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Corporate: Sally Terrace

BJC HealthCare

For Sally Terrace, some of the most meaningful work she’s done has involved mentoring young professionals.

Terrace is deputy general counsel of BJC HealthCare, serving the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri markets. In that role, she has worked with the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Mentoring Program to help candidates become more active in the organization and community.

Sally Terrace

Sally Terrace

“We need to make sure we’re not only diverse but also inclusive,” said Terrace. “Part of including people is making sure they have the opportunities to be at meetings they might not otherwise be invited to or participate in some of our connections groups across BJC and become active and meet people at different organizations. That’s probably one of my favorite parts of my job — seeing other people grow and develop and be able to get exposure to things they might otherwise have not been exposed to.”

Terrace joined BJC’s legal department in 1999 and served as vice president of compliance from 2011 until she was promoted to deputy general counsel in 2017. In her role, she’s responsible for leading all operations of the legal department — working with BJC attorneys who handle everything from patient care-related calls from BJC clinicians to corporate matters to bond refinancing and regulatory, labor and employment, and tax issues.

“We’re a nonprofit, but we’re a big nonprofit, so we really face all of the issues any other corporation would face in a highly regulated environment,” she said.

Terrace said she always knew she wanted a career in healthcare law. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health care and administration, her law degree and a master’s in public health all from the University of Missouri.

She was deputy general counsel for Washington University, leading the legal services provided to the School of Medicine from 1993 to 1999, and previously was in-house counsel for Jewish Hospital of St. Louis from 1990-1993. She also served as general counsel of the American College of Surgeons and was in private practice for a number of years.

Terrace said she relishes the challenge of working in such a highly regulated industry and enjoys dealing with complex matters, including those related to the health system’s organ transplant program.

“Those kinds of issues are very legally intense but make an actual impact on patients’ lives, and I like being part of that,” Terrace said.

In her community, Terrace is active with Pedal the Cause, an organization that raises money for Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids, the United Way of St. Louis-Leadership Giving, and the annual National Institute for Mental Health walk.

In her professional life, Terrace particularly enjoys working for a mission-driven nonprofit organization.

“Everything we do is about taking care of patients and their families,” she said. “It’s a way, without being a direct care provider, I can be involved in the health care industry.”