Government Relations and Public Affairs
SSM Health Care is a vibrant organization whose mission was developed with input from nearly 3,000 employees:
“Through our exceptional health care services,
we reveal the healing presence of God.”
A Catholic, not-for-profit health system, SSM Health Care operates in four Midwestern states. Its September 2013 merger with Wisconsin-based Dean Health Systems transforms SSM from a hospital-based system to a large, integrated delivery system with networks in each of its regions.
In Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma and Missouri, SSM includes 60 outpatient sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance plan, 18 hospitals, two nursing homes, home care, hospice, a technology company, and an accountable care organization. The addition of Dean brings the number of physician office encounters (visits) to 4 million across our system. With about 1,300 employed physicians and 29,500 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record, SSM is now a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration.
SSM Health Care began with five religious Sisters who journeyed to St. Louis in 1872 from Germany to be of service to people in need. In their early ledgers, the sisters listed patients who could not pay for their care as "Our Dear Lords." The system continues to look for ways to promote good health among people in the communities it serves. It was the first health-care organization to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest award for quality. Our commitment to exceptional care has been recognized nationally and in each of the states where we operate. National and local recognition includes quality awards, safety awards, clinical recognition, and employer of choice by AARP and others.
Today, SSM has more than 7,000 employed and affiliated physicians, 8,500 nurses and nearly 2,500 volunteers. Below, employees celebrated after each was honored with an SSEmmy Award at the 2012 SSM Leadership Conference in St. Louis. The awards recognize employees for their leadership in accomplishing SSM's mission.