On Nov. 5, BJC HealthCare will open a new facility in West St. Louis County aimed at providing the ultimate in patient care and comfort. The new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital will offer an optimal healing environment that’s innovative, efficient and designed to enhance excellent patient care.
The new hospital replaces the existing 50-year-old facility. Designed as the “hospital of the future” with maximum flexibility, efficiency and technological advancements, it will allow clinicians to spend more time caring for patients.
“Every detail of the new Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is designed to improve outcomes, as well as the experience for our patients, families, and the team providing their care,” says Bob Cannon, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. “The combination of advanced technology, adaptable clinical spaces and a welcoming campus will create the ideal environment for care and healing.”
Located behind the existing hospital, the new 260,000-square-foot facility has 64 private rooms designed for the comfort of patients and with accommodations for family members. There are 14 operating rooms, including one robotic operating room, with the most modern and innovative technology, four intensive care unit rooms, a beautiful welcoming lobby, waiting areas, café and concierge services.
“We are excited to welcome our patients to a place that has been created for their healing, comfort and well-being,” says Yoany Finetti, MSN, RN, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. “Our new hospital brings together the science of care with the compassion of caregiving.”
The existing hospital will be razed and replaced by green space and additional parking. The campus will retain its park-like setting that will include new groves of trees and extensive landscaping. In 2020, a new health and wellness trail will be added to the campus for staff, patients and the community to enjoy.
“Barnes-Jewish West County has truly been the hospital of choice in this community, and across the St. Louis region, because of the caring people who make this hospital what it is,” says Greg Branham, MD, chief medical officer at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Washington University, BJC Medical Group and private practice physicians will continue to provide care to patients.
Care at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital focuses on inpatient and outpatient surgical and medical procedures that require shorter lengths of stay. This includes joint replacements; ear, nose and throat procedures; abdominal and GI procedures; minimally invasive surgeries; and plastic and reconstructive surgeries.