President Richard Liekweg: Leading Strong Teamwork at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Richard Liekweg became president of St. Louis-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital as well as group president of BJC HealthCare in September 2009. Barnes-Jewish has been named one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 19 years straight. It is one of the only hospitals in the St. Louis area to be recognized.

Richard Liekweg Leads Strong Teamwork at Barnes-Jewish Hospital"Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a national leader in medicine and our mission is [to] take exceptional care of people. To do that, we are working diligently to be the safest hospital, provide the best care, deliver an unsurpassed patient experience and engage and develop a high quality and diverse workforce. In addition, we want to innovate by promoting discovery that advances world-class healthcare and create resources to support our mission and pursue our vision," says Mr. Liekweg.

As president, Mr. Liekweg has been integral to establishing strong relationships with physicians and staff. His dedication to and understanding of the Barnes-Jewish mission have helped him lead the health system to national recognition. However, Mr. Liekweg gives all the credit to the Barnes-Jewish team.

"I enjoy working with people who are leaders in everything they do at all levels of our organization. I am continually impressed when I receive letters from grateful patients who write me not just about the highly skilled care they receive, but the compassion and respect which they are shown by our team members. It is a privilege to work alongside such a dedicated team," says Mr. Liekweg.

Previously, Mr. Liekweg served as CEO and associate vice chancellor of University of California San Diego Medical Center. In this position, he was responsible for overall management of the university's 549-bed academic medical center, including two adult hospitals, child and adolescent psychiatric services, a regional burn center, a comprehensive solid organ transplant programs, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, the Shiley Eye Center and a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Prior to serving as CEO of UCSD, Mr. Liekweg served more than 15 years at Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C. In 1999, Duke acquired Durham (N.C.) Regional Hospital. Mr. Liekweg was named COO and became responsible for the integration of Durham Regional into the University Health System. Following the successful integration, Mr. Liekweg was appointed CEO of Durham Regional Hospital.

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