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Sanger Announces Plans to Retire

Jim Sanger

ST. LOUIS (July 5, 2011) Ė Jim Sanger, president/CEO of SSM Health Care - St. Louis and regional president/system vice president for SSM Health Care, will retire at the end of this year, after more than 14 years of service to SSM Health Care.

Sanger, 67, began his work with SSM in 1997 as president and CEO of St. Maryís Good Samaritan Inc., the joint venture between SSM Health Care and the Chicago-based Felician Health Services, in Southern Illinois. Under Sangerís leadership, the joint venture grew and flourished in a challenging environment.

In November 2007, Sanger was named president and CEO of SSM Health Care - St. Louis, where he led a reorganization that redefined seven St. Louis hospitals as one organization with a variety of service lines.

"Jimís leadership as president and CEO of SSM-St. Louis led to all-time high scores in employee satisfaction, significant financial improvement, improved physician satisfaction, and improved clinical results," said SSM Health Care President and COO Bill Thompson.

SSM-St. Louis has garnered several awards under Sangerís leadership. In November 2010, the network of St. Louis hospitals was recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Also in 2010, five hospitals within the SSM Health Care - St. Louis network were named Premier QUEST High Performing Hospitals. In 2010 and 2011, SSM - St. Louis was designated a "Best Places to WorkĒ by the St. Louis Business Journal. And this year, Sanger will be honored with the Missouri Hospital Associationís Visionary Leadership Award.

"We congratulate Jim as he moves to this next phase of his life," Thompson said. "His contributions to our organization have truly been exceptional."

A successor is expected to be in place later this year and will work with Sanger to ensure a smooth transition.

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