SSM Health Foundation Gala

SAVE THE DATE – October 9, 2021
Hyatt Regency St. Louis

SSM Health Foundation Gala 2021

What an amazing night we had October 9!

RISE, the 2021 SSM Health Foundation Gala, broke all kinds of records—even before the doors opened, we’d raised more than $500,000 to support programs that improve the health of our community!

It was such a magical evening, bringing together so many of our friends, supporters, partners and benefactors for an emotional night that invited everyone to reconnect after being apart for far too long. Special thanks to Kennedy Holmes and the Central Baptist Choir, whose musical performance served as the high point of an unforgettable evening!

We want to thank everyone who turned out to help our community’s most vulnerable members through their generous support of SSM Health Community Health programs. Because of you, we’re better able to help families struggling with hunger, homelessness and unemployment, and to expand access to care and transportation for those who need it most.


Relive the 2021 SSM Health Foundation Gala

Photos from This Year’s Gala

Thank You to This Year’s Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Edward Jones


Diamond Sponsors

Alberici Constructors


Gold Sponsors


Dinner & Wine Course Sponsors

SSM Health DePaul Hospital Medical Staff


Silver Sponsors

Comprehensive Care Services
Clayton Valet


Christner Incorporated
Enterprise Bank & Trust




SSM Health
SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles Medical Staff


SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Campus Executive Team
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Medical Staff


“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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