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Missouri Baptist Medical Center Establishes Nancy A. Ross, RN Endowed Chair for Nursing

Missouri Baptist Medical Center Establishes Nancy A. Ross, RN Endowed Chair for Nursing

ST. LOUIS (May 5, 2017) – Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a member of BJC HealthCare, has established The Nancy A. Ross, RN Endowed Chair, a first for a community hospital in the greater St. Louis area.  Donald and Nancy Ross contributed this gift to celebrate MoBap’s nurses and to help launch an effort for a series of donations from various supporters in the community.

The endowed chair will be held by the Missouri Baptist Chief Nursing Officer, currently Tim Mislan, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, providing funds to continue to elevate the practice of nursing at Missouri Baptist for decades to come.  

This effort embodies the landmark 2010 Future of Nursing report from the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), which emphasizes the crucial role nurses play in today’s evolving healthcare landscape.  With nurses comprising the largest sector of the healthcare work force, the report concluded, among other recommendations, that organizations should “expand opportunities for nurses to lead and manage collaborative efforts with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to conduct research and to redesign and improve practice environments and health systems.”1

“Our vision is for Missouri Baptist nurses to be unparalleled in their leadership and ability to transform our patients’ experiences through innovative patient- and family-centered care,” said Mislan, Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Missouri Baptist.  “When our nurses are empowered to use the full extent of their education and training, our patients directly benefit.”

The endowed chair is named for Nancy Ross who served the community as a registered nurse and continues to be a cherished supporter of Missouri Baptist nurses.  The hospital’s annual nursing awards, held during National Nurses Week, has been named in her honor since 1998. 

“I have had the privilege to know the passion and compassion that embodies the Missouri Baptist team,” said Donald Ross, Vice Chairman of Enterprise Holdings Inc.  “Having seen loved ones receive the care of MoBap nurses, I know that investing in our community’s nurses directly benefits our community as a whole.”  Mr. Ross is also former Chairman of the BJC HealthCare Board of Directors and current Vice Chairman of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Board of Trustees. 

The announcement comes on nearly the one-year anniversary of Missouri Baptist being named a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  The prestigious designation is the highest credential a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient care.  Only 454 out of nearly 6,000 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition and Missouri Baptist is the first and only Magnet hospital in St. Louis County.

Missouri Baptist employs more than 1,000 nurses in a variety of services and 72 percent have advanced education and specialty training.  This percentage has increased five points every year, during the past three years as the hospital continues to emphasize the importance of education.

“Endowed chairs are more commonly seen at academic hospitals, due to the role of research in those organizations,” said John Antes, President of Missouri Baptist.  “However, this is the third endowed chair to be established at MoBap, the first for nursing.  It is a recognition of how our team prioritizes research to improve patient outcomes and the experience of each person who turns to us for their care.”

Missouri Baptist established the Alan P. Lyss, MD Endowed Chair for the Director of Cancer Research in 2014 and the Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Services in 2016. 

In addition, the Missouri Baptist Medical Center campus is home to a location of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.  The state-of-the-art 42,750 square foot education, research, and training facility was completed in 2012.  To prepare the next generation of nurses, it features seven classrooms and four simulation labs that mirror the latest technology found in Goldfarb Hall on the campus of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

About Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Missouri Baptist is a 489-bed acute-care hospital located in west St. Louis County and offers a full continuum of medical and surgical services, specializing in heart, cancer, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, neurological/spine and women’s health services.  Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a member of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States and the largest employer in St. Louis.  Based in St. Louis, BJC serves residents in Missouri and southern Illinois through its 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations. 

1. Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.

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