At SSM Health, we believe in the Healing Power of Presence.

At SSM Health, we believe in the healing power of presence. While we do not discount the physical healing that takes place across our system, we know that exceptional health care is more than medicine. It is how we choose to care for our patients and customers: by taking the time to listen, to understand, to answer questions, to hold hands, or even to pray. These are the moments when we reveal God’s healing presence in a powerful and enduring way.

This heritage of healing began in 1872 when five Catholic sisters arrived in St. Louis from Germany. They had just $5 between them, but they carried the faith and compassion to begin the extraordinary ministry that would become SSM Health. Our founding sisters were fully present to the needs in front of them by listening, understanding and being available for the poor and suffering.

They took to the streets to care for those stricken by epidemics of small pox and typhoid fever, putting their own lives at risk. While the sisters couldn’t always cure, they brought something just as important. They brought hope and healing to men, women and children in their darkest hours. They were a presence.

Our more than 33,000 talented employees and physicians are part of this incredible legacy and have a deep-rooted commitment to providing personal and compassionate care. That is why we take the time to get to know our patients better as people, so we can treat them better as patients. This is who we are.

We are SSM Health and we believe in the Healing Power of Presence.

Our Mission: Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.

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