SSM Health Care is a Catholic
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, not-for-profit health care system
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with an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of quality measures to improve care. With 5,400 physicians and 22,000 employees (6,600 of them nurses) in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. It is located in Wisconsin
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. 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.
An early adopter of the electronic health record, SSM provides care in a range of convenient settings, including hospitals, a pediatric medical center, outpatient centers, rural and inner city clinics, surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, an emergency center, rehabilitation facilities, home care, and hospice.
SSM Health Care owns 15 hospitals, has a minority interest in five hospitals, manages one hospital, has affiliations with 16 rural hospitals, owns two nursing homes, and has a variety of partnerships with physicians, including Dean Health Plan in Wisconsin.
It is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary
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and based in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the largest Catholic systems in the country.
History of SSM Health Care
SSM Health Care traces its roots to 1872, when Mother Mary Odilia Berger
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and four other sisters came to St. Louis from Germany
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, after caring for sick and wounded soldiers during the Franco-Prussian War
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. Facing religious persecution in Germany, they came to the United States
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. When they arrived in St. Louis they began providing nursing
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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
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Most of the health care
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facilities that today belong to SSM Health Care 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 Care 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.
About SSM Health Care
- Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
In 2002, SSM Health Care became the first health care organization in history to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
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, the nation's highest award for quality.
- SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Health Center
-Overview:Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit 190-bed inpatient and outpatient pediatric medical center. As the nation’s only free-standing, Catholic children’s hospital, Cardinal Glennon has provided care for children regardless of ability to pay since 1956...
- SSM St. Clare Health Center (Fenton)
- SSM DePaul Health Center (Bridgeton)
- SSM St. Mary's Health Center (Richmond Heights)
- SSM St. Joseph Health Center (St. Charles)
- SSM St. Joseph Health Center (Wentzville)
- SSM St. Joseph Hospital West (Lake Saint Louis)
- St. Francis Hospital and Health Services (Maryville)
- St. Mary's Health Center (Jefferson City)
- St. Clare Hospital and Health Services (Baraboo)
- St. Mary's Hospital (Madison, Wisconsin)
- St. Clare Meadows Care Center (Baraboo)
- St. Mary's Care Center (Madison)
- New Janesville hospital coming in late 2011
- St. Mary's Good Samaritan, Inc. (Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon and St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia)