The BJC Collaborative

BJC HealthCare of St. Louis, CoxHealth of Springfield, Mo., Memorial Health System of Springfield, Ill., and Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Mo., partnered together in October 2012 to create The BJC Collaborative to achieve even higher quality care for the patients served by the independent not-for-profit health care organizations. Blessing Health System in Quincy, Ill., joined the Collaborative in May 2013 and Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale, Ill., in September 2013.

While remaining independent, Collaborative members and participants are focused on:

  • Implementing clinical programs and services to improve access to and quality of health care for patients
  • Lowering health care costs and creating additional efficiencies that will be beneficial to patients and the communities served by the member organizations
  • Achieving cost savings

Additional opportunities being explored by the Collaborative include developing and sharing best practices around:

  • Population Health Management population health information and assessment, physician recruitment and engagement strategies, and accountable care organization and medical home development
  • Clinical and Service Quality performance improvement, staff development and training including e-learning, management and leadership development, clinical skills training, clinical decision support, safety event reporting and emergency preparedness
  • Capital Asset Management supply chain relationships, facilities design, clinical engineering, technology evaluation, energy conservation and facilities management
  • Financial Services capital resource analysis, treasury operations, revenue cycle, business intelligence and actuarial expertise
  • Information Systems and Technology Meaningful Use of Health IT, data center management, data warehousing, software applications, hardware configurations and emerging technologies, and data security and patient confidentiality