5 safety-net hospitals, health systems to know, part 3

As the American healthcare landscape continues its tectonic shift, safety-net hospitals remain essential, providing vital healthcare services for millions of medically vulnerable Americans. Safety-net hospitals provide care to a vast swath of Medicaid beneficiaries, patients who require special services and the uninsured.

This list is an ongoing project at Becker's, as there are many safety-net hospitals deserving of recognition.

Here are five more safety-net hospitals in major U.S. cities to know, listed in alphabetical order. To see parts one and two of this list, click here and here.

Christian Hospital (St. Louis). Christian Hospital's community roots stretch back to 1903 when the hospital first opened its doors. The hospital has grown into a 485-bed acute care facility, staffed by more than 600 physicians who provide vital healthcare services to their St. Louis community. In addition to general healthcare services, the hospital provides community outreach programs that include hundreds of wellness courses, health screenings and educational opportunities that enroll thousands. Christian Hospital is led by President Ron McMullen. Mr. McMullen is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of the Missouri Hospital Association. The hospital is a founding member of St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare.

Denver Health Medical Center. Denver Health was established in 1860 and has since grown into one of Colorado's busiest hospitals. DHMC is a 525-licensed bed acute care hospital that incurs more than 25,000 annual admissions. Among leading academic hospitals, DHMC has been ranked in the top 10 percent for inpatient survival for seven years in a row. U.S. News and World Report ranked DHMC as one of the top 10 best hospitals in Colorado in its 2015-16 rankings. Effective July 1, Bill Burman, MD, will become the interim CEO for Denver Health. He is a graduate of the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and has served the Denver Health system as an infectious disease physician since 1995.

Hennepin County Medical Center (Minneapolis). HCMC houses Minnesota's premier Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers. The hospital places serious emphasis on creating diverse, inclusive and culturally competent environments for both employees and patients. For four consecutive years, HCMC has been recognized as a leader in LGBT healthcare equality in the Healthcare Equality Index. The hospital has been led by CEO Jon L. Pryor, MD, since 2013. In addition to being a urological surgeon by training, Dr. Pryor holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Highland Hospital (Oakland, Calif.). This 236-bed hospital opened its doors in 1927 and is now the flagship hospital of Oakland-based Alameda Health System. The campus offers community residents healthcare services in a number of centers of excellence including maternity services, trauma, orthopedics and senior care. This spring, the hospital opened a $440 million acute care tower that offers patients state-of-the art private rooms and peaceful family visiting areas. Highland Hospital is led by Alameda CEO Delvecchio Finely. He is the past-president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders and, in 2013 Gov. Jerry Brown named Mr. Finely to the board of the California Health Profession's Education Foundation.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center (Chicago). Mercy Hospital has been serving Chicago since the 1850s and is the city's first teaching hospital. Mercy took in more burn victims than any other hospital in the city after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Along with essential healthcare services, Mercy offers Chicagoans sophisticated minimally invasive surgical options including robotic assisted, 3-D and scarless surgery. Mercy has been led by CEO Carol L. Garikes Schneider since 2013. Ms. Schneider carries more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and is also a professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., where she teaches courses in healthcare leadership, management, quality and business ethics.

Do you know a safety-net system that should be profiled on our next safety-net hospitals and health systems list? Email Brian Zimmerman at bzimmerman@beckershealthcare.com and it could be included in a new installation of this list.

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