Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital
BJC HealthCare
Barnes-Jewish Hospital St Louis.jpg
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Affiliated universityWashington University School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is the adult teaching hospital for the top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine, and is located in St. Louis. It is consistently rated one of the top hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012-13, it was ranked sixth-best medical center overall.[1] In the 2018-2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Ranking, Barnes-Jewish was ranked number 11 in the nation.[2]


Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare and is located on the campus of the Washington University Medical Center. Barnes-Jewish is the largest private employer in Greater St. Louis, employing 9,703 people, including 1,763 attending physicians, in 2011. It is responsible for the education of 801 interns, residents, and fellows. Barnes-Jewish has 1,167 beds and, in 2011, had 54,282 inpatient admissions and 85,994 emergency department visits. The same year, 20,743 outpatient surgeries and 18,437 inpatient surgeries were performed at the hospital.[3]


Barnes-Jewish was formed by the merger of two hospitals, Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Each hospital built in the early 1900s in proximity to each other on the eastern edge of Forest Park. Although the hospitals were initially linked by an affiliation agreement in 1993, the two were legally merged in 1996.

Barnes Hospital was founded at the bequest of wholesale grocer and banker, Robert Barnes, who died in 1892. In coordination between Barnes executors and St. Louis philanthropist Robert Brookings, the hospital was intended as an affiliate for the Washington University school of medicine. Barnes hospital opened on December 7, 1914 at its current location on Kingshighway Boulevard. The hospital was designed by architect, Theodore Link, and initially had a 373-bed capacity. It was at this time that the St. Louis Children's Hospital, and in 1915 the reorganized school of medicine, were relocated adjacent to Barnes Hospital.[4]

Jewish Hospital was founded in 1902 by leaders of the St. Louis Jewish community in order to care for "the sick and disabled of, 'any creed or nationality.'" The hospital was originally located on 5414 Delmar Boulevard. Due to the increasing number of patients and need for expansion, the hospital was relocated two blocks north of the Barnes hospital/Washington University Medical school complex in 1926.[5]

Rankings and achievements[edit]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has earned a place on U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's best hospitals for the past 18 years. Barnes-Jewish is home to 15 specialties ranked among the best nationally including cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose and throat; eyes; gynecology; heart and lung surgery; hormonal disorders; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; psychiatry; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; geriatrics; and urology.[6] The old Barnes Hospital was one of the first to treat diabetic patients with insulin and the first to install an electronic data processing system in a hospital.[7] In 2016 Barnes-Jewish Hospital received a two star rating from medicare hospital quality rankings.[8][9]

Becker's Hospital Review recognized Barnes-Jewish Hospital as one of:

  • "100 Great Hospitals" in March 2012, 2014.[10][11]
  • "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs," along with the affiliated Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, in February 2013.[12]
  • "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs" in January 2013.[13]
  • "100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs" in March 2013.[14]
  • "100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs" in August 2012.[15]
  • "101 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs" in July 2012.[16]
  • "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" in April 2012.[17]


  1. ^ "U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13: the Honor Roll". U.S.News & World Report. July 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. ^ "2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview". U.S. News & World Report.
  3. ^ "2015 Report to the Community". Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Candace (2017). Renaissance, A History of the Central West End. Reedy Press. pp. 75–86. ISBN 978-1-68106-124-5.
  5. ^ "The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis Records, 1878-2006 | Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Page, Leigh (February 23, 2011). "50 Best Hospitals in America". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "Hospital General Information". Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Rau, Jordan (July 27, 2016). "Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings". NPR.
  10. ^ Gamble, Molly; Herman, Bob (March 28, 2012). "100 Great Hospitals". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Barnes-Jewish Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America: 2014". Becker's Hospital Review. March 19, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  12. ^ Gamble, Molly; Vaidya, Anuja (February 22, 2013). "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  13. ^ Rizzo, Ellie (December 13, 2013). "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs — 2013". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  14. ^ Herman, Bob; McLaughlin, Jim (March 11, 2013). "100 Hospitals With Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  15. ^ Herman, Bob (August 27, 2012). "100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  16. ^ Spoerl, Bob (July 26, 2012). "101 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  17. ^ Fields, Rachel; Rodak, Sabrina; Roney, Kathleen & Tawoda, Taryn (April 6, 2012). "100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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Coordinates: 38°38′09″N 90°15′51″W / 38.6359°N 90.2643°W / 38.6359; -90.2643