Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, the hospital has a 1,800-member medical staff, many of whom are recognized in the well-known referral guide The Best Doctors in America. They are supported by residents, interns and fellows as well as nurses, technicians and many other health care professionals.
Recognizing its excellent nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a "Magnet Hospital" by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Award is the highest honor given for hospital nursing by the ANCC.
Exceptional quality has earned Barnes-Jewish Hospital a place on U.S.News & World Report magazine's Honor Roll of America’s best hospitals for the past 16 years. The hospital is home to 15 specialties ranked among the best nationally, including cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose and throat; ophthalmology; geriatrics; gynecology; heart care and heart surgery; endocrinology; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; psychiatry; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital was created by the 1996 merger of Barnes Hospital and the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Each hospital brought a rich tradition of excellence. Barnes Hospital opened in 1914 and became one of the first medical teaching centers in the United States. Jewish Hospital opened in 1902 to care for St. Louis’ growing immigrant population. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest health care organizations.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s care extends into the community. The hospital's refugee health department supports new immigrants, assisting patients in 33 different languages and dialects. Its AWARE program counsels victims of domestic violence. The hospital also hosts more than 165 community education events annually.