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Changes At Agnesian Should Benefit Patients

Patients of Agnesian HealthCare’s hospitals and clinics won’t be affected much by a transfer of sponsorship to SSM Health. The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes turned over sponsorship to St. Louis-based SSM Health earlier this month. SSM Health-Agnesian HealthCare President and CEO Steve Little says noticeably there will be logo changes. Patients will also benefit from the integrated health system because it will bring more specialists to the area. The goal is to bring a greater level of specialty care to patient’s own backyard versus having to travel to other areas for specialized health care needs. Little says ultimately they want to provide better health care at a more affordable rate. The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes has played a role in area health care for more than 120 years.