ST. LOUIS – SSM Health has named E. Gaye Woods, MBA, 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 System Director of Community Benefit for SCL Health, Ms. Woods is responsible for advancing initiatives that positively impact the overall health of the communities the Catholic health system serves across Colorado, Montana and Kansas, with a special focus on the underserved. She designs and implements programs that connect clinical delivery with community-based services to address the needs of vulnerable populations, including the underlying social determinants of health.
“Ms. Woods’ dedication to the mission of Catholic health care and her work to positively impact diverse and vulnerable populations make her an ideal fit for SSMHM and our Board,” said Larry LeGrand, SSMHM President. “She will be a strong addition to our governance team as we work to transform health care for our communities.”
Ms. Woods serves as Chair of the Advisory Board on Community Benefit for the Catholic Health Association and also is a member of CHA’s Advocacy & Public Policy Committee. She also is a Board Member for the Community First Foundation in Denver, Colo., and served as a Board Member for the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation in Denver, as well as the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
“Throughout her career, Ms. Woods has demonstrated an unrelenting commitment to eliminating health disparities for underserved populations and partnering with community organizations that have a similar focus,” said Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, President and CEO of SSM Health. “Her expertise and insight will be great assets to our ministry as we continue working to ensure high-quality care is both affordable and accessible for everyone we serve.”
Ms. Woods received her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications and Marketing from Texas Tech University