ST. LOUIS – SSM Health has named Samuel L. Ross, MD, MS, to SSM Health Ministries (SSMHM) and its Board of Directors. SSMHM is the sponsoring body responsible for preserving SSM Health’s Roman Catholic identity and serving as liaison to the Vatican.
As the past President of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Dr. Ross was one of health care’s early leaders in working to eliminate health disparities in U.S. communities. He currently serves Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) as Chief Community Health Officer where he is responsible for community education, prevention and wellness, and other programs that address the social determinants of health.
“Dr. Ross’ impressive background and passion for serving others through the ministry of Catholic health care make him a wonderful addition to SSMHM and our Board,” said Larry LeGrand, SSMHM President. “He will be an invaluable partner as we continue our work to transform health care in our communities throughout the Midwest.”
Dr. Ross served as Board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore branch, and is the immediate past Board Chair for 340B Health. He also served as a Board Member for America’s Essential Hospitals, chairing the Membership Committee, and has earned numerous awards and recognitions including being named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. In 2018, Dr. Ross was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism in Maryland. He served on the Baltimore City Police Commissioner’s African American Advisory Council, the Board of Behavioral Health System Baltimore, and in 2015, he co-chaired the mayor’s Heroine Treatment and Prevention Task Force.
“Dr. Ross is greatly respected in our industry as a pioneer in addressing the social determinants of health and we are thrilled to have him join our ministry,” said Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, President and CEO of SSM Health. “His experience and expertise will help us further our Mission to provide exceptional, affordable and accessible care to everyone we serve, particularly those who are most vulnerable.”
Dr. Ross received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Science in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.