Memorial Earns High Performing Status, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Leads Multiple BJC Hospitals in High Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

Multiple BJC HealthCare hospitals have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, led by Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine on the prestigious national Honor Roll of “Best Hospitals” and ranked as No. 1 in Missouri and No. 1 in the metro St. Louis area.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center secured No. 2 rankings in both Missouri and the metro St. Louis area. Christian Hospital also achieved high marks locally and regionally, ranking No. 5 in metro St. Louis and No. 9 in Missouri. In the pediatric rankings announced in June, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was recognized among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the country and ranked No. 1 in St. Louis.

“We are pleased to once again have several BJC hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” says Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO. “This well-deserved recognition is a testament to our caregivers’ dedication to delivering extraordinary care throughout BJC’s hospitals and the legacy our hospitals have built in the region. We are proud of Barnes-Jewish, Missouri Baptist, Christian Hospital and all of our caregivers for serving our patients when they need us most.”

In addition to the 2023 Honor Roll, BJH ranked nationally in 11 specialties: cancer; cardiology, heart & vascular surgery; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; neurology & neurosurgery; obstetrics & gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology & lung surgery; and urology. BJH was also recognized as high performing (top 10% of all evaluated hospitals) in the rheumatology specialty. Of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated, only 164 were ranked nationally in at least one specialty.

“Our team is grateful to be recognized as a national leader on this prestigious list for the 30th time — coinciding with BJC’s 30th anniversary,” says John Lynch, MD, BJH president. “It’s been an honor to serve our community as a system for the last 30 years, with our legacy dating back more than a century. We are grateful for our team’s steadfast commitment and compassion and our strong partnership with Washington University as we continue to deliver extraordinary care to our patients.”

MBMC was also recognized as “high performing” in three specialties, and CH was recognized as high performing in one specialty.

U.S. News & World Report also rates hospitals on a scale of High Performing, Average or Below Average in 21 common procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, leukemia/lymphoma/myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, spinal fusion, stroke, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and uterine cancer surgery. BJH was rated high performing in 18 categories, MBMC in 15 categories, CH in seven, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in six, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in three, Memorial Hospital Belleville in three, Parkland Health Center in one and Alton Memorial Hospital in one.

The rankings have been published on U.S. News & World Report’s website,, and will appear in the magazine’s August issue.