We are SSM Health!

SSM Health is more than a collection of hospitals, physician offices and other outpatient care sites and services. We are one of the largest integrated health care delivery systems in the nation, focused on providing a truly exceptional experience to those we serve.

Over the course of SSM Health’s 144-year history, growth and transformation have been nearly constant. Our founding sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, first began caring for patients in converted homes, which were later replaced with hospitals to meet the needs of the community. They began their ministry in St. Louis and then expanded to reach cities across the Midwest where they recognized a need for health care. The sisters’ focus on being fully present to the needs in front of them is a commitment that lives on across SSM Health over a century later.

Today, the ministry of SSM Health is in the capable and compassionate hands of more than 33,000 employees, 9,500 physicians and 4,600 volunteers who also understand the power of presence. We receive countless letters from patients and families who are grateful for not only the care they received, but also for the individuals who took the time to listen, to understand, to answer their questions, to hold their hand, or even to pray. These are the moments when we reveal God’s healing presence in a powerful and enduring way.

As we move into a new year, it is important to reflect back on how far we’ve come and celebrate our many accomplishments. This site is a testament to our incredible team and the amazing work we did to improve the lives of our patients and the health of our communities in 2016.

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2016 Around the System

By The Numbers

With care delivery sites across Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, 63 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, telehealth services, a technology company and two Accountable Care Organizations. We also have affiliate relationships with hospitals in every state we serve. Here’s a glimpse of who we are.

Financial Stewardship

Inspired by the traditions of our founding religious sisters, our heritage and ministry are built around a value system which includes stewardship: We use financial, human and natural resources responsibly and care for the environment.



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Environmental Commitment

As part of our membership in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, SSM Health has committed to reducing energy use by 3 percent, achieving a 25 percent recycling rate and reducing regulated medical waste to less than 10 percent of total waste.

SSM Health also launched a Mission-based Impact Investment Program in 2016, that will focus on caring for the environment and mitigating climate change. Under the program, SSM Health has fully divested all of its investments in coal production companies and is working to expand investments in companies, organizations and funds that generate a measurable beneficial social or environmental impact.

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