Monday, January 07, 2019
BJC | Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and was able to spend time with loved ones. This was an extra special holiday season at my house, as our daughter, Caroline, was home for winter break after her first semester away at college. It was so nice having her home and enjoying some of our favorite St. Louis traditions.
The start of a new year often brings reflection, and as I reflected on 2018 — for me, it was a year of new beginnings. In addition to sending our only child off to college, I also began my new role as president and CEO of BJC. And what a fantastic year it was, as we celebrated our 25th BJC anniversary and accomplished so much together that positioned us for success, well into the next 25 years and beyond.
We often move so quickly that we don’t always pause to celebrate the great work that took place the year before. So, before we let 2018 become a distant memory, I want to be sure we pause and celebrate each other. In my year-end column, I did a little of that by highlighting a few of the major projects that took place across BJC. In this first column of 2019, I thought it would be fun to look back at what we accomplished together through a different lens … the lens of lives we impacted.
Throughout 2018, we cared for 151,000 moms, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters, children, cousins, spouses, significant others, friends and neighbors, also often referred to collectively as patients, who were admitted to our hospitals; served 535,000 patients who needed our emergency services; performed 125,000 surgeries; ran 6.4 million lab tests; performed 900 transplants; and helped create the future generations by bringing 13,000 babies into this world!
We welcomed about 5,600 new team members to BJC HealthCare in 2018, and another 3,570 BJC team members began a new role within the organization.
Four hundred sixty-three nurses graduated from Goldfarb School of Nursing in 2018. The second cohort of 14 BJC Scholars joined the class of 2017 BJC Scholars as they began pursuing their dream of a college education. And more than 600 BJC team members participated in a degree program last year through our BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) — with 250 of those team members graduating in 2018.
And through our personal commitment to our communities, we delivered 25,000 books to rising third graders as part of our annual BJC Book Brigade program (watch for information about the 2019 BJC Book Brigade to be shared soon) and raised $1.41 million for our 2018 United Way and Jewish Federation campaign.
It is truly amazing the impact each and every team member has on improving the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. Whether it’s providing care to our patients, developing skills through continued education or sharing a gift from our heart to those in need, all 31,000 of us working together made 2018 an incredible year.
I can’t wait to see all that we accomplish together in 2019. OK, now I can officially say it, Happy New Year!
Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO
Email me at RichL@bjc.org and follow me on Twitter @bjc_president.
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