Our Founding Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, opened the first Catholic hospital for African Americans in the nation in 1933. Not only did the hospital welcome African American patients, it offered African American physicians and nurses the opportunity to practice their profession.
Diversity in all areas of SSM Health Care is not only part of our past, it is key to our success in the future. At SSM, we realize that workplace diversity is essential to be competitive. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of diversity among our employees, patients and customers. We work with diverse organizations to broaden our reach into the communities we serve to support and promote an inclusive society. We seek to attract and support people and suppliers from diverse backgrounds and cultures. At SSM Health Care, diversity is an integral part of who we are and a reflection of our mission and values.