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Sep 2018

BJC celebrates 25 years of improving health, serving communities

When it comes to providing quality health care services and taking exceptional care of people, BJC HealthCare’s mission has remained steadfast since its founding in 1993.

For the past 25 years, BJC has been pushing the boundaries of medical technology and delivering premier health care services to people in urban centers, suburban neighborhoods and rural communities throughout Missouri and southern Illinois — in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient treatment centers, homes, schools and community settings.

Against a backdrop of burgeoning consolidation in the health care industry spurred by managed care contracting, BJC was created in June 1993 with the merger of Barnes-Jewish Inc. — an affiliation between Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis — and Christian Health Services. The new system was unique in the region as it boldly integrated an academic medical center with a community-based hospital that also included a network of suburban and outstate facilities. Hospitals that were part of the founding members included Barnes-Jewish St. Peters, Barnes-Jewish West County, Alton Memorial, Boone Hospital Center and Parkland Health Center.

By June 1994, Missouri Baptist Medical Center joined BJC — bringing Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital — followed a month later by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. As the organization matured, BJC consolidated BJC Home Care Services, expanded BJC Behavioral Health and Corporate Health Services, and launched community and school outreach services to solidify a comprehensive network of care throughout the region.

In 1999, Alvin and Ruth Siteman’s gift established the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. In 2001, BJC and HealthSouth partnered to open The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis on the academic campus and in 2007, BJC opened Progress West Hospital in southern St. Charles County. Memorial Regional Health Services affiliated with BJC in 2016.

BJC joined with three leading, independent non-profit health care systems in the Midwest region to create the BJC Collaborative in 2012. With four additional systems on board, the Collaborative is focused on enhancing clinical programs, improving quality of care, providing meaningful population health benefits and reducing the total cost of care.

Today, BJC has grown to 31,000 employees with more than 4,000 physicians on staff, all caring for hundreds of thousands of patients from throughout the region and beyond. Although 25 years have passed, the mission is flourishing, now and for the future.

Learn more about the history of each BJC hospital as it is featured throughout 2018:

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