We provide convenient, affordable, high-quality health care services that improve the lives of our patients and the health of our communities. We actively engage with our physicians, employees, and other partners to deliver high-quality care that is affordable and sustainable. That means providing care that’s focused on outcomes. By working to deliver the highest quality care and service at the lowest cost possible, we create exceptional value.

Epic consolidation improves efficiencies and data coordination

SSM Health launched an Epic consolidation initiative in August 2016 that will enhance patient access, simplify workflows and improve efficiency. SSM Health currently operates three separate Epic systems – one for Wisconsin, another for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and a third tri-state platform that serves Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. The goal is to develop a single simplified, more efficient platform that will streamline internal workflows for Epic users. The unified system will also reduce the cost and duplication associated with maintaining multiple systems, while enhancing the patient experience through better data coordination and sharing of information.

The first stage of the project brought together more than 500 Epic specialists from across the system to provide perspective that will help determine the best practices and features that will be included in the new single system. Development and implementation of the consolidated Epic platform will take place in phases, between mid-2017 through the end of 2018.

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Reducing CHF admissions

When a someone is readmitted, it’s an inconvenience for the patient and family. Not only does it increase costs for the patient, it increases cost for SSM Health as well. SSM Health is continually looking for ways to reduce unnecessary readmissions for conditions such as congestive heart failure. So, over the past four years, processes and programs in both the inpatient and post-acute settings have resulted in annual reductions in CHF readmissions – moving the needle from a 20.8 percent readmission rate in 2012, to just 13.6 percent at the close of 2016.

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SSM Health expands access to care for patients in Wisconsin

SSM Health in Wisconsin joined the Anthem BlueCross BlueShield network for its commercial products. Anthem BCBS group members now have in-network access to SSM Health Dean Medical Group, as well as SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison, SSM Health St. Mary's Care Center, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo and SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center providers and services. The agreement better positions SSM Health for sustainable growth, providing more people with in-network access to our

care than ever before, while also providing high quality care to more people over time.

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SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Madison first in Wisconsin region to offer enhanced technology to manage heart failure


A new device is now helping reduce the cost and inconvenience associated with unnecessary readmissions. In January 2016, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison became the first SSM Health hospital in the Wisconsin region to implant a new wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System has been proven to significantly reduce hospital readmissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

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SSM Health opens first inpatient geriatric behavioral health units in Mid-Missouri and Illinois

In 2016, SSM Health opened inpatient geriatric behavioral health units in communities that did not previously have access to those services. SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain opened a new 20-bed inpatient Behavioral Health Senior Care Unit in June, followed by the opening of a 12-bed inpatient Behavioral Health Senior Care Unit at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia in August. In all, SSM Health has committed $4.5 million to the construction of these two facilities, along with the renovation of an adjoining adult inpatient behavioral health unit in Centralia. These new facilities are now providing much needed senior behavioral health services to communities that were previously underserved.

SSM Health brings advanced technology to rural Northwest Missouri

In April 2016, SSM Health St. Francis Hospital - Maryville became the only hospital in northwest Missouri to offer 3D mammography. The use of this advanced, life-saving technology has been proven to detect breast cancer earlier.

Previously, patients in Nodaway County, where SSM Health St. Francis Hospital is located, had to travel 100 miles or more to Kansas City to access 3D mammography. Now, SSM Health St. Francis physicians can offer patients access to the latest technology and the best quality care closer to home.

Better imaging through 3D mammography improves the detection of invasive tumors by 40 percent, and has significantly reduced the number of

false alarms brought about by traditional screenings. – The introduction of 3D mammography has resulted in improved detection and diagnosis, an 80 percent reduction in anxiety-inducing call-backs for SSM Health St. Francis’ patients, and lower cost for both the patient and the hospital.

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Visit from U.S. Health and Human Services tech leader shines light on advantages of securely sharing health information

Dr. Vindell Washington (pictured center), national coordinator for health information technology with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited SSM Health Outpatient Center - Kisker Road in St. Charles, Mo., on Oct. 25. He was able to get a first-hand look at how SSM Health is sharing real-world health data via the Carequality Interoperability Framework.

Since the national Interoperability Framework's first live exchange in August 2016, more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals have been able to share health data records with one another, regardless of their respective health technology networks.

By the end of 2016, thanks to this new resource, SSM Health had exchanged more than 15 million records with 890 hospitals in 50 states. This secure exchange of information allowed SSM Health to add over 293,000 pieces of critical information to our medical records – enhancing the pool of knowledge our teams draw from to provide exceptional care. The exchange also added over 1.2 million medications and over 103,000 allergies to SSM Health charts, making our records more accurate and safer for our patients.

When the information provided through these secure exchanges is integrated into the electronic health record, caregivers have a more complete and accurate picture of their patients' health. They are able to make better, faster decisions; avoid reordering expensive tests; and help ensure that SSM Health patients receive the best possible care, at the lowest possible cost.

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Recognize Exceptional | 2016 Awards

Each year, our facilities and employees receive numerous accolades for providing exceptional care and outstanding service to the patients and customers of our communities. Here are just a few examples.


2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Awards

  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia
  • SSM Health St Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville
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Leapfrog "A" for Safety


  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Centralia
  • SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mt. Vernon

“Best Children's Hospital” — U.S. News & World Report


  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (cardiology, gastroenterology and cancer care)

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National Committee for Quality Assurance

Level-3 Recognition (highest level achievable) in Patient Centered Care


  • 31 SSM Health Medical Group practices in St. Louis
  • 13 St. Anthony Physicians Group practices in Oklahoma


Madison Magazine

Best of Madison 2016

  • Home Health United – Wisconsin

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HomeCare Elite

Top Agency

  • Home Health United – Wisconsin
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Safety

Home Health Compare

  • Home Health United – Wisconsin
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American Society of Healthcare Engineering

Vista Award

  • SSM Health St Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City
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American Hospital Association

Most Wired – 2016 (third consecutive year)

  • SSM Health
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Talent Board

North American Candidate Experience Award – 2016

  • SSM Health
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