Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.
Recognizing its excellent nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a "Magnet Hospital" by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Award is the highest honor awarded for hospital nursing by the ANCC.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital was created by the 1996 merger of Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Each hospital brought a rich tradition of excellence. Barnes Hospital opened in 1914 and became one of the first medical teaching centers in the United States. Jewish Hospital opened in 1902 to care for St. Louis’ growing immigrant population. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest health-care organizations.
Exceptional quality and unmatched experience has earned Barnes-Jewish Hospital a place on the U.S. News & World Report honor roll of America’s Best Hospitals for more than 21 consecutive years, with 15 top-ranked medical specialties recognized in 2013.
World Class Care, Closer than You Think
The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is the only National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis. Siteman offers a multidisciplinary team of more than 300 preeminent clinicians and medical researchers. In 2006, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world's leading cancer centers, added Siteman to its roster of 20 centers dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of oncology practices.
The Barnes-Jewish and Washington University Heart & Vascular Center has pioneered many procedures, from ablation therapies to valve repair and replacement, and permanent implantation of ventricular assist devices. Our patients have been among the first to benefit from advanced angioplasty techniques, coronary bypass procedures, valvuloplasty and heart transplantation.
Lung Care - Innovation, thoracic surgical skill and excellent care lead patients from around the world to Barnes-Jewish. Advanced areas include lung cancer surgery; esophageal cancer surgery (including Barrett's esophagus); lung volume reduction surgery to treat COPD; transcervical thymectomy to treat myasthenia gravis; lung transplantation; and lung nodule monitoring.
Transplant Services - Barnes-Jewish Hospital has the only comprehensive transplant center in the region offering heart, heart & lung, lung, double lung, kidney, liver, pancreas islet cell and bone marrow transplants. In addition to achieving outcomes that meet or beat national averages, the transplant program is known for quality and continuity of care.
Orthopedics - From adult reconstruction and joint replacement to sports medicine and trauma, the Washington University specialists at Barnes-Jewish provide the highest level of orthopedic care. The sports medicine specialists care for two of St. Louis’ professional teams: The St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Blues.
Neurological Care - A dedication to research and patient care regularly brings advancements to life. Highlights include a Neurosurgery/Neuroradiology Center for managing cerebral aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations; Gamma Knife Center for minimally invasive treatment of brain tumors; comprehensive care for epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, dementia and stroke; stereotactic neurosurgery; and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders.
The Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Barnes-Jewish provides full diagnostic procedures including computed tomography, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology. The Institute has pioneered many radiological milestones including becoming the first in Missouri to combine PET and CT scanning.
Trauma Care - Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first in Missouri and first in St. Louis to receive Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the Trauma Center. Now, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is one of only three ACS-verified level-one trauma center in Missouri. In addition, Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the honor of being named one of the top five highly prepared trauma centers, in the event of a disaster, in the United States by the National Foundation for Trauma Care in September 2006.
Our patients have access to leading-edge treatments as a result of research from one of the top-ranked medical schools in the nation. As one of the leading recipients of National Institutes of Health grant money for medical research funding, Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are proud of advancements they’ve developed through bench-to-bedside research and treatment including:
- A Washington University surgeon performed the first U.S. surgery to restore voice to a patient with an artificial larynx in 2003 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
- Innovative spinal cord injury treatments including brain imaging to verify recovery, and a neurologic rehabilitation program for spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
- Our lung transplant program is one of the world’s largest with more than 800 transplants, including the world’s first double-lung transplant.
- Washington University heart surgeons at Barnes-Jewish Hospital developed procedures such as robotic heart surgery, off-pump (beating heart) surgery and the Cox Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation.
- The world’s first removal of a patient’s kidney through laparascopic surgery was performed at Barnes-Jewish. More recently, the mini-nephrectomy procedure, which provides significant health benefits to the living donor and the recipient, was developed here.
- In 2005, the first U.S. surgery to relocate a salivary gland to restore moisture to a tear duct was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. This groundbreaking surgery may help save the eyesight of future patients suffering from this disorder.
These are among the numerous breakthroughs and clinical firsts that take place every day at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Extending Our Reach
Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s care extends into the community. Our refugee health department supports new immigrants, assisting patients in 33 different languages and dialects. Our AWARE program counsels victims of domestic violence. The Siteman Cancer Center focuses on outreach including providing mammograms, prostate PSA screenings and colonoscopy screening to the indigent. The hospital also provides more than 165 community education events annually.
While You’re With Us
Coming to a large medical center can be overwhelming. Barnes-Jewish guest services makes it easy for patients to find their way with a Greeter escort. Call 314-362-5196 or toll-free 800-451-4892 to pre-arrange guided assistance.
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