Barnes-Jewish Hospital will open its new outpatient center on Monday.
The 12-story building at the corner of Forest Park Avenue and Euclid will bring together five existing outpatient clinics under one roof. Those include a primary care clinic, along with OB/GYN, psychiatric, surgical, and specialty clinics.
Dr. Melvin Blanchard directs the internal medicine residency program at Barnes.
Speaking at a dedication ceremony for the new center, Blanchard said Barnes' existing clinics provide care to the underinsured and underserved.
The new procedure – called transcatheter aortic valve replacement – involves replacing the aortic valve which connects the left ventricle (B) to the aorta (A). You can see a video of this in the story below.
Barnes-Jewish could lose millions in Medicare payments
One of Missouri's largest hospitals could face a cut in Medicare payments because too many Medicare patients are being readmitted soon after discharge.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Barnes-Jewish is one of just three hospitals in the country to perform worse than the national average in readmissions within 30 days for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, for each of the last three years.
The strategy room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Pink sticky notes on the wall represent points in a process where a patient has to wait. This giant chart is used to track progress of the "Lean Healthcare" method.
Credit (Sarah Kincade)
A diagram of a Toyota concept instituted at Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Value Stream mapping - essentially taking a complicated process, and breaking it down into its individual steps and finding ways to make each step more efficient.
Throughout the country a number of hospitals have been looking to Toyota auto plants to learn how to make healthcare safer and more efficient. Among the dozens of institutions adapting the Toyota Production system to healthcare is Barnes-Jewish Hospital here in St. Louis.
Reporter David Weinberg brings us the story of how Far East auto plants are changing the face of hospitals in the west.
Tiffany Buchta, one month after her kidney-pancreas transplant. [NOTE TO VIEWER: The other photos in this slideshow are of Tiffany’s transplant surgery.] (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra records surgeons Dr. Mark Earl (left), Dr. Jason Wellen (center), and Dr. Majella Doyle (right) during Tiffany Buchta’s transplant surgery. (Judy Martin Finch)
The surgeons sew a piece of duodenum (small intestine) from the transplanted pancreas to Tiffany’s own intestine. This will allow the digestive enzymes produced by the transplanted pancreas to be excreted as waste. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons adjust the placement of the metal retractors that hold Tiffany’s abdomen open during surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
Before being transplanted, the donated kidney is kept cold on a bed of ice. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons sew in the vein of the pancreas. (Véronique LaCapra)
Tiffany’s transplanted kidney (top left, dark pink) and pancreas (center). (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl holds Tiffany’s appendix, preparing to remove it. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons remove Tiffany’s appendix with a stapling device. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons make sure there are no kinks in Tiffany’s intestine before closing her abdomen after surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons prepare to close Tiffany’s incision. (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl stitches Tiffany’s abdominal wall. (Véronique LaCapra)
Dr. Mark Earl staples Tiffany’s incision. (Véronique LaCapra)
The surgeons remove the adhesive, iodine-impregnated plastic sheet that protected Tiffany’s skin during surgery. (Véronique LaCapra)
Type 2 diabetes – the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet – gets a lot of attention these days. But there’s another, less common, form of the disease – type 1 – that can also lead to life-threatening complications.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra takes us behind the scenes at a local hospital, for the transplant operation that got one St. Louis-area woman off dialysis, and made her diabetes-free.