Following a national search, Sam Darweesh, MBA, was named chief operating officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and vice president of the Women & Infants Center, a partnership between Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Physicians.
“I’m excited to be in an environment so patient-centered and that has a strong focus on academics, research and community,” said Darweesh. “St. Louis and the Midwest are truly lucky to have an institution like this. After many years of being involved in women and infants programs, coming to the Women & Infants Center is a really wonderful opportunity and I look forward to playing a part in this great institution and propelling it to the next level.”
Darweesh previously worked at Medical Imaging Solutions, a nationwide health care management company, as its vice president of operations. Darweesh holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.
“Sam has led large-scale operational transformations at nationally recognized health care organizations,” says Mark Shen, MD, St. Louis Children’s Hospital president. “He’s a mission-driven, emotionally intelligent servant leader with a collaborative and cooperative leadership style vital to our culture and future success.”
Darweesh’s first day on the medical campus was Dec. 10 and included meeting with various referring physician groups, discussing opportunities with labor & delivery and touring the fetal surgery site.
In February 2018, the Parkview Tower, a new 12-story inpatient building constructed by BJC HealthCare on the Washington University Medical Campus, opened. The Parkview Tower is an expansion of Barnes-Jewish Hospital that consolidates and modernizes labor and delivery facilities in the Women & Infants Center. Additionally, 40 new, private neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds at St. Louis Children’s Hospital were added as part of a hospital-wide expansion. The NICU, ranked No. 9 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, is connected to the labor and delivery area in Parkview Tower via a new pedestrian bridge and the facilities offer patients and their families responsive, efficient care of the highest quality as well as private rooms – many with views of Forest Park – and rooftop gardens. Washington University physicians provide care to patients at St. Louis Children’s and Barnes-Jewish Hospitals.
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ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
For more than 130 years, St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided exceptional care for children in all 50 states and 80 countries around the world. With its academic partner, Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. A member of BJC HealthCare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital follows one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care. In 2018, Children's expanded with a state-of-the-art, 12-story medical tower. Children’s relies on generous donors to deliver specialized care for families in need, extend health care services to the community, and pursue research that promises to transform pediatric medicine. To find out more, visit StLouisChildrens.org, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 1,386-bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. The hospital has a 1,630-member medical staff, and has been listed on the elite honor roll of best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years. Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 15 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois.
BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice. BJC’s nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.