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Oberle Institute Mission

Assisting Individuals On The Journey From Surviving To Thriving

Andrew and Patients
Left: Oberle Institute Executive Director and peer visitor, Andrew Oberle, visits with Marcie during one of her visits back to the doctor after hospitalization. Middle: Genva shows off her new prosthetic. Right: Andrew visits Genva as she makes strides after receiving her new prosthetic leg. Andrew spent time visiting with each of these inspirational individuals during their hospitalizations and became great friends. We are so proud of their progress!

Value Statement

The mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care, and service to the community. Following in this mission, the Oberle Institute will excel in:

  • Providing individualized, comprehensive, and longitudinal support that empowers survivors of traumatic injuries and helps them develop resiliency and achieve optimal post-traumatic growth
  • Conducting innovative clinical and translational research to improve care for this unique patient population
  • Educating the next generation of health care providers in an interdisciplinary, complex patient care setting
  • Developing and advocating health policy initiatives to advance legislation that facilitates government support for this unique patient population
  • Expanding the Catholic Jesuit value of serving God and all humanity by taking the Oberle Institute model to international mission sites and empowering local communities to best care for their traumatically injured patient population

The Oberle Institute will foster maximal recovery grounded in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition of exceptional education and compassionate care.

In the spirit of cura personalis, a Jesuit ideal meaning “care of the whole person,” an expert team of physicians and other health care providers from more than a dozen departments at Saint Louis University and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital will partner together to provide each patient with a personalized treatment program designed to treat the whole person and help them get from the emergency room to living life to the fullest.

The Oberle Institute will provide patients with a clear understanding of their treatment and a feeling of empowerment to grow, make their own decisions, and thrive in every aspect of recovery. This type of compassionate, patient-centered care ensures that each patient heals on all levels, achieves optimal post-traumatic growth during recovery, and regains the confidence to live as fully as possible.