Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, United States
Affiliated universityWashington University School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
HelipadFAA LID: MO91
ListsHospitals in Missouri

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in the U.S. state of Missouri. Located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, it is the adult teaching hospital for the Washington University School of Medicine and a major component of the Washington University Medical Center. In 2022, Barnes-Jewish was named one of the top twenty hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking.[1][2]


Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare and is located on the campus of the Washington University Medical Center. Barnes-Jewish is the largest private employer in Greater St. Louis, employing 10,125 people, including 1,723 attending physicians, in 2018. It is responsible for the education of 1,129 interns, residents, and fellows.

As of 2018, the hospital had 1,266 beds with a staff of 12,125.[3]


Barnes-Jewish was formed by the merger of two hospitals, Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Each hospital was built in the early 1900s in proximity to each other on the eastern edge of Forest Park. Although the hospitals were initially linked by an affiliation agreement in 1993, the two were legally merged in 1996.

Barnes Hospital was founded at the bequest of wholesale grocer and banker, Robert Barnes, who died in 1892. In coordination between Barnes executors and St. Louis philanthropist Robert Brookings, the hospital was intended as an affiliate for the Washington University School of Medicine. Barnes hospital opened on December 7, 1914, at its current location on Kingshighway Boulevard. The hospital was designed by architect, Theodore Link, and initially had a 373-bed capacity. It was at this time that the St. Louis Children's Hospital, and in 1915 the reorganized school of medicine, were relocated adjacent to Barnes Hospital.[4]

Jewish Hospital was founded in 1902 by leaders of the St. Louis Jewish community in order to care for "the sick and disabled of, 'any creed or nationality.'" The hospital was originally located on 5414 Delmar Boulevard. Due to the increasing number of patients and need for expansion, the hospital was relocated two blocks north of the Barnes Hospital/Washington University Medical School complex in 1926.[5]


Barnes Jewish Hospital Heliport
Airport typeHelipad
OperatorBarnes-Jewish Hospital
LocationSt Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Elevation AMSL2,096 ft / 513 m
Coordinates38°38′10.5400″N 090°15′57.2900″W / 38.636261111°N 90.265913889°W / 38.636261111; -90.265913889
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 40 Concrete

The heliport is available for emergency air ambulance service.

Rankings and achievements[]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been named on U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's best hospitals several times. Barnes-Jewish is home to multiple specialties ranked among the best nationally including cancer; digestive disorders; ear, nose and throat; and urology.[6] In 2016, Barnes-Jewish Hospital received a two star rating from medicare hospital quality rankings.[7][8]

Becker's Hospital Review recognized Barnes-Jewish Hospital as one of 100 Great Hospitals in March 2012 and 2014,[9][10] 100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs in January 2013,[11] and 100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs, along with the affiliated Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, in February 2013.[12]


  1. ^ "2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview". U.S. News & World Report.
  2. ^ "2022-23 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview". U.S. News & World Report.
  3. ^ "Barnes-Jewish Hospital > About Us > Annual Reports > 2021 Hospital Report". Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  4. ^ O'Connor, Candace (2017). Renaissance, A History of the Central West End. Reedy Press. pp. 75–86. ISBN 978-1-68106-124-5.
  5. ^ "The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis Records, 1878-2006 | Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Hospital General Information". Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Rau, Jordan (July 27, 2016). "Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings". NPR.
  9. ^ Gamble, Molly; Herman, Bob (March 28, 2012). "100 Great Hospitals". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Barnes-Jewish Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America: 2014". Becker's Hospital Review. March 19, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  11. ^ Rizzo, Ellie (December 13, 2013). "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs — 2013". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  12. ^ Gamble, Molly; Vaidya, Anuja (February 22, 2013). "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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Coordinates: 38°38′09″N 90°15′51″W / 38.6359°N 90.2643°W / 38.6359; -90.2643