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What happened in 2018?
Stories, events and milestones that made 2018 special

Author: ROBERT S./Monday, January 07, 2019

BJC | At the end of BJC’s 25th anniversary year, reporters from across the organization tell us what other stories, events and milestones made 2018 special.

Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton Memorial begins work on Bethalto office building

Alton Memorial Hospital began expanding its presence in Madison County, Illinois, with the start of construction on a new medical office building in Bethalto. The building will replace the Family Physicians of Bethalto office and will be located on the south side of Route 140, just east of its current location. At nearly 9,000 square feet, the new structure will be four times the size of the current office. It will be able to accommodate five providers; the current space has room for only two.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Parkview Tower opens

Grand opening events on Jan. 15 marked the official opening of the long-awaited Parkview Tower. The 12-story inpatient tower consolidated and modernized labor and delivery facilities and included a bridge directly into the neonatal intensive care unit in the adjacent St. Louis Children’s Hospital Expansion tower. The Parkview Tower also expanded inpatient care for Siteman Cancer Center patients with complex cases. On Feb. 3, 121 patients were moved into the new tower, beginning patient care operations in the new facility.

“The full scope of teamwork involved in making those moves happen was truly impressive,” says BJH president Bob Cannon. “Team members from all areas of our hospital joined together and seamlessly orchestrated the move. We have enjoyed seeing our patients and families benefit from the new space.”

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Steel “topping out” marks milestone for Barnes-Jewish West County replacement hospital

Work on the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital 260,000-square-foot replacement hospital and the adjoining 100,000-square-foot medical office building reached a major project milestone March 1 with the structural steel “topping out.”

That afternoon, cranes hoisted a steel beam, topped with an American flag and evergreen tree and bearing the signatures of employees, physicians and construction workers, to the top of the building. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2019.

BJC Shared Services
BJC supply chain zooms past its annual savings goal

In October, the BJC SupplyPlus team surpassed its $57 million savings goal for 2018, the product of a year’s work by SupplyPlus, in partnership with the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence, BJC hospitals, service organizations and physicians.

The BJC annual savings target supports BJC’s mission by providing financial resources to continue investments in people, technology, facilities, capital and clinical programs. Achieving this accomplishment requires a rigorous and structured process that engages all levels of the organization.

“Since my arrival in April, I have been thoroughly impressed with the professionalism, drive and accomplishments of the team. Achieving our goal so early in the year is a real tribute to them,” says Tom Harvieux, vice president and chief supply chain officer.

Boone Hospital Center
Boone saves the holiday for mid-Missouri kids

The cardiac care unit staff at Boone Hospital Center just may have saved Christmas — for mid-Missouri children, at least.

David Cott, with his halo of snowy hair and full, white beard, has served as Santa Claus’s representative in the Marshall, Missouri, area for years. Early this December, he experienced heart issues that landed him in BHC during his busiest time of the year. Thanks to expert treatment and care at the hospital rated No. 6 in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report, Cott was back on his feet, helping Santa, within a week.

Christian Hospital
Christian Hospital honored with 2018 Arcus Award for Achievement in Health

Christian Hospital earned the prestigious St. Louis Regional Chamber 2018 Arcus Award for Achievement in Health, March 1, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand with 800 people in attendance. 

“This award belongs to the North County community and the dedicated employees and physicians of Christian Hospital,” said CH president Rick Stevens, accepting the award. “Together they have made this achievement possible, and we are truly humbled and honored that our accomplishments are being recognized.” CH also placed in the top five for the People’s Choice Award.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
Goldfarb students go on “life-changing” medical mission to Peru

In April, a group of faculty, students and alumni from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College joined Nurses2Peru on a medical mission to Peru. They took suitcases filled with medical supplies — thanks to support from Kindness In A Box — and set off with a purpose: offering healthier lives to Peruvian people living along the Incan trail. During the trip, students were able to help communities in need of health care, provide care for patients of all ages and enhance their nursing skills.

“This trip was life changing,” says Goldfarb student Natalie Kuldell. “I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to help the people of Peru and to work alongside some of the most amazing nurses I’ve ever met. Our group worked hard, but we had fun. I hope to return to Peru to see improvements in people’s lives and communities.”

Memorial Hospital Belleville/
Memorial Hospital East
A momentous year for Memorial sees Magnet recertification, Siteman announcement and a diamond anniversary

While BJC was celebrating 25 years of existence, Memorial Hospital celebrated its 60th year of serving Belleville, Illinois, and the surrounding communities.

In 2018, as it has in the past, Memorial received numerous quality awards from HealthGrades, U.S. News & World Report, and Professional Research Consultants, illustrating the dedication, skill and compassion of Memorial staff. In April, Memorial was redesignated as a Magnet® organization, recognizing the excellence of the nursing staff at Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital East and Memorial Care Center. 

Finally, Siteman Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region, received all necessary approvals to construct a new facility at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Illinois, slated to open in early 2020.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Missouri Baptist donates 6,400 packs of diapers to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

As the culmination of a yearlong project, Missouri Baptist Medical Center donated 6,400 packs of diapers to the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank.

For the project, which addressed the need for an adequate diaper supply in many low-income area families, MBMC committed to donating one diaper pack to the diaper bank for every MBMC Childbirth Center tour taken between Labor Day 2017 and Labor Day 2018. Tour guests left a tally mark on a banner at the center, for a total of 1,600 packs. An anonymous match increased that total to 3,200. When MBMC placed the order with Huggies Diapers, the company also matched, allowing MBMC to donate 6,400 packs of diapers.

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Founding board member memorialized with conference room naming

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital memorialized the late Joseph H. Owens, former MBSH board chairman and longtime hospital supporter, by naming the hospital’s conference rooms in his honor.

Owens, a founding MBSH board member, was honored with a naming ceremony led by MSBH president Tony Schwarm and MBSH board member Jane Mastin, Owens’ daughter, at the Nov. 30 board meeting.


Parkland Health Center
Parkland celebrates five years of a lifesaving partnership with St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Community members joined Parkland Health Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital personnel in May to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the partnership between PHC and the SLCH Critical Care Transport Team. The SLCH transport team has been housed on PHC’s Farmington campus since the partnership was launched May 6, 2013. During its first five years, the transport team at PHC responded to more than 2,500 emergency calls.  

“Having the SLCH team on site in our rural community significantly expands the reach of BJC’s world class medicine,” says Christie Westrich, vice president of operations at PHC. “This successful partnership absolutely showcases the collaboration between BJC hospitals.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Something new at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis Children’s Hospital celebrated beginnings in 2018. Mark Shen, MD, MBA, succeeded Joan Magruder as SLCH president Nov. 12. Magruder assumed additional responsibilities as BJC group president.

Parents celebrated convenient care in their neighborhoods with the St. Louis Children’s After Hours™ center’s first year of operation at 12436 Tesson Ferry Road in South County.

On Jan. 27, about 50 infants in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) moved from the hospital’s longtime NICU space into the expanded NICU in the newly opened 12-story SLCH expansion. The setup connects — via skywalk — the older and newer NICU spaces to a labor and delivery floor in the neighboring Barnes-Jewish Parkview Tower.

The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Rehab Institute helps patients achieve their goals at two locations

As 2018 came to a close, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis reflected on the many patients who achieved their goals through intensive therapy and returned to their communities.

Timothy Hill suffered a stroke and arrived at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital using a golf club as a cane, limping into the emergency department. Several days later, he came to The Rehabilitation Institute St. Peters, and was able to complete a successful inpatient rehab stay and return home with his wife to Georgia.

Hank Zabielski has completed two successful inpatient stays at different times at TRISL Central West End. This year he came back to encourage others via the annual Amputee Speaker Series.


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