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Goldfarb associate deanship pays tribute to retiring BJC chair Paul McKee, Jr.

Sunday, January 25, 2009 - Goldfarb associate deanship pays tribute to retiring BJC chair Paul McKee, Jr.
ST. LOUIS – Paul McKee Jr. may be passing the baton as chairman of the BJC HealthCare board of directors, but his tenure will have a lasting impression on not only BJC but also the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.

McKee was honored Jan. 29 upon his retirement as chairman of the BJC board for the last five years with the naming of the Paul J. McKee, Jr. Associate Dean for Research at Barnes-Jewish College.

McKee’s service to BJC began in 1986 when he first joined the board of Christian Hospital. He was instrumental in planning and executing the 1992 merger between Christian and Barnes-Jewish Hospital that formed BJC and played a significant role in bringing Missouri Baptist Medical Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital into the organization. Over the years, McKee has worked to ensure BJC provides high quality health care, takes an active role in the community’s health care safety net and helps to improve public health through education and health literacy initiatives across the region.

A visionary risk-taker and developer, McKee has led many real estate development projects including WingHaven, a planned community of high-tech businesses, offices, homes, stores, restaurants and educational facilities in O’Fallon, Mo. He played a pivotal role in BJC’s decision to build Progress West HealthCare Center to serve the emerging health care needs of southern St. Charles County. McKee will remain an active member of the BJC board.

Donna Taliaferro, RN, PhD, is the first professor to hold the McKee associate deanship. Dr. Taliaferro has been studying sleep and circadian rhythms in people with HIV and AIDS and is currently investigating the use of melatonin as an intervention in this population.

The Paul McKee, Jr. Associate Dean for Research is the third endowed deanship at Goldfarb, joining the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean of The Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and the Jack Taylor Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

The Goldfarb School of Nursing provides baccalaureate- and master’s-educated nurses for BJC hospitals and the entire St. Louis region and beyond. (The Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing was renamed the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2007.) The new building was named Goldfarb Hall to honor St. Louis businessperson and philanthropist Alvin Goldfarb, who pledged $5 million to fund nursing scholarships and program development.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health-care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions.  With net revenues of $3 billion, BJC serves urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 13 hospitals and other health service organizations.  Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

From BJC HealthCare press release