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OSF Saint Anthony’s, SSM Health enter strategic affiliation

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton and SSM Health have entered a strategic affiliation that will allow SSM’s network of specialty and subspecialty physicians to be available to OSF patients.

The announcement was made on Monday. SSM Health is a Catholic health-care system based in the St. Louis area.

One of the first collaborations is the addition of Sridhar Kumar, MD, a cardiologist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, who will become chief of Cardiology Services at OSF Saint Anthony’s. SSM says the move will allow Alton area patients to receive expertise needed to treat heart diseases and cardiovascular conditions close to home.

“Hospital and health-care providers can no longer operate in silos and must be willing to embrace meaningful collaboration that will result in availability of high quality, sustainable health care across their communities,” said OSF Saint Anthony’s President Jerry Rumph. “Dr. Kumar will oversee a wide range of cardiac interventions, including state-of-the-art treatments, invasive and non-invasive testing, and medical management of heart failure and vascular diseases. He also brings unique experience with adult congenital heart conditions and has spent decades performing interventional cardiac procedures.”

Jeremy Fotheringham, president of SSM Health in St. Louis and Academics, said, “SSM Health has a 150-year history of providing exceptional health care to the community. We’re proud to partner with OSF Saint Anthony’s allowing for even greater access to high-level cardiac care in the Alton community.”


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