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Barnes Eyecare Network (BECN) is a vertically integrated network of over 70 ophthalmologists and optometrists located primarily in the St. Louis Missouri metropolitan area with additional locations in central Missouri and central and southern Illinois. BECN is one of the first networks in the country to be directly associated with a major academic teaching institution. The network was formed in 1994 and is a division of Washington University Physician Network (WUPN). BECNís close association with the Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare positions BECN as a leader in specialty network development.
BECNís purpose is to provide managed care organizations and mid-to-large size businesses with a full continuum of eye care services, including primary vision care and eye wear. Most importantly, BECN focuses on developing innovative programs in eye care delivery and management that are individually designed to meet the unique needs of the payor community.