2016 Community Benefit Report
2015 Community Benefit Report

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Regional Safety Net Services

In an uncertain world, ensuring a health care safety net that keeps patients from falling through the cracks is another part of BJC’s community benefit contributions to the region.

Whether providing trauma services, emergency response teams, mental health care or newborn critical care, BJC helps to keep these essential but costly services available to the community and throughout the region. During 2016, BJC provided $132.6 million in subsidized or unreimbursed services to ensure continued access to vital services in the St. Louis region and rural Missouri.

$186.5 MILLION

Subsidized services: $132.6 million
Emergency response planning:
$2 million
Community partnerships: $51.9 million

In addition, BJC contributed $2 million toward regional response preparedness and partnered with other local nonprofit organizations that seek to improve community health or raise funding for research. Direct donations, event support and in-kind donations totaled $51.9 million in 2016.


August 16, 2016, began as an ordinary day. Elaine Lewis waved goodbye to her husband and set about doing her household chores, putting forth extra effort since her sister from California was coming for a visit. While polishing furniture in her Godfrey home, however, she began to feel funny.

“My ears, eyes and hands itched and I thought I was having an allergic reaction,” Elaine said. “When my throat started to close up, I went to the kitchen for some Benadryl.”

That’s when she passed out. And then her lucky stars aligned.

Elaine’s sister-in-law, Barb Epperheimer, had just stopped by on a whim. Elaine’s mother-in-law, who lives with her, was wearing a Lifeline and they pushed the button to summon help.

Just four minutes after receiving the call, the Godfrey Fire Department arrived on the scene. Three minutes later, an Alton Memorial Hospital EMS crew arrived and Elaine was loaded into the ambulance. EKG monitoring was initiated and a 12-lead EKG revealed an active STEMI. A STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) is a full-blown heart attack caused by the complete blockage of an artery.

The EKG report was transmitted to the hospital. When Elaine arrived at Alton Memorial, Dr. Robert Lutan and the cardiac catheterization lab staff were ready and waiting. A little more than 90 minutes after the initial call went out, Elaine was rolled into the intensive care unit.

After four days in the hospital, Elaine was ready to go home.

“Now I feel wonderful,” Elaine said. “I felt so hopeless lying on the floor. I wanted help and it came. The ambulance crew assured me that I would be OK, they were going to take care of me. They gave me hope, because I just wasn’t ready to leave this earth yet.”

Thanks to the hospital’s Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners & Fish Hookers annual fund-raising event, ambulances are equipped with state-of-the- art technology to provide patients in cardiac arrest the Bluetooth advantage for a good outcome. Following Elaine’s call for help, the EMS crew responded in the newest donated ambulance on its first day in operation.


On September 24, 2016, thousands of riders hit the streets on their bicycles with a shared mission of raising money for cancer research.

Since 2010, Pedal the Cause has donated more than $15.8 million – 100 percent of all money raised – to fund 92 innovative cancer research projects, including 28 projects focused on cancer.

Pedal the Cause created a special program called Ride for a Child, sponsored by ClayCo, that pairs cycling teams with pediatric cancer patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Ride for a Child is an inspiring way for cyclists to connect with a child who is receiving advanced care and treatment for cancer.