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Our Mission & Values

Our Mission: Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.

Spending nearly one year developing a single Mission statement and values for the entire organization, SSM Health tasked 3,000 employees with framing it just right. Today that Mission statement is 13 words – short by design. Inspired by our founding religious sisters, our Mission defines the way we do things. Because those words come from employees, we embrace the mission as our own.

Our Heritage of Healing

Read more about SSM Health’s rich history that began on Nov. 16, 1872 in St. Louis and how we have grown from our humble beginnings.

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Watch Our Story

Enjoy this video featuring an extraordinary group of women who began the healing ministry that has grown into an integrated health system serving the needs of communities across the Midwest.

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SSM Health Heritage Timeline

Take a journey through a digital timeline of SSM Health’s history to learn more about our sacred ministry that spans more than 147 years.

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Inspired by our founding religious sisters, we value the sacredness and dignity of each person. Therefore, we find these five values consistent with our heritage and ministry:

  • Compassion: We reveal the healing presence of God through compassionate care focused on the fullness of the person.
  • Respect: We respect life at all stages and promote the dignity and well-being of every person.
  • Excellence: We provide exceptional care and service through employees and physicians dedicated to our Mission.
  • Stewardship: We use financial, human and natural resources responsibly and care for the environment.
  • Community: We cultivate relationships that inspire service and promote justice in our organization and throughout our communities, with special concern for the poor and marginalized.

SSM Health’s Quality Principles

  • Patients and other customers are our first priority.
  • Quality is achieved through people.
  • All work is part of a process.
  • Decision-making by facts.
  • Quality requires continuous quality improvement.


Through our participation in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, communities, especially those that are economically, physically and socially marginalized, will experience improved health in mind, body, spirit and environment within the financial limits of the system.

SSM Health Heritage Tour

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