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SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit United States health care system with 11,000 providers and nearly 39,000 employees in four states, including Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Missouri. SSM Health is one of the largest employers in the cities it serves.

SSM Health
TypeHealthcare provider
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
  • 10101 Woodfield Ln.
    St. Louis, Missouri 63132 USA
Services23 hospitals
President and CEO
Laura S. Kaiser
Nearly 39,000
Formerly called
SSM Health Care

SSM Health adopted the electronic health record early on, and provides care in a range of settings, including hospitals, pediatric medical centers, outpatient centers, clinics, surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, emergency centers, rehabilitation facilities, urgent care centers, home care, and hospice.

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, SSM Health operates 23 hospitals, and has affiliations with 39 additional hospitals. SSM Health also owns two nursing homes, a health plan (Dean Health Plan), a pharmacy benefit management company (Navitus), and has a variety of partnerships with physicians across its four states.

In 2013, Dean Health System, a large multi-specialty physician group and health plan, finalized a deal to merge Dean and its subsidiaries, including Dean Health Plan, into SSM Health. The merger became effective on September 1, 2013, after all necessary regulatory approvals were received.

SSM Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and is one of the largest Catholic hospital systems in the United States. Recently SSM Health has acquired Agnesian HealthCare from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. This acquisition included 3 hospitals, Waupun Memorial, Ripon Medical, St Agnes Hospital along with a surgery center in Fond du lac. This included various clinics, nursing homes/hospice care, urgent care facilities.


History of SSM HealthEdit

SSM Health traces its roots to 1872, when Mother Mary Odilia Berger and four other sisters came to St. Louis from Germany, after caring for sick and wounded soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War[citation needed]. Facing religious persecution in Germany, they came to the United States. When they arrived in St. Louis they began providing nursing care to people in their own homes. That winter, when a smallpox epidemic hit St. Louis, the sisters cared for the sick and dying. For a short time, people referred to them as the Smallpox Sisters. In 1874, the congregation received its formal name: the Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) from the parish where their convent was located, St. Mary of Victories[1] near the riverfront in St. Louis.

Five years after their arrival in St. Louis, the sisters borrowed $16,000, to open their first hospital, St. Mary’s Infirmary. Almost 60 percent of their patients were unable to pay for their health care services. Account ledgers from this time identify those who were unable to pay for their services as an “ODL,” a designation that stood for “Our Dear Lord’s.” During this time, the sisters relied on God to provide for their needs as they cared for the poor.[citation needed]

Most of the health care facilities that today belong to SSM Health were previously part of a group of hospitals owned by the Sisters of St. Mary and centrally governed, but not centrally managed. In the mid-1980s, the sponsoring congregation decided to reorganize its hospitals into a system of centrally managed health care providers, and SSM Health was created in 1986. Today the system is managed by a team of professionals—both lay and religious—and governed by members of the sponsoring congregation as well as by laypersons from the communities served by its facilities.[citation needed]

In 2012, SSM Health stated that it was 'disappointed with the contraceptive mandate' regarding being legally forced to cover such items by the Affordable Care Act, against Catholic freedom of conscience.[2]

In 2018 SSM rebranded Oklahoma hospitals. The health system's physician's group in the state will now be known as SSM Health Medical Group. [3]

About SSM HealthEdit


  • St. Louis, Missouri

Service Areas

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Oklahoma
  • Wisconsin


  • 23 hospitals
  • 39 affiliate hospitals
  • 2 long-term senior care facilities
  • 36 pediatric affiliates, telehealth and clinic sites
  • 24 convenient care locations
  • 1 health plan
  • 1 pharmacy benefit management company


  • Nearly 39,000


  • 1,700+ employed physicians

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality AwardEdit

In 2002, SSM Health became the first health care organization in history to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest award for quality in the U.S.

SSM Health FacilitiesEdit


  • SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital - St. Louis
  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
  • SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Lake Saint Louis
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - Wentzville
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain (Mexico, Missouri)


  • St. Anthony Hospital - Main Campus (Oklahoma City)
  • St. Anthony Bone and Joint Hospital (Oklahoma City)
  • St. Anthony Healthplex East (Oklahoma City)
  • St. Anthony Healthplex North (Oklahoma City)
  • St. Anthony Healthplex South (Oklahoma City)
  • St. Anthony Healthplex Mustang (Oklahoma City metro)
  • St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee (Oklahoma City metro)
  • St. Anthony Urgent Care Center Shawnee


  • SSMHealth St. Clare Hospital - Baraboo
  • SSMHealth St. Clare Meadows Care Center Baraboo
  • SSMHealth St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
  • SSMHealth St. Mary's Care Center - Madison
  • SSMHealth St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville
  • Dean Health Plan - Madison
  • Dean Medical Group - Madison
  • SSMHealth St. Agnes Hospital - Fond du Lac
  • SSMHealth Waupun Memorial Hospital - Waupun
  • SSMHealth Ripon Medical Center - Ripon
  • SSMHealth Monroe Clinic - Monroe


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


  1. ^ "Historic St Mary of Victories Hungarian Catholic Church". Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  2. ^ Channel 3000, accessed 8th Feb 2012
  3. ^ accessed 19th December 2018

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