In with the new

SSM Health Care names new St. Louis CEO

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - Ashok Selvam

Along­time ex­ec­u­tive with SSM Health Care is the new pres­i­dent and CEO of its St. Louis op­er­a­tions, which in­cludes seven of the St. Louis-based sys­tem’s 13 hos­pi­tals. SSM an­nounced last week that Chris Howard, 47, as­sumed lead­er­ship in midDe­cem­ber from Jim Sanger, 67, who said in July that he would re­tire at the end of the year.

Howard has been with the sys­tem for 17 years, most re­cently as re­gional pres­i­dent and sys­tem vice pres­i­dent of SSM Health Care of Ok­la­homa. Howard now over­sees an in­te­grated health­care net­work in St. Louis that in­cludes 2,500 staff doc­tors and more than 11,200 em­ploy­ees. He also rep­re­sents the St. Louis re­gion as a sys­tem vice pres­i­dent for SSM Health Care.

SSM Health Care Pres­i­dent and CEO Bill Thomp­son said in a news re­lease that Howard “is com­mit­ted to ex­cep­tional pa­tient care, and his abil­ity to forge creative re­la­tion­ships with physi­cians is ex­actly the kind of lead­er­ship that will ben­e­fit pa­tients.”

For the nine months that ended Sept. 30, 2011, ac­cord­ing to unau­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments, SSM Health Care recorded op­er­at­ing in­come of $48.2 mil­lion on $2.3 bil­lion in op­er­at­ing rev­enue, although net in­come was driven down to $3.6 mil­lion by in­vest­ment losses.


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