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SSM Health Care partners with SIUE to offer online BS in nursing degree to its nurses in 2015

Jefferson City, MO. (Sept. 29, 2014) – SSM Health Care nurses can soon advance their education in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a new partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is offering an online BS in nursing degree to all SSM Health Care nurses. Classes begin in January 2015. 

“At SSM Health Care, we are focused on providing patients the highest-quality care along with an exceptional patient experience,” said Amber Wood, system director of clinical education for SSM Health Care. “We are fortunate to have incredibly talented, compassionate nurses play an important role in that patient experience. We are excited to partner with SIUE’s high quality School of Nursing opportunity to help our nurses advance their education and grow even stronger in their profession.” 

The accelerated online program—comprised entirely of SSM nurses from Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma—is the first of its kind for the health system. To help reduce the cost to employees, SSM Health Care also offers tuition reimbursement.  

“We are excited to work with SSM Health Care to offer an online BS in nursing degree,” said Dr. Roberta Harrison, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Alternative Programs and Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “This is a great opportunity to combine a world-class health care system with our progressive and innovative nursing program to impact health care in a positive way.” 

For additional information about the partnership between SSM Health Care and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville visit: http://www.siue.edu/corporate/ssm.

About SSM Health Care

SSM Health Care (www.ssmhc.com) is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. 

With care delivery sites in  Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and two Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. The addition of Dean Health System in 2013 brings the number of physician visits across SSM Health Care to 4 million annually.


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