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The BJC Collaborative, LLC

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4 The number of non-profit health systems in The BJC Collaborative. With an eye on reducing costs while achieving higher quality of care for patients, Memorial Health System has partnered with BJC HealthCare of St. Louis, CoxHealth of Springfield, Mo., and Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Mo., to create The BJC Collaborative, LLC.

The four systems that are part of this new collaborative are leaders in their regions and have entered into this new relationship with a commitment to doing what is best for their patients. The Collaborative is buoyed by the tenets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that encourage partnerships and innovation to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Four Partners Well Positioned

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The four partners in the collaborative are well positioned to work together to achieve economies of scale, learn from each other and share best practices that will ultimately lead to better patient outcomes, improve healthcare access and lower costs.

  • BJC HealthCare, a 13-hospital system with urban, suburban and rural hospitals serving eastern Missouri and southern Illinois, is among the largest non-profit healthcare organizations in the country.
  • CoxHealth, established in 1906, serves more than 900,000 people in a 25-county service area in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas and offers a comprehensive array of primary and specialty care including three hospitals and more than 65 clinics in 20 communities.
  • Saint Luke’s Health System, serving the Kansas City metropolitan area, consists of 11 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and home care services. Its national honors include recognition as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.

National Leaders for Excellence in Patient Care

The organizations in The BJC Collaborative share common values and a commitment to being national leaders for excellence in patient care. Through this collaborative, we will work together to treat more patients, lower our costs and deliver higher quality care. Opportunities that may be explored by the collaborative include developing and sharing best practices around:

  • Population Health Management – population health information and assessment, physician recruitment and engagement strategies, and accountable care organization and medical home development
  • Clinical and Service Quality – performance improvement, staff development and training — including e-learning, management and leadership development, clinical skills training, clinical decision support, safety event reporting and emergency preparedness
  • Capital Asset Management – supply chain relationships, facilities design, clinical engineering, technology evaluation, energy conservation and facilities management
  • Financial Services – capital resource analysis, treasury operations, revenue cycle, business intelligence and actuarial expertise
  • Information Systems and Technology – meaningful use of health information technology, data center management, data warehousing, software applications, hardware configurations and emerging technologies and data security and patient confidentiality

In a national healthcare publication, one industry analyst referred to The BJC Collaborative as “brilliant” in that it allows the partners to gain the benefits of working together as a system to share and implement ideas without giving up the local control or governance. Working together on these and other initiatives that are imperative to achieving better patient outcomes and lower costs, The BJC Collaborative will bring sustainable advantages to the patients and families we serve.