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SSM Health Names Laura Kaiser as Next President, CEO Effective May 1

Laura Kaiser

Laura Kaiser

Following a nationwide search, the SSM Health Board of Directors has selected Laura Kaiser as the health system’s new President/Chief Executive Officer. Kaiser will begin with SSM Health on May 1 and replace William P. Thompson, who will retire at the end of April after 37 years of service with the organization.
Kaiser is an accomplished health care executive with more than 30 years of experience in improving clinical quality and patient satisfaction, fueling operational performance and growth, and successfully facilitating health care integration. She comes to SSM Health from Intermountain Healthcare, where she has served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the past five years.
Prior to Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser spent 15 years at Ascension Health, serving in a number of leadership roles,
including Ministry Market Leader of the Gulf Coast/Florida region for Ascension and President/CEO at Sacred Heart Health System.
“Ms. Kaiser is a gifted and visionary leader with a proven track record of achieving extraordinary results,” said David Cosby, Board Chair, SSM Health Board of Directors.
“As President/CEO of SSM Health, Kaiser will be responsible for leading all aspects of one of the largest integrated health care systems in the nation. She will be instrumental in guiding SSM Health’s transition to a value-based model of care as it strives to improve the health of the community, further enhance the patient and member experience, and lower the overall cost of care.
“It is an honor and a privilege to join the wonderful SSM Health caregiver team and to lead this extraordinary faith-based health care system with an international reputation for quality,” said Kaiser.
Kaiser, a Missouri native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master in Healthcare Administration from Saint Louis University. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Dog Safety Class at JFK Center

Eddie the dog and his Mom P.O. Lori Mahn are the newest members of the Parks & Recreation staff. They will be hosting a class Saturday, March 11 from 10 –11 a.m. at the JFK Center for everyone to learn how to be “ A Dog Listener – learn to be safe around dogs.”

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Bell Family Reunites with ‘Special Delivery’ Christian Hospital, Black Jack First Responders

  The Bell family, from left: Linda, Jason, Dorothy, Justin and Jasmine with St. Louis County Officer Bob Rinck and Christian Hospital EMS paramedics Jeremy Bell and Tricia O’Laughlin.

The Bell family, from left: Linda, Jason, Dorothy, Justin and Jasmine with St. Louis County Officer Bob Rinck and Christian Hospital EMS paramedics Jeremy Bell and Tricia O’Laughlin.

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Northside/Southside Metrolink Study Meeting Downtown Feb. 24

 cmt_TalkingTransit-1120x670  The public is invited to an informational discussion of MetroLink expansion study currently underway; however, there is a charge to attend the meeting. Citizens for Modern Transit and the St. Louis Regional Chamber will host the event at the St. Louis Regional Collaboration Center in downtown St. Louis on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m.

   Dan Meyers, project manager from AECOM, the consulting firm leading the study, will lead the discussion. Meyers will provide information on the background and scope of the study and answer questions from those in attendance. The18-month study examines a portion of the route known as the Northside/Southside.

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Christian Hospital Annual Annual Heart Fair Feb. 18

christian_hospitalLoretta LaRoche, the internationally acclaimed stress management and humor consultant, will present “Siren of Stress” at Christian Hospital’s Heart Fair on Saturday, Feb. 18. In addition to the comedy of LaRoche, there will also be presentations to raise awareness of heart disease. All lectures and presentations are between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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St. Louis County Executive Welcomes Ste. Genevieve County to PDMP

th   St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has announced Ste. Genevieve County, has signed a user agreement to join the County’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database.

“Heroin is a deadly epidemic in our region and throughout the state,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Many users begin with prescription drugs. I commend Ste. Genevieve for partnering with us to combat to the rapidly growing opioid and heroin abuse in our state.”

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