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SSM Health has a long history of diversity and inclusion. Our founding Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, opened the first Catholic Hospital for African Americans in the nation in 1933. The hospital welcomed African American patients, and it offered African American physicians and nurses the opportunity to practice their profession.

We see diversity as not only a part of our past, but as the key to our future success. At SSM Health, we realize that workplace diversity is essential if we want to be competitive in our health care markets. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of diversity among our employees, patients and customers. 

We make it a point to work with diverse organizations broadening our reach into the communities we serve to support and promote a more inclusive society. We also seek to attract and support people and suppliers from diverse backgrounds and cultures. At SSM Health, diversity is an integral part of who we are and a reflection of our mission and values.

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