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National Leaders

Our performance and our status as national leaders in medicine is frequently validated by outside organizations. Below is a listing of the significant recognition we received in 2013 and medical milestones we reached.

U.S. News & World Report

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, along with its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine, has ranked among the country’s best hospitals for 21 consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report has included our hospital on its elite honor roll since 1992.

In 2013, Barnes-Jewish ranked in the top 25 in 15 of 16 specialties and received an overall ranking of 15 out of nearly 5,000 hospitals. Only 3 percent of hospitals nationwide earn even one top 50 ranking.

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2013 Magnet® Redesignation Highest honor in nursing

Barnes-Jewish Hospital first earned Magnet designation in 2003 and we earned redesignation a second time in 2013.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Fewer than 400 health care organizations in the country have achieved Magnet designation. Only eight hospitals in Missouri hold the honor.

Consumer Choice Award

Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the Consumer Choice Award for the St. Louis area. The 2013/2014 award marks the 18th consecutive year our hospital has been recognized as the most preferred hospital in St. Louis for quality and image by the National Research Corporation.

Higher Learning Commission

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Men in Nursing Award

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College was honored as the "2013 Best School of Nursing for Men” by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

Goldfarb received this honor by providing successful nursing education to men while creating a welcoming and supportive academic environment. Goldfarb is the first Missouri nursing school to receive this award.

American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center- GOLD Level Recognition Award

Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the Gold Mission Lifeline Award for its STEMI (a type of heart attack) work. The award reflects the ongoing collaborative efforts of our dedicated caregiver team.

American Heart Association ‘Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke’

Barnes-Jewish Hospital was honored by the American Heart Association with a “Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke” Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.

Comprehensive Stroke Center

Barnes-Jewish Hospital received certification as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Missouri—one of the first in the nation—by strengthening partnerships with hospitals throughout the region to provide the most advanced stroke care.

Lung Transplant program celebrates 25 years

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The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center’s lung transplant program celebrated 25 years of transplants on the anniversary of its first successful adult lung transplant in July 1988. The program is one of the world’s largest and has been a national leader and innovator in lung transplantation from the start, and continues to be among the elite programs in the country.

Kidney transplant program celebrates 50 years of success

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center’s kidney transplant program celebrated 50 years of changing lives last September with the 50th anniversary of its first successful kidney transplant. Our surgeons have performed more than 4,050 kidney transplants since then, including more than 80 kidney-pancreas transplants.

The Joint Commission

Accredited programs:

  • Hospital
  • Nursing Care Center
  • Behavioral Health Care

Advanced certification:

  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Ventricular Assist Device


  • Epilepsy
  • Joint Replacement - Hip
  • Joint Replacement - Knee

Heart & Vascular Center specialists first in Missouri to implant S-ICD

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Heart specialists of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center were the first in Missouri to implant a patient with a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) during a successful procedure on Nov. 29.

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S-ICDs are less invasive procedures that don’t place wires inside the heart or blood vessels, unlike traditional ICDs used to help treat arrhythmias such as tachycardia.

First patient treated with Siteman Cancer Center’s revolutionary proton therapy system

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A 33-year-old man from Leasburg, Missouri, was the first patient to receive a groundbreaking form of highly accurate radiation treatment from the first proton system of its kind in the world. The treatment was administered in December 2013 at the S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at Siteman Cancer Center, which is home to the only proton therapy center in Missouri and the surrounding region.


Pulmonary 8
Nephrology 12
Ophthalmology 12
Neurology & Neurosurgery 13
Ear, Nose & Throat 14
Psychiatry 14
Rheumatology 15
Gynecology 15
Urology 15
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 17
Diabetes & Endocrinology 19
Orthopedics 19
Cancer 21
Gastroenterology 19
Geriatrics 24

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