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Community Health Assessment guides Barnes-Jewish community benefit

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is committed to improving the health of the community it serves. Each year, we look beyond our walls and invest millions of dollars, along with countless volunteer hours in the St. Louis community. In 2012, Barnes-Jewish provided more than $260 million in free medical care, professional health education, medical research and community outreach efforts.

Community Health Needs Assessment

As part of its commitment to the community, Barnes-Jewish Hospital assesses the health needs of its community every three years in order to guide future investments in the community. While Barnes-Jewish treats patients from a wide region, including patients from other states and countries, our 2013 assessment covers our most immediate community – the city of St. Louis. Other BJC HealthCare hospitals assessed other regions within our area.


The goals of this assessment were to identify the most important community health needs, better understand the effect these needs have on the community and prioritize to best serve the community.

View our entire Community Health Needs Assessment

What we learned

The focus group, comprised of key leaders and stakeholders in the community, identified eight key areas that represent the most significant health issues in the City of St. Louis:

  • Access to health care
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Health literacy and education
  • Financial barriers to access
  • Safety from violence
  • Training of health care professionals
  • Chronic conditions
  • Lack of service coordination

Implementation plan

Barnes-Jewish Hospital split the identified needs into two categories: mission core priorities and supporting priorities.

Mission core priorities

  • Chronic conditions
  • Health literacy and education

Supporting priorities

  • Access to health care
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Financial barriers to access
  • Lack of service coordination
  • Safety from violence
  • Training of health care professionals

Every community benefit program at Barnes-Jewish falls into one of the health needs identified above. Each health need is being addressed by at least one active program. Review our full Community Health Needs Assessment to learn more about the programs that support our mission core and supporting priorities.

How We Benefit the Community


Charity care
Charity care at cost $65,066,454
Unreimbursed Medicaid at cost $65,125,714
Education & Research
Educating health professionals $90,001,495
Medical research $11,288,401
Safety Net Services
Subsidized health services $19,706,960
Community donations and partnerships $1,624,890
Community Health Programs $9,307,670
TOTAL $262,121,584


In 2013, Barnes-Jewish Hospital gave more than 31,000 free flu shots to the community at 20 locations throughout the St. Louis area. Because the virus was particularly dangerous during last year's flu season, it was more important than ever to ensure the community was vaccinated. These free flu shots were made possible through gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which has been supporting the flu shot program since 2008.

Your support makes a difference. Give to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital today.


As a Level I trauma center with more than 86,000 emergency department visits every year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a critical resource in our community—much like the first responders who provide lifesaving emergency care to everyone who lives, works, and visits St. Louis.

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