Our Mission & Values

Spending nearly one year developing a single mission statement and values for the entire organization, SSM Health tasked 3,000 employees with framing it just right. Today that mission statement is 13 words – short by design. Inspired by our founding religious sisters, our mission defines the way we do things. Because those words come from employees, we embrace the mission as our own.

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

Our History of Healing

SSM Health's rich history began in 1872 in St. Louis, Missouri. Read more about how we've grown from our humble beginnings.

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Watch Our Story

See how an extraordinary group of women started what has grown into a health system spanning four states.

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SSM Health Heritage Tour

Learn more about the compassionate care the Franciscan Sisters of Mary started, and SSM Health continues.

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Inspired by our founding religious sisters, we value the sacredness and dignity of each person. Therefore, we find these five values consistent with our heritage and ministry:

  • Compassion
    We reveal the healing presence of God through compassionate care focused on the fullness of the person.
  • Respect
    We respect life at all stages and promote the dignity and well-being of every person.
  • Excellence
    We provide exceptional care and service through employees and physicians dedicated to our Mission.
  • Stewardship
    We use financial, human and natural resources responsibly and care for the environment.
  • Community
    We cultivate relationships that inspire service and promote justice in our organization and throughout our communities, with special concern for the poor and marginalized.

SSM Health’s Quality Principles

  • Patients and other customers are our first priority.
  • Quality is achieved through people.
  • All work is part of a process.
  • Decision-making by facts.
  • Quality requires continuous quality improvement.


Through our participation in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, communities, especially those that are economically, physically and socially marginalized, will experience improved health in mind, body, spirit and environment within the financial limits of the system.

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