SSM Health Matters


Welcome to the SSM Health Matters blog, where we'll share patient and employee stories, examples of our Mission being lived out each and every day, stories of partnerships that inspire service and better our communities, and tips to keep you healthy and happy.

The Diagnosis was Not Going to Define Abbi

Abbi Penning's Store

Within days of her birth, Abbi received her diagnosis of VATERS Association. VATERS is an acronym used to describe a series of birth defects that often occur together.

Tags: Cardinal Glennon, kids, SSM Health

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High reliability organizations: Delivering on our promise of excellence

Performing like a high reliability organization to deliver exceptional patient care

One of the first stories I always shared with my public health students at Saint Louis University was that of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis, a true patient safety pioneer.

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We Are Forever Grateful For His Donor's Family

Zachary Broeker's Story

The Broeker family weren’t strangers to the cardiology team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital; their now 6-year old son had open heart surgery when he was just 3 months old.

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A Heartfelt Trust for the Staff They Call an Extended Family

Pearl Hollan's Story

During her battle against cancer as an infant, Pearl Hollan and her family came to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

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Is multitasking harmful?

Multitasking may increase your stress and even heart rate

Memory, your relationships and levels of creativity are also harmed by multitasking.

Tags: presence

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Giving Hope to Families in Need

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery lends a helping hand when families need it most

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides child care to families in need of support.

Tags: benefit, community, presence

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Something So Scary, Made the Laycob Family So Strong

Mason Laycob's Story

Mason Laycob entered the world like a typical infant without complications.

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His Parents Knew They'd Come to the Right Place

Gunnar Elliott's Story

When Gunnar was 15 months old, his parents discovered he had a profound hearing loss.

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They Saved Our Daughter's Life

Campbell Kinney's Story

On September 7, 2017, the Kinney family's youngest daughter Campbell was injured in an accident on their cattle farm.

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