie's Baby Girl Recovering from Surgery for Birth Defect  On the rink, T.J. Oshie is a hockey hero. But around here, he's a doting dad! NBC's Today Show paid us a visit this week to check in with proud new parents TJ and Lauren, and their beautiful baby girl. Meet Lyla!

March 2014
Fowler Appointed Airport Commissioner — Lambert-St. Louis International Airport welcomes two new commissioners to the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission. June McAllister Fowler, vice president, corporate and public communications for BJC HealthCare, was appointed by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay.

BJC, WUSM Showcase Renderings for Campus Renewal on Kingshighway  Get the first glimpse of the future landscape of the medical center with renderings of the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital north campus tower and St. Louis Children's Hospital expansion.

February 2014
Planned outpatient pediatric center gains community approval -- St. Louis Children’s Hospital has received approval from the Town & Country board of aldermen to move forward with plans to build an outpatient pediatric ambulatory center at the intersection of Mason Road and Interstate-64.

BJC Once Again Named LearningElite Organization by Chief Learning Officer Magazine  BJC has been selected among the finalists as a 2014 LearningElite organization by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprisewide success through employee learning and development.

Web Cams of Campus Renewal Project Now Available Watch the Campus Renewal Project live -- from demolition through construction -- as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine embark on a long-term project to renew the medical center campus.

Fowler Named to Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis — June McAllister Fowler, BJC vice president for corporate and public communications, has been named to the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Sandra Van Trease Named to AHA, VHA Boards — Sandra Van Trease, BJC group president, was recently appointed to two prestigious boards -- the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, and the VHA board of directors.

Kelvin Westbrook Named BJC HealthCare Board Chair — Westbrook has served BJC institutions over the past 15 years, first at Christian Hospital, then St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the BJC board, where he has also served as chair of the compensation committee.

January 2014
Tara Diebling Named Chief Executive Officer for The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis — The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis is a partnership between BJC HealthCare and HealthSouth.

BJC HealthCare Establishes Endowed Chair in UMSL’s College of Nursing — The endowed chair honors Donald Ross, vice chairman of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, who recently retired as chairman of BJC HealthCare’s board of directors. He was named chairman in 2009, and has served as a board volunteer since 1994.

Town and Country Board Approves BJC Medical Offices, Outpatient Center — BJC HealthCare won approval to expand its St. Louis Children’s Hospital into West County with a pediatric medical office building and outpatient center at Mason Road and Highway 40 (Interstate 64).

Tim Bushur Joins BJC Revenue Cycle Management as Director of Finance — Bushur will start January 27, 2014.

St. Louis Children's Hospital Heart Center Cited Again as "Center of Excellence" — The St. Louis Children’s and Washington University Heart Center was recently named a Center of Excellence for pediatric congenital heart disease. It is one of only 17 facilities nationwide to receive the designation from OptumHealth, a leading developer of condition management programs.

Boone Hospital Center Completes Renovation — On January 13, 2014, Boone Hospital Center celebrated the completion of a $10.7 million renovation of an additional two floors, bringing 64 more private patient rooms to the Hospital.

Stewart Cancer Center Opens Doors — Boone Hospital Center collaborates with Norm and Virginia Stewart. The new Stewart Cancer Center inpatient treatment unit officially opened for patients January 6, 2014.

BJC Accountable Care Organization Recognized — BJC’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual list of “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know.” 

Influenza on the Rise in Region — Learn how to best protect yourself and your family.

BJC Employee Loses 100 Pounds — It was a 2012 New Year’s resolution – to lose weight. Sound familiar? Viron Washington of St. Louis actually stuck to his resolution and dropped the pounds, 110 and counting.

December 2013
Steve Lipstein Named St. Louis Citizen of the Year — BJC leadership, community involvement and local philanthropy earn recognition for BJC president and CEO.

Clay County Hospital Moves to New Management  Clay County Hospital has signed a management agreement with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc. (SMGSI) effective January 1, 2014.

BJC’s Plans for Former Highway Patrol Land Move Forward  BJC HealthCare’s second attempt to redevelop a former Missouri Highway Patrol troop headquarters into a pediatric outpatient center received approval from Town and Country’s planning and zoning commission.

BJC Behavioral Health Employee Part of St. Louis Winter Outreach Volunteer Group to get Homeless in Emergency Warming Centers — Read it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and watch it on FOX 2.

BJC Safety Effort Earns Prestigious National Award from Pharmacists Organization — BJC HealthCare is the recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety given by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation.

Gabby’s Story: Cord Blood Transplant Cures Sickle Cell Disease — This Thanksgiving, all Gabby Carter had to worry about is not spoiling her appetite before a big turkey dinner. But, for Gabby, that’s extraordinary.

November 2013
Magruder, Van Trease Named to Leaders List — Two BJC HealthCare executives are named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list.

Making BJC HealthCare Better — Read a commentary by Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO. A shortened version ran in the November 15 St. Louis Business Journal.

Missouri Baptist Rates with Thoracic Surgeons Group — Missouri Baptist Medical Center was the only cardiac surgery program in Missouri to receive three-star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for both coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery.

Children’s Hospital is on the ‘Frontline’ for Emmys — “The Frontline for Hope,” a six-part documentary-style series shot at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, won two regional Emmy awards, including an Emmy for Current Affairs Program Special.

October 2013
Health Marketplaces Open to Provide Coverage for More Uninsured — The new health insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) launched Oct. 1 across the country, including in Missouri and Illinois.

BJC ACO works to improve health care for seniors — BJC was named an Accountable Care Organization in July 2012 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

September 2013
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.

August 2013 
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.

July 2013
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.

June 2013
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.

May 2013
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. 

April 2013
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.

March 2013
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.

February 2013
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.

New Presidents Named at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center — Joan Magruder will become president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and John Antes will succeed Magruder as president of Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

January 2013
Paralyzed Surgeon Stands Up for His Patients at Progress West HealthCare Center —  Ted Rummel, MD,  uses a stand-up wheelchair to perform his first shoulder surgery in two years.

Siteman Cancer Center Opens New South St. Louis County Location - 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.

BJC HealthCare Named in Becker's Hospital Review 50 Great Health Systems to Know

BJC HealthCare Named in Becker's Hospital Review 50 Great Health Systems to Know

Becker's Hospital Review provides business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance.

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