Washington University Medical Center
In addition to the School of Medicine, Washington University Medical Center includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
The medical center generates an annual economic impact of nearly $4.4 billion for the St. Louis area, according to an economic model maintained by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association. With more than 21,000 employees, the combined medical center institutions are among the largest employers in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Covering 164 acres over 17 city blocks, the medical campus is positioned at the intersection of St. Louis’s Central West End and Forest Park Southeast (also known as the Grove) neighborhoods. The Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC) has invested heavily in these neighborhoods to improve quality of life for its residents and visitors. A partnership between Washington University School of Medicine and BJC Health Care, WUMCRC develops and funds programs focused on economic and housing development, human and social service opportunities, security improvements and public art projects.
The Washington University medical campus is also located along the eastern edge of Forest Park, which has earned a reputation as one of the country’s (some say the world’s) most beautiful city parks. Across the park to the west is Washington University’s historic Danforth Campus, home to most of the university’s academic divisions.