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Barnes-Jewish Hospital was built on a strong tradition and vision. It is the offspring of its parent hospitals, Barnes Hospital and the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. In 1992, the two hospitals affiliated, agreeing to share equipment, pool resources and integrate services. In 1993, they joined Christian Health Services to form BJC HealthCare, the first healthcare system in the nation to combine academic and community hospitals to serve urban, suburban and rural populations.

On January 31,1996, Barnes and Jewish Hospitals officially merged, combining medical staffs, streamlining operations, and forming a single board and management team. Today, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the premier academic medical center in the region, serving as the primary teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine. It is the largest hospital in Missouri, and is consistently ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.


The Administrative Fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is named after Mr. David A. Gee, who served as president of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis for more than 25 years. Mr. Gee began his career at Jewish Hospital in 1950 as an administrative resident. Until his retirement in 1991, he employed a leadership approach that was highly visible, encouraged open communication and always focused on patient-centered care. In addition, Mr. Gee did much to advance the profession by teaching for 25 years in the Health Administration Program at Washington University in St. Louis and serving as a mentor to a number of future administrators across the country.

The fellowship provides an opportunity to experience the complexity inherent in academic medicine. In addition to the hospital’s partnership with Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital member of BJC HealthCare. The hospital’s relationship with BJC is quite unique in academic medicine and adds further administrative challenges. By participating in the development and deployment of strategy and tactics to navigate the consequent difficulties, a fellow is equipped to succeed in any environment.

Learn more about the David A. Gee Administrative Fellowship.

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