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SSM Health Care-St. Louis President/CEO Jim Sanger Announces Retirement

Jim Sanger

ST. LOUIS (July 5, 2011) – 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. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc., the joint venture between SSM Health Care and the Chicago-based Felician Health Services, in Southern Illinois. Under Sanger’s 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.

“Jim’s 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/COO Bill Thompson.

SSM-St. Louis has garnered several awards under Sanger’s leadership. In November 2010, SSM-St. Louis was chosen as a recipient of the Missouri Quality Award (MQA), one of the strongest state-level quality award programs in the country. 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 awarded the “Best Places to Work” award sponsored by the St. Louis Business Journal. And this year, Sanger will be honored with the Missouri Hospital Association’s Visionary Leadership Award.

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

SSM Health Care will initiate a process to name a successor that is expected to be in place later this year. The successor will work with Sanger to ensure a smooth transition.

About SSM Health Care-St. Louis
With over 11,200 employees and 2,500 staff physicians, SSM Health Care - St. Louis is one of the largest, full-service health care networks in the St. Louis area. SSM Health Care-St. Louis includes seven hospitals, a SSM Managed Care Organization, and a Physicians' Organization with over 150 employed physicians in three medical groups: SSM Medical Group, SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group and SSM DePaul Medical Group. Other services include Cardinal Glennon Close to Home pediatric services and SSM Home Care.

About SSM Health Care 
SSM Health Care is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of quality measures to improve care. With 5,400 physicians and 23,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. It is located in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri. In every region, SSM facilities forge creative relationships in the community to foster healthier people and healthier neighborhoods. Through these relationships and at its various sites, SSM serves more than 2 million people annually.

SSM Corporate Communications Manager Chris Sutton
314-994-7886 (office); Chris_Sutton@ssmhc.com (e-mail)


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