BJC HealthCare is a non-profit health care organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the St. Louis areas—and one of Missouris—biggest employers. BJC includes two nationally recognized academic hospitals - Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Childrens Hospital, which are both affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine. BJC HealthCare was created in 1993 when Barnes-Jewish Inc. merged with Christian Health Services to create a system consisting of a large urban teaching facility and a network of suburban community hospitals. In 1994 Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Louis Childrens Hospital also joined BJC HealthCare. In addition to operating 12 hospitals in Missouri and Illinois, BJC HealthCare operates BJC Home Care Services, the oldest home care service west of the Mississippi, which offers hospice, home infusion and medical equipment services; BJC Corporate Health Services, including BarnesCare, an occupational health organization; BJC Behavioral Health, offering behavioral health services to children and adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the Missouri counties of Washington, Iron and St. Francois; and BJC Medical Group, which employs more than 300 primary and specialty physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.