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SSM Health partners with Siemens Healthineers to improve care and train workers

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The organizations touted enhanced diagnostic and imaging services aimed at improving health equity, as well as efforts to train more radiologic technologists.

SSM Health and Siemens Healthineers have announced a partnership aimed at expanding services to patients and addressing workforce challenges.

SSM Health and Siemens Healthineers have announced a partnership aimed at expanding services to patients and training workers. (Image provided by Siemens Healthineers)

SSM Health and Siemens Healthineers have announced a partnership aimed at expanding services to patients and training workers. (Image provided by Siemens Healthineers)

The Catholic Health System and the medical technology company based in Germany announced the partnership this week. The two organizations touted the opportunity to provide better care and training opportunities.

The organizations said the partnership will offer improved diagnostic and imaging capabilities for SSM Health. Siemens will provide software and other technology solutions.

Based in St. Louis, SSM Health operates 23 hospitals and more than 300 other care sites serving patients in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. SSM Health and Siemens said the partnership is aimed at improving health equity.

They plan to develop programs in underserved communities to expand early detection and management of chronic diseases. Those efforts will include vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas.

“At SSM Health, we are working to ensure all people have access to high-quality, compassionate, and affordable care, but we can’t do this alone,” Jeremy Fotheringham, regional president of  SSM Health, said in a statement.

“Siemens Healthineers shares our deep-rooted commitment to innovation, quality, and value. We are thrilled to partner with them in our mission to transform health care delivery and address the health equity gap in our communities,” he added.

In addition to focusing on closing disparities in care, SSM Health and Siemens said they are teaming up to address the shortage of radiologic technologists.

The organizations plan on creating local imaging apprenticeship programs to train technologists. They plan to partner with other community organizations, including The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

“Our partnership with SSM Health will serve the local communities, taking into account the social and environmental determinants that influence patient health in support of long-term well-being,” David Pacitti, president and head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers, said in a statement.

"This relationship underscores our mutual commitment to providing quality care and making a positive impact in the lives of everyone, everywhere," Pacitti said.


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