10 Things to Know About Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Few academic medical centers in the Midwest, or the country, compare to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, as it consistently sets the bar in hospital quality of care and overall performance.

Here are 10 things to know about Barnes-Jewish Hospital, according to its website.

1. Richard Liekweg is the president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has a plethora of other executive leadership experience at academic medical centers, as he previously served as CEO of University of California San Diego Medical Center and as assistant COO of Duke University Health System in Durham, N.C.

2. Mark Krieger serves as CFO of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before joining Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2004, Mr. Krieger was CFO of Sara Lee Bakery Group in St. Louis, one of the largest players in the U.S. bakery market.

3. There are 1,158 licensed beds at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and further expansion plans are in the works.

4. Barnes-Jewish Hospital employs more than 9,700. There are 1,763 attending physicians and more than 800 residents and fellows.

5. According to the American Hospital Directory, Barnes-Jewish Hospital recorded more than $3.57 billion in total revenue in 2011. Net income totaled $234.4 million for a profit margin of 6.6 percent.

6. In 2011, Barnes-Jewish Hospital admitted more than 54,000 inpatients, performed more than 18,000 inpatient surgeries, conducted more than 20,000 outpatient surgeries and recorded almost 86,000 emergency department visits.

7. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its affiliated Washington University School of Medicine as an "Honor Roll" hospital for 19 straight years. The hospital consistently ranked among the best in several specialties, including orthopedics, pulmonology and neurosurgery.

8. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was created in 1996 when Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis merged. Both hospitals have been around for more than 100 years.

9. In 1933, Evarts Graham, MD, of Barnes-Jewish performed the first successful lung removal surgery in the world. Seventeen years later, he published a study that found most lung cancer victims have been smokers.

10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also home to numerous other medical firsts and milestones. It is one of the largest transplant centers in the world, and it is also renowned for the work of John McDonald, MD, a Barnes-Jewish physician who helped actor Christopher Reeve regain some function and feeling after he was paralyzed.

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