Barnes-Jewish Hospital is both a nationally recognized hospital and our region's largest charity care provider. Gifts to the Foundation empower the hospital's social service department to provide treatment, medication, medical equipment, transportation, lodging and other assistance to more than 11,500 patients in need each year.
This assistance brought a young girl and her father together after several weeks of separation. The girl was desperately missing her dad since he had been at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for two months after heart transplant surgery. The family lived hundreds of miles away from St. Louis and struggled to make ends meet. Gifts to the Foundation helped the family with gas, lodging and food so they could celebrate the girl's 12th birthday together and reconnect as a family. This is just one happy story out of many where gifts made a significant difference to a family in need.
Gifts to the Foundation also help patients and families find strength and renewal through the Arts + Healthcare program. Program activities include drawing, painting, journaling, live music performances and other creative experiences. As one patient's daughter says: "While I realize the most important things in health care are tests, scans, doctors, medicines, research, etc., art should also be considered in this mix as it does wonders for the person's mind and soul."