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Barnes Jewish Hospital

Award-Winning Hospital Continues to Make History

The Barnes Jewish Hospital is an award-winning hospital in the heart of St. Louis with 13 specialties like digestive disorders, kidney disease and respiratory issues. It is ranked among the finest nationally and has been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” for 23 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report.  Its nurses have also been recognized for outstanding work in the field by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a “Magnet Hospital”.  In 2014 it had a staff of 1,534 Physicians, 829 Residents / Fellows and over 9,000 employees.  Staying at hotels near Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis puts you close for appointments and patient visiting.

Flash back to 1892, when Robert Barnes, a local businessman, left a bequest of $850,000 to construct “a modern general hospital for sick and injured persons…” after the experiencing the death of two children in infancy.  The hospital trustees entered an arrangement to collaborate with Washington University of Medicine to provide state-of-the-art medical care, research and instruction for future generations. With 250 patient beds and 26 sick patrons, the hospital finally opened for business on December 7, 1914, near Forest Park.  In 1933, the hospital discovered a virus carried by the mosquito and helped to end the encephalitis epidemic in St. Louis.  In 1996, with medical innovations continuing at a rapid rate, Barnes and Jewish hospitals merged and became Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

History and Innovation Continue into the New Millennium

Some of the spectacular ways the hospital has influenced modern medicine lately is when Dr. Randal Paniello was able to use skin from a 25-year-old woman’s arm and construct a new larynx, thus restoring her voice to the world.  The hospital also rises to the top by offering Dorsal Rhizotomy Surgery, which helps patients with cerebral palsy to walk; it is one of the few global facilities that offer this procedure.  The National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital continues to make great strides in the fight against all types of cancer, helping restore life and health to victims and their families.

A Trouble-free Visit is all in the Details

Are you planning to see someone registered at Barnes Jewish Hospital or have a procedure done?  The general visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but may be different depending on the Special Care Unit you utilize, so call the hospital to confirm before arriving.  If you will be staying for several days to see to the care of a friend or family member there are many comfortable hotels near Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis that are sure to meet your needs.  Can’t get there right away? Send flowers from the on-site Plaza Gift and Flower Shop or stop by the Gift Gallery to purchase a magazine or some candy.

There are three parking areas at the hospital, so make sure you verify with the information desk which one is closest to your appointment or loved one’s room.  Check out the discounted parking pass cards for use at anyone of the garages to save money when staying overnight or for a prolonged period of time.  They are sold at various outlets around the hospital including the valet desks and cafeterias. Hotels near Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis can help you with transportation to and from the hospital too.