Monday, November 05, 2018
BJC, MBMC | BJC HealthCare was formed 25 years ago — in June 1993. To celebrate the anniversary, BJC TODAY is highlighting each of BJC’s hospitals and service organizations on this page in celebration of 25 years of improving the health of the communities it serves.
Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s story began in 1884 when Dr. William H. Mayfield opened his home to patients. His work attracted patients from all over the region, but neither he nor his wife took a salary. The need for the care they provided expanded so rapidly that, in 1886, they rented the large brick Dausman Mansion and its grounds. In 1887, the hospital was formally chartered as “Missouri Baptist Sanitorium.” A typhoid fever epidemic in 1892 hit St. Louis, leading Missouri Baptist to initiate a horse and carriage ambulance service.
In 1894, the first physicians and surgeons joined the staff, and in 1895 Missouri Baptist Nursing Training School opened. The hospital continued to grow and expand, adding services. In 1929, the name changed to Missouri Baptist Hospital. In 1965, Missouri Baptist relocated to its current location on North Ballas Road and, in 1989, the hospital name changed to Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
In 1993, when BJC formed, MBMC was part of “Missouri Baptist Healthcare System.” According to the 1993 Missouri Baptist Healthcare System annual report: “There were two hospitals, multiple subsidiary companies, more than a dozen primary-care centers, over 50 rural specialty clinics, five rural hospital affiliates and three urban health care affiliates.” MBMC was at the center of this network. At this time, the hospital renovated and added a 15-room surgery, medical and surgical intensive care unit and a dedicated Heart Center. In 1994, MBMC joined BJC HealthCare under the direction of then-president Fred Mills.
Today, MBMC offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services, including heart, cancer, women and infants, breast health, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, stroke, therapy, wound, and pain management services. The hospital has a 24-hour adult emergency department and a separate emergency department in collaboration with St. Louis Children’s Hospital for pediatric patients.
U.S. News & World Report ranked MBMC No. 2 in the St. Louis metro area and No. 3 in Missouri. MBMC is the first and only hospital in St. Louis County to be named a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The prestigious designation is the highest credential a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care.
“Since joining BJC, MoBap continues to grow,” says John Antes, MBMC president. “We’ve added numerous health care services, such as our award-winning Wound Healing Center; we have renovated and expanded our spaces, including adding the west pavilion inpatient tower and a long-term acute-care facility; and Missouri Baptist is continually recognized by outside organizations for delivering excellent patient care. With the resources of BJC HealthCare and the compassion of our skilled health care providers, Missouri Baptist has become a leading community hospital in the area.”
Missouri Baptist Medical Center, 1993, left, and 2018, right.
In recognition of the anniversary, BJC TODAY asked several team members a series of questions. Here’s what they had to say:
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back 25 years?
“If I went back 25 years, I would be in my late 20s. I likely would have continued my education at an earlier age and have lots of debt. However, I wouldn’t change my path because I was in two of the first BJC cohorts. I am debt free and loving the wonderful educational benefits that BJC provides to its employees!”
— Marvella Alexander, performance improvement consultant
What were you doing at BJC 25 years ago and how has your role changed?
“I started at MoBap in 1992. I was a front-line staff nurse in the CVR, a six-bed cardiothoracic surgery ICU. I was between travel nurse assignments and thought I would stay in St. Louis for the next year or so — and here I am 26 years later. I stayed for the culture at MoBap. I became part of something that was bigger than me … the MoBap family! A family that works together putting quality patient care first. Since then, I’ve moved from a front-line CVR nurse to the first assistant nurse manager in the CVR, then nurse manager for CVR and PCU, then program manager for CVR, PCU, ACC and ICU. I was present for our Magnet journey and it was exciting to be a part of accomplishing that goal!”
— Sharla Emery, critical care program manager
How has your role changed since you first started working for BJC?
Working at BJC has given me the opportunity to expand my career and develop professionally in so many ways. Starting as a new nurse at Missouri Baptist was such a fantastic learning opportunity because the size of our hospital is the perfect mix of being small enough to have that sense of community and large enough to see varied patient diagnoses. The leaders I have been able to work with have proven to be transformational, engaged and great mentors. Some of my development as a leader has been through classes and workshops, but so much of it has been through seeing other leaders in action and how they handle difficult situations. As we look toward another 25 years, I am confident in BJC’s ability to attract top talent who are ready to be pioneers of the ever-changing health care landscape.
— Caroline Apter, medical/oncology manager
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11/6/2018 9:45 AM
I was hired on at MBMC in 1978 and am still employed with BJC 40 years later. Being hired on at MBMC was the best thing that could have happened to me. I am part of the Corporate world now and part of Revenue Cycle Management; but will always be a MoBaper at heart. Initially being with the Missouri Baptist culture, family-like atmosphere back then is what helped shape me for my future with BJC.
11/9/2018 9:35 AM
I am second generation Mobaper. My mother graduated from the MBH school of nursing in 1954 and retired in 1994. I started my career there in 1981 and while I have move to the BJC corporate side, I still have fond memories of my 25 years there. Mobap has always been a great family delivering outstanding care for the patients.