Partners in Productivity: BJH

Independence Center partners with St. Louis-area employers like Barnes-Jewish Hospital who provide meaningful job opportunities to adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Johnnie Phillips is an Independence Center participant currently working in the food and nutrition department at Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he prepares and expedites meals for patients. “This employment program is an excellent example of expanding our partnership with Independence Center. Team members like Johnnie help us take exceptional care of our patients,” says Rich Liekweg, President of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Johnnie says, “Working has helped me feel like a part of the St. Louis community again.” Visit to learn how your organization can partner with Independence Center to provide adults living with mental illness an opportunity to work in the community, independently and with dignity.