Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), the primary adult teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, has 1,259 licensed beds and a medical staff of more than 1,800. Since its inception, BJH has been a prominent center of medical and surgical innovation. The hospital has been at the forefront with advances such as the first pneumonectomy for lung cancer (Evarts Graham, MD, 1933). It is a leading lung and heart transplantation center as well as a leader in cardiac mapping and dysrhythmia surgery. The daily census of patients on the cardiothoracic service is between 45 and 50.
BJH is consistently ranked among the top pulmonology and heart programs by U.S. News & World Report in its best hospital editions.
The hospital has a 21-bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit, a thoracic surgery nursing division and a cardiac surgery nursing division.
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, has 250 licensed beds and approximately 3,000 employees. The facility – founded in 1879 – is the oldest children’s hospital west of the Mississippi River. It provides a full range of health services within a 200-mile radius service area, and patients from around the world have received care from the hospital in various specialty areas. The daily census for children on the cardiothoracic surgery service averages approximately 20.
There is one room in the operating suite assigned solely to the cardiothoracic surgery service and one additional room assigned for cardiothoracic procedures every Tuesday and Friday. Patients requiring intensive care following cardiac surgery are taken to a specifically designated region of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This consists of 11 beds out of a 22-bed unit.
The division has an active extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program for neonates and children with cardiac and cardiopulmonary diseases, which cares for 35 patients a year, along with its active lung and heart transplant program.
Christian Hospital is located in north St. Louis County, approximately 10 miles from Washington University Medical Center. Christian Hospital Northeast is a 493-bed general acute care hospital with more than 2,100 employees. In addition to general acute medical care, Christian Hospital Northeast offers a cardiothoracic surgery program, facilities for inpatient rehabilitation and “extended care” skilled nursing.
The operating suite includes a total of 14 operating rooms, two of which are devoted to cardiothoracic surgery. The 26-bed ICU is divided into a six-bed cardiovascular unit (CVU), an eight-bed coronary care unit, a six-bed medical intensive care unit and a six-bed surgical intensive care unit (SICU). Postoperative cardiac surgical patients receive their initial care in the CVU and general thoracic surgical patients are admitted to the SICU.