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Our World Made Better - BJC in the Community

BJC HealthCare often hears from community members, patients, family members and colleagues about the ways BJC and its employees have made a difference in their lives, in the lives of their loved ones or in the communities BJC serves.

Here, we’ll share with you some of those stories and words of gratitude, as well as examples of BJC’s ongoing work to benefit the community, support charitable organizations and improve the health of those it serves.

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BJC In the Community

BJC donates $25,000 to local charities nominated by employees

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In commemoration of BJC’s 25th anniversary in 2018, BJC invited employees to nominate a charitable organization that had personal meaning to them to receive part of $25,000 set aside to support grassroots, local organizations with a shared mission of improving health, education, child/youth development, senior/disabled support or community-building.

Sharing comfort in the midst of loss

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Mothers who had lost a child in death found comfort in speaking openly to one another of their beloved children, their grief and their possibility of hope at the annual Weavings weekend-long retreat, held in the fall. Professional grief counselors and volunteers from BJC Hospice encouraged sharing and healing and led activities of celebration and remembrance for each child.

Life Outside of Violence program helps individuals, community end cycle of violence

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Jane Doe* is a young woman with several children. For the majority of her life, she’s been in a violent environment. It began when she was a child and continued off and on as she became a young woman. For now, she’s violence-free. She and her children live with a relative, which has made a difference. She’s also participating in the Life Outside of Violence (LOV) program, which has opened new doors that could help her move outside violence permanently.

MBSH Ambassadors assist with Backpack Snack Program

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The MBSH Ambassadors have scheduled regular meetings to help fill backpacks with food for children in food-insecure homes. Teachers and counselors from the Sullivan elementary and primary schools refer students to the program. Food-filled backpacks are sent home on Fridays to get the children and their families through the weekend, when school lunches aren’t available.

CH Foundation and CareSTL Health partner with school districts to open school-based health centers

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Funding made possible by the CH Foundation has enabled the Hazelwood and Riverview Gardens school districts to each open an innovative school-based health center (SBHC). Ribbon-cutting ceremonies took place Oct. 29 at Hazelwood East High School and Riverview Gardens High School.

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