BJC Group President
President, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Joan Magruder is president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. Children’s Hospital is one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the country, and provides care in more than 50 specialty areas across six states. As a BJC group president, Magruder is responsible
for BJC Behavioral Health, BJC Corporate Health Services, BJC Home Care Services, BJC Hospice, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and the BJC/Bethesda relationship.
Magruder was appointed president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2013. Prior to this role, she served as president of Missouri Baptist Medical Center for seven years. She joined BJC HealthCare in 2000 as vice president of business development, physician services and alternate care sites.
Before joining BJC, Magruder served as the administrator of the department of surgery, outpatient services, transplantation and the physician group practice at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As administrator of the department of surgery, she had responsibility for strategic planning and financial and operational management of 30 operating rooms and the intensive care and inpatient
units. She also directed outpatient services, the transplantation program and the physician group practice. Magruder began her career with The Devereux Foundation Center for Head Trauma, and later established and led a for-profit rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania for adults with traumatic brain injury.
In 2012, Magruder was named to the “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review and in 2011, Magruder was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” Magruder serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Hospital Association Management Services Corporation, MHA’s for-profit subsidiary; is an advisory board member for the Center for World Health and Medicine; and serves on the national Children’s Hospital Association leadership committee on advocacy and policy. She is a past Missouri Hospital Association District Council President and has also served as a United Way health services coordinator for the St. Louis area. Magruder was recently named a 2015 Leader of Distinction by the YWCA.
Magruder holds a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.