Richard Liekweg Promoted to President of BJC HealthCare
BJC HealthCare has announced that Richard Liekweg, executive vice president, has been promoted to president of BJC HealthCare. This change recognizes the impressive results that BJC has achieved over the past several years, and the key role Liekweg has played in helping to achieve those results, according to BJC chief executive officer Steve Lipstein and BJC board chair Kelvin Westbrook.
“This is an exciting time for BJC HealthCare,” said Lipstein. “We have a well-balanced, diverse and inclusive offering of hospitals and health care services, and BJC is well positioned to fulfill our mission to make medicine better. We have grown to be a system of 15 hospitals, opened new ambulatory care facilities in south and west St. Louis County, and expanded our strategic relationships with other health care organizations. BJC’s clinical leaders continue to make important strides forward in improving the quality of care and in offering new and innovative technologies and therapies. Rich has been an integral part of this success.”
In the president role, Liekweg will continue to have responsibility for advancing operational and clinical excellence across of BJC’s hospitals, service organizations and shared service departments.
Liekweg joined BJC in 2009 as president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, and BJC group president. He also chaired the steering committee for the 10-year Washington University Medical Center campus renewal project. Prior to BJC, Liekweg served as chief executive officer and associate vice chancellor for the University of California San Diego Medical Center. He also spent more than 16 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Duke University Health System, including CEO of Durham Regional Hospital.
Liekweg holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and master’s degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Michigan. He serves on a number of professional and community boards including the VHA-UHC Alliance, Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals, Forest Park Forever and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Directors.
This change will be effective Jan. 1, 2017, and Liekweg will continue to report to Steve Lipstein.