Young Leaders of SSM Health

The spirit of courage, compassion, and generosity of the SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis and our benefactors is not only a part of our history, it is also a part of our future.

The Young Leaders of the SSM Health Foundation work to connect our initiatives and resources to those in our communities who need them most. Through networking and volunteer efforts, these young philanthropists are helping to support SSM Health caregivers and their patients and bring exceptional health care to everyone in their communities.

In addition to outreach, fundraising, and mentorship, the Young Leaders of the SSM Health Foundation host an annual “Pop the Stigma” event to raise awareness of and funding for SSM Health Foundation Behavioral Health efforts and break down the stigma associated with mental health.

We hold a spirit of shared courage and common good close to our hearts at SSM Health Foundation, as do the people we serve. Nothing is more inspiring to us than to see the legacy of our founding sisters carried on through the next generation and the future leaders of our communities.

Are you or a young person you know looking for a way to make a powerful impact in your community? Contact us to learn more about becoming a Young Leader of the SSM Health Foundation.

We strive to provide compassionate and exceptional care to our patients and their families.

*All photos of the Young Leaders were taken at events held prior to the pandemic.

“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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