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A Message From Dean Jacobs

Acting Dean Jacobs

Dear School of Medicine Alumni,

On Friday, May 6, 2022, SSM Health and Saint Louis University signed a definitive agreement to integrate SLUCare with SSM Health. When this agreement closes, expected in midsummer, SLUCare’s integration with SSM Health will create one of the region’s leading integrated healthcare networks. It will expand access to quality Catholic health care to more patients across the St. Louis region and allow SLUCare to grow and flourish. 

The SLUCare-SSM Health integration results from a partnership that has grown since 2015 between the School of Medicine, SLUCare and SSM Health. This partnership led to the $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SLUCare’s Center for Specialized Medicine on South Grand Boulevard in 2020.

The agreement will establish the SLUCare Physician Group as the academic practice of SSM, alongside the community SSM Medical Group practice. The agreement includes a substantial contribution that will enable SLU to establish a new transformational endowment for the School of Medicine. This endowment will strengthen and support our core education and research missions, provide resources for the appointment of permanent chairs, and help develop new state-of-the-art educational facilities.

We are enthusiastic about this agreement and excited about the prospect of growing our tradition of providing excellent health care in our community, engaging our students in diverse learning experiences, and expanding our research at the School of Medicine.


Acting Dean Jacob's signature

Christine K. Jacobs, M.D.
Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs
Saint Louis University School of Medicine