But it is the people who work here every day, in partnership with our Washington University physicians, who make the real difference. Our team members are nearly 10,000 in number and they make a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Not only do they use their clinical skills to diagnose and treat our patients, they reflect our ICARE values integrity, compassion, accountability respect and excellence.
Our values are demonstrated in the way we care for the community outside our walls as well. It is important to us that we connect with the pulse of St. Louis—our hometown, our community. We want to make sure that St. Louisans right here at home can benefit from our research, our learnings, our innovations. That's why our focus on community benefit is led by people like an internal medicine resident who takes health screenings and education to barbershops in north St. Louis, filling a critical need for the community we serve.
We are expanding and improving that access to care with the Center for Outpatient Health, which opened in 2012. By offering the latest technology in an updated and spacious environment, we are creating a better experience for our patients. Primary and specialty care, provided by our medical residents and supervised by attending Washington University
physicians, provides a crucial service to people who might not otherwise have access to care. It is also an important part of our mission as we train the next generation of health professionals.
In this report to the community, you will also learn about groundbreaking care in cancer, heart and vascular, transplant and the neurosciences. While we share stories about individual patients, there are countless others who benefit from the care we provide. Much of this is made possible by gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. From research, medical and nursing education to social support services for our patients, gifts to The Foundation support the work we do. I want to thank all our generous donors who make it possible for us to live our mission of taking exceptional care of people.
Thank you for taking the time to view our report to the community. We hope this new format is engaging and creates a lasting impression. Let me know what you think by sending me a note at AskRich@bjc.org. I'd love to hear your feedback.