The generosity of our SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis benefactors makes possible a variety of vital health care programs and initiatives. Through your gifts, people throughout the St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County, and Metro East regions have access to a brighter – and healthier – future. Explore just some of the ways that your dollars are at work in our communities.
With your help, SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis recently funded several safety and security cameras for the courtyard area for behavioral health patients. It has been proven that the outdoors can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression; it was limiting that behavioral health patients couldn’t experience this respite during their days. The outdoor areas are now open for business; the additional cameras allow for patient programming to take place in nature. The ministry anticipates increased use of the courtyard and enhanced patient experience scores as a result!
In partnership with the Raymond and Grace Harmon Charitable Foundation, SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis was able to purchase head coverings and professional cleaning/sanitization of wigs for patients undergoing chemotherapy and or radiation. For an estimated 240 patients, these wigs and hair coverings now bring much-needed comfort and confidence after treatment.
Inspired by the compassion of Ms. Jane Beckman, a local organ donor and passionate advocate for transplant patients, the SSM Health Foundation-Mid America Transplant and the SSM St. Louis University School of Medicine joined together in the creation of a new endowed chair to support groundbreaking work in the field of transplantation: The Mid-America Jane Beckman Endowed Chair. This endowment will support the work of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Transplant Center Director of Living Donation and Co-Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Krista Lentine.
Your dollars helped the SSM Health Medical Group launch The Executive Health program, which provides wellness services to the area’s first responders. Currently, the program provides medical evaluations to over 2,000 fire fighters, paramedics, and police officers. In 2019, the program incorporated first responder-specific behavioral health assessments into the wellness program and brought on a therapist who identified that individual stress and trauma was affecting marriages and family life. SSM Health Foundation- St. Louis is honored to provide the funding for the continuing education of the program’s primary therapist. This additional knowledge base and skillset will help thousands of first responders continue the path towards holistic behavioral health and wellness.
Food insecurity is one of the most difficult situations a parent or guardian can experience; not knowing where your family’s next meal will come from is extremely distressing, and 1 in 6 individuals lives in poverty and struggles with hunger in the greater St. Louis region. Thanks to your gifts, the SSM Health DePaul Hospital Food Pantry is bringing access to nutritious food to our community and will become the first hospital system in the St. Louis region to have a formal partnership with local food pantries. Read more.
For over 12 years, the SSM Health Weight Management Program at SSM Health DePaul Hospital—St. Louis has been the preeminent program in Missouri, offering holistic approaches to weight management utilizing both inpatient and outpatient wellness procedures. Read more.
Interested in helping to fund an innovative health care program in your community? Make a gift today to see your dollars at work and impact the lives of people throughout our region.
When Tom Bushlack, Ph.D., Regional Director of Mission Integration for SSM Health St. Louis began researching moral distress prevalent among health care providers, he came across Schwartz Rounds—grand rounds style events that focus on a case or a theme related to the emotional impact of patient care that care team members experience. Recognizing that moral distress was a key component of caregiver burnout, and all-too-aware that health care crisis situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbate caregiver burnout, he felt compelled to bring the Schwartz Rounds concept to SSM healthcare system. “I wanted to support the caregivers during this time of extreme stress,” he shared. The SSM Health Foundation’s Urgent Response Fund helped to provide 20 SSM employees system-wide to be trained in this method and one year of system-wide membership to allow the ministries to offer Schwartz Rounds. This unique methodology will contribute to the wellbeing of providers and allow for the processing of complex emotions during difficult times in health care.
In August 2020, in response to an increase of patients in our communities going to emergency rooms to receive mental and behavioral health treatment, SSM Health opened the SSM Health Behavioral Health Urgent Care center. Located on the DePaul Hospital campus, this center provides a much-needed resource for patients living with chronic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety, as well as addition. Rather than relying on emergency rooms, whose limited behavioral health resources often result in long wait times and lack of access to follow-up treatment, now those living with mental illnesses in our communities can receive the thorough and personalized care they need.
We strive to provide compassionate and exceptional care to our patients and their families.
“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
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