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Published on September 27, 2016

New name, renewed promise

You may have noticed a recent change at our hospitals and medical group locations – new signs, a new look and a new name. The change is significant, but this new name – SSM Health – is a thoughtful, meaningful change.

Many people have asked, “Who is SSM Health?” We are a Catholic, not-for-profit health system based in St. Louis, MO. With physicians, hospitals and
 health services in four states – Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma – SSM Health is one of the largest integrated health systems in the country.

Here in Wisconsin, SSM Health includes St. Mary’s Hospitals in Madison and Janesville, St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, more than 50 Dean Medical Group locations, Dean Health Plan, St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison, St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo and Navitus, a pharmacy benefit management services company.

We are also a health care organization with a Mission, a purpose.

“Our purpose is to heal and serve. We do this through exceptional care, quality and service,” says Damond Boatwright, SSM Health Regional President of Hospital Operations. “While our name has changed, our Mission and commitment to caring for the whole person has not.”

SSM Health has a long standing tradition of providing exceptional and compassionate care to patients. In 1872 a small congregation of nuns known as the Sisters of St. Mary founded the organization when they immigrated to St. Louis from Germany with one goal in mind: to care for the sick.

Throughout the following decades, the sisters answered the call to care for sick and poor people across Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. In the early 1900s a plea for help came from Wisconsin – a request to build a hospital in Madison.

In 1912 the sisters opened St. Mary’s Hospital, partnering with one of the local physicians who petitioned for a new hospital – Dr. Joseph Dean of Dean Clinic. This partnership continued through 2013 when SSM Health and Dean Clinic officially joined as one organization.

Throughout the past century SSM Health has answered the call to help other Wisconsin communities, opening St. Clare Hospital in 1963, opening primary and specialty care locations across south-central Wisconsin and building St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville in 2012. In September 2013, SSM Health and Dean Health System solidified their longstanding partnership when the two organizations merged.

On August 31, 2016, we unified our services, locations and staff under one name – SSM Health.

 “Though SSM Health has been providing high-quality compassionate health care services in Wisconsin for generations, we are making this change now to formally connect our facilities and services,” says Boatwright. “Uniting under one name gives us the opportunity to show that our Mission, our physicians and staff and our services are all committed to what our founding sisters were committed to – the people we serve.”

Now, 140 years after those sisters first arrived, SSM Health is a fully integrated health care system committed to providing exceptional care to every patient we serve across the Midwest.

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