Caring for the Community

Community Benefit

For more than 140 years, generations of St. Louisans have relied on the healing tradition of care provided by St. Anthony’s Medical Center and its forebears. After an arduous trek across the Atlantic Ocean, the Franciscan Sisters of Germany in 1873 opened their first hospital in south St. Louis. Today, the leaders, physicians and employees of St. Anthony’s have advanced the mission of these intrepid sisters into the twenty-first century, using the latest technology and providing compassionate care second to none.

As the third-largest medical center in the St. Louis metropolitan area, St. Anthony’s is proud to serve our community. Every day, our physicians and employees seek to improve the health and well-being of the residents in the communities we serve. We work as trusted partners with our patients, who come first in all we do.

Our work includes the development of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) during the last year, in collaboration with our partners in the medical community. To do this, we gathered and analyzed health-related information and statistics from St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jefferson County, Mo., and Monroe County, Ill. This information includes interviews with public health experts and those who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital, and surveys of community residents and local physicians.

The CHNA identified three top-priority health needs for the St. Anthony’s Medical Center community. We will strive diligently to address these needs over the next three years:

• Access to care
• Mental health / Substance abuse
• Healthy lifestyle

You can read the completed Community Health Needs Assessment here.  As always, we seek to develop a rich and rewarding network of partnerships with our neighbors. We welcome any thoughts you may have on ways to achieve our goal of a healthier community. If you have a question or comment regarding our Community Health Needs Assessment, please contact us at

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