Director, Critical Care

Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a member of the Barnes-Jewish/Christian Healthcare (BJC Healthcare), is seeking a Director of Critical Care for their four critical care units. The Director will lead a team of Nurse Managers as they develop the care model for the critically ill patient. The Nurse Physician dyad for these units and at every level of the organization is a key component. This practice at Missouri Baptist has access to the resources of the BJC Healthcare including the system wide Tele-ICU. BJC Healthcare is focused on becoming a linked system in various service lines, including critical care.  The new Director will be a key member of the system collaborative team. The Director will report to the ACNO for Inpatient Care and collaborate with a team of Directors as Missouri Baptist continues to grow and work with senior leaders to provide care to the St. Louis population.

Opportunity Highlights

  • Provide leadership that creates engagement and ownership of goals through shared governance.
  • Lead nursing practice and provide leadership on the journey to Magnet re-designation.
  • Create a nursing environment that fosters collaboration and cultivates relationships across departments.

The Organization at a Glance

Colloquially called “MoBap”, Missouri Baptist Medical Center is a proud member of the 16-hospital BJC Healthcare. MoBap has a full continuum of medical and surgical services, including heart, cancer, women and infant’s, breast health, gastrointestinal, orthopedic, stroke, therapy, wound and pain management services.

  • 449 staffed beds.
  • Executive Team profiles linked here.
  • 2,772 Employees.
  • 1,077 Physicians.
  • Critical Care Units
    • ICU
    • ACC/Telemetry
    • CVR
    • PCU
  • 24-hour adult emergency department.
  • Pediatric patients seen at a separate emergency department in collaboration with St. Louis Children’s.
  • 39-bed long-term acute care hospital-in-a-hospital in partnership with Select Medical Corporation.

Recognition Awards

  • U.S. New and World Report ranked No. 2 in the St. Louis Metro Area (behind sister BJC hospital Barnes-Jewish Hospital) and No. 3 in Missouri.
  • Rated “high-performing” in eight of the common procedures and conditions assessed by U.S. News: aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.
  • American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program®.
  • Magnet designated since 2016.
  • Other Awards linked here.

MoBap honors their nurses who provide extraordinarily compassionate care with The DAISY Award, an international nurse recognition program.

The Position

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead and direct Critical Care services.
  • 24/7 accountability for
    • all standards of care
    • customer service
    • employee relationship management
    • revenue and cost centers
  • Leads the team – hires, trains, manages, evaluates and develops professional development plans.
  • Develops and adheres to departmental staffing, revenue and expense budgets.
  • Responds to changes in the business that affect achievement of budget goals.
  • Ensures the delivery of services meet all professional standards of care.
  • Creates and ensures the success of improvement initiatives and associated metrics with the support of the Critical Care Quality Manager.
  • Liaison for the LTACH Coordinator and Wound Ostomy Nurses.
  • Implements participatory leadership and shared governance models.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Organizational Structure, Team and Budget

  • The Director of Critical Care reports to the ACNO Inpatient Care.
  • Nursing organizational chart is linked here.
  • Nursing Annual Report linked here.

Critical Care Team

  • ICU                      30 Beds, 75 FTE (1 Nurse Manager, 4 Assistant Nurse Managers)
  • ACC/Tele           48 Beds, 85 FTE (1 Nurse Manager, 4 Assistant Nurse Managers)
  • CVR                    10 Beds, 26 FTE (.5 Nurse Manager, 1 Assistant Nurse Manager shared with PCU)
  • PCU                    16 Beds. 30 FTE (.5 Nurse Manager, 1 Assistant Nurse Manager shared with CVR)
  • Total                   216 FTE


  • ICU                      $10.6M
  • ACC/Tele            $7.1M
  • CVR                     $3.8M
  • PCU                     $2.7M
  • Total                  $24.2M

Education and Experience Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s degree.
  • Minimum 5 years of supervisor experience required.
  • Minimum 5 years of nursing experience required.
  • Missouri nursing license or eligibility.

The Location

St. Louis, known as the Gateway City, is famous for its 630-foot arch located in the city’s downtown. It is home to major corporations such as Anheuser-Busch, Express Scripts, Boeing Defense, Panera, and Edward Jones, to name a few. St. Louis has 79 different neighborhoods each with its own distinctive style and character.

St. Louis offers all the perks of a big city, with an affordable Midwestern lifestyle, home to a population of more than 2.8 million residents and institutions of higher learning, libraries, museums, professional drama and opera theaters, a dance company, the second oldest symphony orchestra in the nation, and multiple college and professional sports teams. One of the city’s major attractions, Forest Park, features paths for running and cycling, tennis courts, an ice-skating rink, athletic fields, and three golf courses. It is home to the St. Louis Zoo, the second largest zoo in the country, the St. Louis Science Center, the Muny, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater, as well as the St. Louis Art Museum and Missouri History Museum.

Procedure for Candidacy

Please send nominations or contact a member of the Kirby Bates Team:

Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN

Executive VP Search Services

T. 617-514-0050

Judy Hayes, MSN, RN

Vice President Search Services

T. 508-202-1723