From the Chief Medical Officer

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Dear colleagues, patients, families and visitors:

I would like to introduce you to our 2014 Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report.

Our mission is to take exceptional care of people. There is nothing that we focus on more at Barnes-Jewish than providing safe, quality care to our patients.

Each year, along with our physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine, we build on improving our processes and systems to ensure that we are continuing to:

  • reduce risk to patients,
  • research, develop and follow best practices, and
  • create the most positive and satisfying experience for our patients.

In 2014, we reaped some of the rewards of our hard work from previous years. Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the Rising Star Award from the University HealthSystem Consortium, or UHC, for significant improvements in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness and equity of care. UHC is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers. Four years ago, UHC ranked us number 87 out of 117 academic medical centers across the country and in 2014 we are ranked number 17. More details about the award are included in a video in this report.

This year, we also reviewed and updated our protocols and processes should we receive a patient with known or suspected Ebola disease. Our practices align with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Team members have been trained to identify and understand relevant exposure history and signs or symptoms compatible with Ebola, and then take steps to adequately protect other patients and themselves, including appropriate use of personal protective equipment.

2014 has been a year of determination, growth and commitment:

  • determination to continue to provide the best possible care to all patients in a constantly changing environment,
  • growth to ready ourselves for possible challenges, and
  • commitment to continue to lead and serve our community.

On behalf of the leadership at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, I want to thank our team members for their unwavering dedication to our patients.


John Lynch, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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