At SSM Health Foundation, we believe in the healing power of presence. When facing a cancer diagnosis, the people of our communities deserve access to not only the most innovative medical technologies and treatment options, but also to highly-trained health care professionals who work to heal through compassionate human connection.
By supporting our SSM Health Cancer Care efforts, you are giving our community’s SSM Health care providers the tools, training, and technology they need to deliver exceptional care, and their patients the support and strength they and their families need to heal.
Your gifts to SSM Health Cancer Care support:
- Patient-centered treatment programs
- Innovative medical equipment and technology
- State-of-the-art caregiver training
- Preventive care programs, training, and equipment
- Patient and patient family support efforts
- And more
Make a gift to support SSM Health Foundation oncology efforts today. You can also support our oncology efforts by attending or sponsoring our annual SSM Health Foundation Gala – HOPE BLOOMS to raise funding for SSM Health Cancer Care initiatives. Your generosity helps to ensure that those battling cancer in our communities have access to the best treatment options – and never face their diagnosis alone.
Patient Impact: Cancer Care
“The spirit of Ms. Catherine Hamilton is remarkable. Radiant with an aura of joy and positivity, Ms. C.H. as we loving call her, is a cancer patient who takes care of herself physically and spiritually. During a clinic visit, Ms. C.H. was not her usual self. She had recently lost her job as a massage therapist because she could not work with ongoing chemotherapy. Ms. C.H. was feeling loss of what she loved and experiencing the extreme difficulty of keeping up with finances. She was experiencing a clinical depression and although I offered her help in the form of medication, she declined and responded, ‘If I could just work.’
Eventually I called her and asked if she could come to the hospital and give me a massage. We set up an appointment and I experienced her healing touch. At Ms. C.H.’s next visit, she shared that having the experience to return to work again along with her spiritual connection helped her overcome the depression. Ms. C.H. reminded me that connection is as important as the science. We definitely helped each other that day.” ~ Dr. Sunda Abass
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – St. Louis houses an Internal Medicine Residency Program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Through the SSM Health St. Mary’s Internal Medicine Clinic, top doctors are recruited and work under direct supervision of a dedicated clinic faculty member throughout their residency. This clinic offers primary health care services to patients who are under insured or uninsured. Individuals who might go without preventative health care can receive it here with little or no co-payment. Currently through this clinic, over 800 patients receive proactive care so they can lead healthier lives. Dr. Sunda Abbas is a resident who works with Catherine to manage Catherine’s fight against cancer.