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, President

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

Sarah J. Jennings, CFRE: Director, Corporate & Foundation Giving

Grant Development

Iris Calloway, Corporate Giving Officer

Donor Engagement

Emily Kilgore: Major Gift and Planned Giving Officer

Maureen Herrmann

Maureen Herrmann: Major Gift and Planned Giving Officer

Gift Shops & Auxiliaries

Cindy Woodley: Director, Auxiliaries & Gift Shops

Marketing & Events

Christina Schellhardt, Director of Marketing & External Relations

Erin Estopare, Marketing & Events Coordinator


Krista Barry, Foundation Coordinator

Theresa Mitchell, Prospect Research Coordinator

Melissa Smith, Foundation 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 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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