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News Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals are now SSM Health!

Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals are now SSM Health!

Rose Aldag-McVey, Marketing Communications Specialist
8/24/2015

​New name reflects commitment to providing an exceptional patient experience


Contact: Rose Aldag-McVey
Phone: 618-436-6450

Mt. Vernon, IL (August 24, 2015) – Employees celebrated at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital–Mt. Vernon and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Centralia this afternoon as hospital leaders raised their glasses and unveiled a new sign along with a renewed commitment to patients. Beginning today, the hospitals, medical group and convenient cares in Southern Illinois will be known as:


SSM Health, with its focus on providing affordable and high-quality care to the community, is working to transform health care by delivering a consistently positive experience and increased accessibility to our patients. To accomplish this goal, SSM Health locations will be offering new convenient hours, as well as the tools and information that patients need to stay healthy.
 
“Our hospitals, convenient cares and medical group have had the honor and privilege of serving patients in the Southern Illinois area and beyond,” said Phil Gustafson, regional president of SSM Health in Southern Illinois. “Recently our St. Louis locations adopted SSM Health, as have other hospitals and clinics across our health system. By uniting under this common name, our patients, employees and community will know to expect an exceptional experience every time they see SSM Health.”

SSM Health is building upon its mission with new energy and a focus to the future of health care. The name SSM Health was unveiled in Fall 2014 when the new SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City opened. SSM Health’s other clinics, hospitals and health care services in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will transition to the new name within the next two years.
 
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About SSM Health

SSM Health​ is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. 

With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and two Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. For more information, find us on Facebook​ and Twitter.​

About SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital–Mt. Vernon, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 134-bed hospital with the only open heart surgery program in the region. In 2015, the hospital launched a new pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital​. For three consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Patient Safety Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Citation of Merit Award for Outstanding Patient Care. 

About SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital–Centralia, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 113-bed hospital specializing in cancer care. For six consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and with the Critical Care Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia with the Citation of Merit Award for High-Value Healthcare.

​About SSM Health Medical Group in Southern Illinois

​SSM Health Medical Group, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, includes more than 50 primary and specialty care physicians in over 15 locations in Southern Illinois. Along with two Convenient Care locations, the Medical Group delivers primary and emergency care with extended hours seven days-a-week. SSM Health Medical Group physicians also offer patients MyChart—a convenient and secure personal health record. MyChart helps patients communicate with their physician’s office, refill prescriptions, and​ hold their place in line at SSM Health Convenient Care locations or emergency rooms.