Maryland Heights’ SSM Healthcare expands

March 30, 2013 by  

It looks like Maryland Heights’ local SSM Healthcare will soon be adding the words ‘Urgent Care Center’ to its business card printing .

The St.Louis-headquartered healthcare company got the go-ahead to expand its Dorsett Village location at a city council meeting this month. In a unanimous decision, the council approved plans to add an urgent care facility to SSM’s current seven-physician facility, adding a walk-in patient service for non-critical injuries and changing operating hours to a more convenient 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. schedule. The urgent care center is expected to open by April 1.

SSM Healthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare system sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, founded in 1874 by Mother Mary Odilia Berger, a German immigrant to St. Louis, and four of her fellow nuns. From small beginnings as nurses during the city’s 1872 smallpox epidemic, the Sisters of St. Mary expanded their efforts to eventually operate a group of area hospitals. SSM Healthcare was formed from those hospitals in 1986, consolidating the management of the hospitals under a central authority.

SSM outlined its goals for the center in a letter to City Planner Michael Zeek, saying:

“Access to convenient medical services is a top priority for residents and an asset to your community. SSM Health Care is excited about the opportunity to expand the services we provide in Maryland Heights.”

Currently, SSM Healthcare operates hospitals, clinics, and care centers in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, employing more than 7,000 physicians and 25,000 other employees. In 2002, the service won the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, which ranks as the United States’ premiere award for excellence in healthcare service.