St. Louis Corporate Partners & Community Event

August 26, 2020 at 11:00am CST

During our 2020 Corporate Partners & Community Virtual Event, we were joined by SSM Health’s Chief Community Health Officer and St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force Incident Commander Dr. Alexander Garza. Dr. Garza shared with us his insights regarding our region’s COVID-19 response, including what he and the Pandemic Task Force are doing to monitor and combat the spread of the virus in our region.

Key takeaways from the presentation included:

  • Details on the beginnings of SSM’s disaster preparedness when a global pandemic began to seem likely at the start of 2020
  • How the St. Louis community and surrounding counties came together to create a plan that would sustain our health care systems in order to support patients and combat the spread of the disease
  • Ways that local universities joined the fight by providing pivotal data analysis in order to create accurate projections moving forward into the future
  • What’s next: from the SLU Vaccine Research Center who is currently in the midst of phase 3 vaccine trials to continued risk minimization within our area

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Thank You to Our Sponsor

“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.”
– Greg Hesser, Chairman SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis Board of Trustees
“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.”
– Sue Schaeffer, Grateful Patient Family
“Everyone did really well as a team in my stay of the labor and delivery. And my babies are 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.”
– Grateful Patient
“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.”
– Husband of Grateful Patient
“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.”
– Gary Foree, Cancer Survivor and SSM Health Cancer Care Volunteer Advocate
“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.”
– Tina Garrison, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital President
“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 our Honor Your Caregiver program. I hope you, too, will join me in showing your appreciation for the phenomenal care you received.”
– Josh Terrio, Grateful Patient

“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.”

– Jay Delsing, PGA Tour Professional & Grateful Patient

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