Formed in 1954 as the original foundation that supported St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood, SSM St. Clare Health Center Foundation is a continuation of a healing ministry that was first established more than 135 years ago, when five religious sisters traveled from Germany to settle in St. Louis and began to care for small pox victims. The Franciscan Sisters of Mary eventually established hospitals that today are part of SSM Health Care-St. Louis, and SSM St. Clare Health Center is the newest of the hospitals, established in 2009 in Fenton, MO. The SSM St. Clare Health Center Foundation is organized as a separate, tax exempt organization, as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, to support SSM St. Clare Health Center. Our foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and has a small staff to support its fundraising efforts. The foundation also has a cadre of volunteers and robust auxiliary who help fulfill the mission of our foundation, which is to bolster and support SSM St. Clare Health Center in serving the local community.