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Safety and Quality

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

Safety and Quality

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, Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the Rising Star Award from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) for significant improvements in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness and equity of care. UHC is an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. We were recognized for rising to No. 17 in the country out of 117 academic medical centers.

One measure of success resulted from our work to reduce the chance that patients we discharge will return to us in the short term. Over the past few years, we’ve identified what could be modified to help patients improve their quality of life and stay out of the hospital. The result has been a reduction in our readmission rate within specific diagnoses from 24 percent to the current 15 percent.

Stay Healthy ClinicStay Healthy Clinic

How good health management is keeping some patients from being frequent visitors.

Daily Care MeetingsDaily Care Meetings

Better planning helps achieve patient goals.

Reducing FallsFalls Reduction

See how we're making our hospital safer by reducing patient falls.
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