Lindenwood University, SSM Health expand exclusive agreement 



Lindenwood University and SSM Health will expand an exclusive agreement that not only provides medical care to the largest Division II athletics program in the country, but also allows students access to educational programs within the Catholic, non-profit health system.

In an agreement signed Nov. 1 by Lindenwood President Michael D. Shonrock, PhD, and Candace Jennings, regional president of hospital operations for SSM Health - St. Louis, SSM Health will become the exclusive health care service provider for the university's athletic training department.

SSM Health will have a presence for home games in football, gymnastics, women's ice hockey, and other events while also providing assistance with sports medicine protocols, training seminars, medical screenings and sports physicals.

In addition to that agreement, Lindenwood and SSM Health amended an academic affiliation agreement that allows university students in health occupation programs to train at facilities of SSM Health.

"Lindenwood University is a fixture in our region and we are proud to partner with them," said Jennings. "Not only does this allow us to provide exceptional health care services to their students and athletes, but also provide their students the opportunity to gain valuable experience to start them in health care careers."

SSM Health will also offer clinic services for the entire student body at Lindenwood's Student Health Center in the Evans Commons, along with other basic services such as office visits, lab testing and certain exams.

"SSM Health is known for its exceptional health care services and we're excited to formalize a great relationship between two leaders in St. Louis," Dr. Shonrock said. "This agreement allows us to make high-quality health care available to our students and athletes."

Lindenwood has designated SSM Health as its exclusive sports partner in the health care services industry. SSM Health will appear on advertisements at all of the university's large athletic venues - Hunter Stadium, Hyland Arena, Lindenwood Ice Arena, and soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse fields.


About SSM Health – St. Louis

SSM Health ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

SSM Health – St. Louis operates 8 hospitals, 5 urgent care locations, more than 40 physician offices and 27 SSM Health Express Clinic at Walgreens locations. One of the largest employers in St. Louis, SSM Health is home to more than 3,000 physicians, 15,000 employees and provides the region a complete continuum of care.

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About Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, is an independent liberal arts university offering more than 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in diverse areas of study and traditional and accelerated formats, including online. Lindenwood operates residential campuses in St. Charles, Mo., and Belleville, Ill., as well as numerous regional centers and extension sites throughout Missouri.  

Cutline information: Present for Tuesday’s signing ceremony were (seated, from left): Lindenwood President Michael D. Shonrock, PhD; and Candace Jennings, regional president of hospital operations for SSM Health – St. Louis. Standing (from left): Dean Cynthia Schroeder; Associate Athletic Director Betsy Feutz; Vice President for Athletics Brad Wachler; Provost Marilyn Abbott; Cody Bellard, MD, orthopedic surgeon; Lisle Wescott, president of SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis; Mike Bowers, president of SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles; and Dan Rueschhoff, director of SSM Health Orthopedics.


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