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.
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.”
Florissant residents can haul down the clutter from their attics and treasures from their garages for the 7th Annual Florissant Garage Sale.
The garage sale will be held at the James J. Eagan Ice Rink area on April 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All of the usual garage sale items can be found throughout the sale, as well as some unusual items. Each applicant will only receive one space and must be a Florissant resident.
The James J. Eagan Center will be hosting a Spring break camp Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children ages 6-12. The camp will be similar to the Summer Playground program with fun games and activities. Children will also be able to go swimming several days during camp.
The Florissant Fine Arts Council presents Churchill starring Andrew Edlin, March 12 at 2 p.m.
It’s April 1955. Churchill, aged 80, agonizes in his wartime bunker below London. After dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip, Churchill must decide whether to resign as Prime Minister. The Cold War is gathering pace. He does not trust his successor. Churchill is tired, forgetting names and losing his grip. As he tries to decide what to do, he reviews his unique life, filled with history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments and funny stories.
The Florissant Civic Center Theatre and Alpha Players present To Kill a Mockingbird March 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m.