Funding Priorities

For nearly 150 years, our work at SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis has been committed to a singular purpose: through unwavering faith and compassion, we help deliver exceptional health care to our communities. For our founding sisters, that meant understanding and addressing the most pressing immediate needs of the people – for us, it means the same thing today.

We work in close partnership with SSM Health Hospitals (Ministries) and caregivers in the St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County and Metro East regions to make sure that those looking to make a direct philanthropic impact in our region always have a way to respond to our communities’ needs. Whether it means responding quickly in times of crisis, partnering with a specific hospital to bring a new resource to their community, or funding region-wide caregiver support programs, we work in shared courage with our benefactors to help SSM Health hospitals and health care workers respond swiftly to their patients’ needs.

This spirit of shared courage for a common good is not an exception in our region, but an identifying characteristic of our beautiful and diverse community – one that we see time and again as friends and neighbors come together to support and care for one another.

Explore Our Current Funding Priorities

SSM Health Behavioral Health
SSM Health Cancer Care
SSM Health Women’s Health
SSM Health Community Health
SSM Health Training & Education

Want your gift to be automatically applied to the greatest need in your community right now? Make a gift to the Greatest Need Fund for any of our SSM Health Hospitals here.

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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