Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a part of our past, but is also the key to our future success.

SSM Health has a long history of diversity and inclusion. Our founding Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, opened the first Catholic Hospital for African Americans in the nation in 1933. The hospital welcomed African American patients, and it offered African American physicians and nurses the opportunity to practice their profession. SSM Health represents the very best of what it means to be a healthcare professional and a good citizen. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not just a business imperative; it’s a reflection of God’s universal compassion for all of mankind. 

Our Journey to Diversity

SSM Health’s history and our values are born out of a Mission that promotes diversity and inclusion. From 1872 to present day, we're committed to celebrating diversity.

Organizational Diversity

We're dedicated to serving all patients who enter our doors regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, national origin, or gender.

Leadership's Commitment

For SSM Health, diversity is both a moral and business imperative. In other words, it’s the right thing to do.​​​​​​​ At SSM Health, doing the right thing will always be a part of our consciousness.
The basis of medical science is to see and diagnose illnesses, indiscriminate of whatever forms they may present. But what makes clinicians and medical providers special is an ingrained love of humanity that gives them the capacity to truly care for all people whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by illness.

SSM Health represents the very best of what it means to be a clinician and a good citizen. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is not just a business imperative; it’s a reflection of God’s universal compassion for all of mankind. Every day in our practices, we see the benefits of diversity and inclusion as we work together, unified by a Mission statement that was crafted by all the members of our Healing ministry: Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.

At SSM Health, our work together is ensuring that the delivery of quality care is equitable and accessible for all the populations we serve, especially our most vulnerable.

Alexander Garza, MD, MPH

Chief Community Health Officer, SSM Health

SSM Health is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. At SSM Health, we realize that workplace diversity is essential if we want to be competitive in our health care markets. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of diversity among our employees, patients and customers. Learn about our equal opportunity policy.

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