BJC Healthcare Records, 1982-2018.


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BJC Healthcare Records, 1982-2018.


  • 1982-2018 (Creation)


40.05 cubic feet (87 boxes)

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Administrative history

BJC HealthCare was borne of a need to establish an integrated, academically based, yet geographically diverse health care system. Barnes and Jewish Hospitals affiliated in March 1993 to establish BJI (Barnes-Jewish, Inc). One month later, Christian Health Services (CHS) affiliated and merged with BJI to form BJC Health System; Fred Brown became CEO of this new health care system. The next year, in 1994, St. Louis Children's Hospital joined BJC. Barnes and Jewish Hospitals officially merged in 1996 to become Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the largest hospital in Missouri. In 2000, BJC Health System changed its name to BJC HealthCare.

Prior to the merger, CHS was comprised of three area hospitals: Christian Northeast, Christian Northwest, and Alton Memorial Hospitals. Both Barnes and Jewish Hospitals were well-respected institutions that held established partnerships with the Washington University School of Medicine; this partnership has persisted since the formation of Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In 2012, BJC HealthCare was comprised of 13 hospitals and offered over 80 outpatient-oriented services. BJC Home Care Services is the oldest home care west of the Mississippi; it has received the Overall Top Performer Award in home care from Professional Research Consultants. BJC's hospitals, particularly Barnes-Jewish, are consistently ranked as among the city's, state's, and nation's top hospitals by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Report, and Thomson Reuters. BJC's flagship hospitals are Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Scope and content

This collection includes items relating to BJC Health System (later BJC HealthCare), with a particular focus on the hospitals of the Washington University Medical Campus and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Though the collection is mainly composed of items dating from just before and following the creation of Barnes-Jewish, Inc. in March of 1993, there are also some items included for organizational purposes from Barnes Hospital and Jewish Hospital prior to their affiliation and eventual merger in 1996. Of particular note are the biographical files (series 2) of prominent Barnes Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and BJC HealthCare employees, affiliates, and volunteers. Also significant are the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Board of Directors materials (series 4), which include those from the first year of Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s existence following the 1996 merger, and materials relating to the merger and post-merger integration (series 10). The collection also includes publications, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, artifacts, audio-visual materials, and staff lists, as well as files related to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Washington University.

System of arrangement

This collection came to the archives in multiple accessions. Originally, items from Barnes Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and BJC HealthCare were boxed together. Items belonging to Barnes and Jewish Hospitals have since been largely separated from the BJC collection, with the remaining materials focusing on the years just prior to and following the creation of Barnes-Jewish, Inc. in 1993. However, some earlier records related to Barnes and Jewish Hospitals remain with this collection for organizational purposes.

Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Related archival materials

See also BJC publications including the Barnes Hospital Bulletin (December 1965-August 1990),  the Barnes Hospital Record (October 1947- November 1965), and 216: The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis (June 1952-October-November 1987) have been digitized and are available at the following link:

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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