President’s Report – July, 2015
Measuring success

National, State and Regional Recognitions

In July, U.S.News & World Report released its annual rankings of elite adult hospitals across the country. Along, with our physician partners at the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital earned a spot on the honor roll of hospitals for the 23rd consecutive year. Honor Roll designation was given to only 15 of the 5,000 hospitals evaluated by U.S News this year. Barnes-Jewish ranked nationally in 14 of 16 specialties.

Three of the top five hospitals recognized in the state of Missouri by U.S. News are BJC hospitals. Barnes-Jewish ranked as No. 1, Boone Hospital Center ranked as No. 3, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center tied as No. 5. The top two hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area are BJH and MBMC and  Boone Hospital is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Central Missouri. Also, of note 4 of the 5 top hospitals in the state of Missouri recognized by US News are members of the BJC Collaborative. In addition to the three BJC hospitals, Collaborative members Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City was ranked No. 2 in the state and Cox Health Hospital in Springfield tied for No. 5. We are proud to again congratulate the nurses, physicians, clinicians and staff members whose hard work and dedication have garnered these recognitions.

Importance of Teamwork and Contingency Planning

In late July, BJC experienced a technology outage for approximately 20 hours across the organization. Teams of employees immediately convened across BJC, our hospitals and service organizations and activated contingency plans to ensure the continued delivery of patient and client care during the outage.  Command Centers were set up across the system to facilitate the sharing of resources and information.  While this outage was determined to be the result of unintended and inadvertent actions within IS, we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our overall technology infrastructure to prevent such an outage from recurring in the future. However, the teamwork and execution of contingency plans across BJC made a significant difference in our ability to maintain operations during the outage and accelerate the return to normalcy following recovery of access to our computer systems.

Epic Implementation Kicks Off

Earlier this year, BJC and the Washington University School of Medicine selected Epic as the single electronic medical record (EMR) solution for each of our hospitals, BJC Medical Group and the WU Physicians. Having a single EMR across the many sites where our patients receive care will better facilitate access to and exchange of information used in the care of patients among clinicians. Employees are being dedicated to the newly named Health Information Partners, a joint BJC and WUSM organization housed at Meridien and the BJC Learning Institute that will oversee the multi-year implementation of Epic. We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of this project.


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Scott Pelletier

12/1/2016 4:33 AM

I left BJC almost 15 years ago, I am sorry I ever left. When I decided to return to bedside nursing I knew that I didn't want to work any place else other than BJH. I take great pride in my delivery of nursing care and I am very proud to work for such a distinguished hospital system.


Nurse QTower

6/18/2017 6:55 PM

What does it say when BJH is the last hospital in the area to implement EPIC?

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