The Foundation


Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.

We help meet the needs of our community by raising awareness and financial support for various medical outreach and advancement programs throughout our region, including:

  • Patient Impact Programs
  • Educational | Greatest Need
  • Capital, Facilities | Equipment Improvements

We exist to support the healing hands and hearts of the SSM Health nurses and physicians who choose to dedicate their lives to taking care of our community. Nearly 150 years after our founding, we continue to be inspired and moved by the generosity of our benefactors, and we are honored to work tirelessly alongside them to help fund innovative services, advanced technologies, unique patient-centered programs, and facility improvements across our region’s hospitals.


SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis is comprised of a group of compassionate, committed people who approach every day with a mission-driven mindset.


Paul R. Ross

Ryan McDannold
Assistant Vice President

Amy H. Collard
Director, Operations

Administrative Support

Kim Cadle
Executive Assistant

Doris J. Dednam
Foundation Department Assistant

Corporate & Foundation Engagement

Iris Calloway
Corporate Giving Officer

John Mertens

John Mertens, M.A.
Grants Development Manager

Sue Adams

Sue Adams
Director of Major Giving

Jeanne Malpiedi Hampson
Foundation Coordinator

Donor Engagement

Maureen Herrmann

Maureen Herrmann
Major Gift & Planned Giving Officer

Erin Estopare
Major Gift & Planned Giving Officer

Marketing & Events

Alison White
Manager of Marketing and Events


Melissa Smith
Senior Foundation Coordinator

Paula Napier

Paula Napier
Foundation Coordinator

Theresa Mitchell
Prospect Research Coordinator

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 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.”

– 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, President, SSM Health DePaul Hospital – St. Louis

“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.”

– 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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