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When it comes to providing quality health care services and taking exceptional care of people, BJC HealthCare’s mission has remained steadfast since the St. Louis-based health system’s founding in 1993: “To improve the health of the people and communities we serve.”

In commemoration of the organization’s 25th anniversary in 2018, BJC invited employees to nominate a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that had personal meaning to them to receive part of $25,000 set aside to support grassroots, local organizations with a shared mission of improving health, education, child/youth development, senior/disabled support or community-building.

BJC employees responded with more than 100 nominations, which were subsequently evaluated by the St. Louis Community Foundation. The foundation made recommendations on how to allocate the $25,000 total funding opportunity among these deserving nominations.

Thirteen organizations were chosen to receive donations ranging from $1,500 to $4,000.

Selected charities span the St. Louis region, outstate Missouri and the Metro East, and support health, wellness, basic needs, youth and child development, education and behavioral health. All selected organizations and the employees who nominated them will be recognized at a reception in March.

The charitable organizations receiving donations are Burns Recovered; Maggie Welby Foundation; Christian Activity Center East St. Louis; Shared Blessings, Inc.; CJ’s Journey; The Hayner Public Library District; Every Child’s Hope; The Ollie Hinkle Heart Foundation; Gateway to Hope; Voluntary Action Center; Inn from the Storm; Whole Kids Outreach; and Jefferson County CASA.

“As a nonprofit organization and one of the region’s largest employers, BJC works to be a good neighbor and community member, including support of charitable organizations that share a similar mission,” said Rich Liekweg, BJC president and CEO. “We hope these donations to some unsung heroes among charities can help support our collective missions in the communities we serve together.”

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice. BJC’s nationally recognized academic hospitals, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, are affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine.

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