Who We Are
A shared courage. A common good.
In 1872, our founding sisters began their ministry of healing with just $5 and a basket to collect donations and carry medical supplies to serve those in need. Today, nearly 150 years later, the SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis carries on their legacy of courage and compassion through fundraising efforts to support our SSM Health hospitals, health care workers, and patients.
When asked what we do, the reply is often: we aim to provide benefactors with the opportunity to turn their philanthropic investment into meaningful impact. But what does that really mean? Put simply:
We connect the hearts of our benefactors to the health of our communities.
When someone gives to the SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis, they’re investing much more than time or money. Just like our founding sisters, they’re courageously and compassionately investing in progress and people. We help make sure their generosity makes a direct, local impact by funding health care needs for SSM Health hospitals in the St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County, and Metro East regions of Missouri.
“Being a part of SSM is personal. The care and compassion they provided to my family was really helpful during a time I needed it most.”
“SSM really listens to us. Because their mission is grounded in the same mission that I think the core values are of a loving family. Their mission is that the patient’s comfort and healing come first.”
“Everyone did really well as a team during my stay in labor and delivery. And my babies were cared for very well in the NICU. I would recommend this hospital to anyone in the world. Thank you for a great and comfortable stay and for always caring for my needs.”
“It was a scary moment, but they were there with us…not only to take care of my wife, but also – all of us family members. With certain protocols in place, I didn’t think my wife would be here. I hate to imagine if she would have been hospitalized somewhere else.”
“The people of SSM Health made me feel like I was going to survive when I didn’t believe it myself. I really believe they are the reason I am here today. SSM is my guardian angel.”
“SSM Health care workers often see their work as a calling rather than just a profession. I am glad that they feel called, because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to do everything they need to do to support these patients…it has been all hands-on deck, and they have really risen to the challenge and done so cheerfully because they do think it is a calling. They’re the ones in the room where difficult conversations are held. And sometimes they’re the ones holding the hands of patients as they’re passing into the next world.”
“To show our appreciation for the exceptional care and compassion I received from the nurses, doctors, and staff at SSM Health, we have chosen to make a gift in their honor through your ‘Honor Your Caregiver’ program. I hope you, too, will join me in showing your appreciation for the phenomenal care you received.”
“My care at SSM Health Rehabilitation was beyond medical. From start to finish, the therapists paid attention to all of my needs and cared for me as if I were a family member. They restored my strength and my mobility — things I need in my chosen profession as a golf pro. I’m grateful for them, and it’s an experience that I will never forget.”