Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Progress West Hospital
Chris Watts is president of the BJC hospitals in St. Charles County, Missouri – Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital. Opened in 2007, Progress West Hospital is BJC HealthCare’s first greenfield hospital offering the latest in facility design, technology and patient-centered care. The hospital has 72 private rooms, 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency services, surgical services, a cardiac catheterization lab, medical/surgical inpatient services, obstetrical services with labor and delivery suites, diagnostic imaging and lab services and is a Level II Certified Stroke Center. Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital is a 101- bed community hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the Breast Health and Women’s Center, the Cardiology Center, and the Outpatient Surgery and Endoscopy Center.
Watts was previously vice president of planning and construction for BJC HealthCare, where he was responsible for the management of BJC’s capital planning process and budget; BJC’s real estate portfolio; BJC’s facilities planning, design and construction organization; and $400 million in active construction projects across BJC’s clinical and administrative services.
Watts joined BJC HealthCare in 2005, and has also held the leadership roles of BJC vice president of capital and program planning, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital director of ambulatory services. He began his career with CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri and also held positions with Centene Corporation in St. Louis.
Watts holds a master’s degree in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Program of FOCUS St. Louis, a recipient of the Washington University Robert E. Frank Scholarship for educational excellence in health administration, and a recipient of the Donald J. Horsch Award for early career promise in health care management.