Robert Porter

Robert PorterRobert Porter JD, MBA is the President, Programs and Services and Chief Strategy Officer for SSM Health Care St. Louis, an integrated health care network with seven hospitals and a revenue base of $1.7 billion.

In addition to overseeing strategy development, planning and communications, Mr. Porter is responsible for the network's 285 person medical group, ambulatory operations, and managed care initiatives. Over the last four years he also served as project director for the development of a replacement hospital for one of SSM's older facilities, with the goal to design the "hospital of the future." The new St. Clare Health Center opened in March 2009 and has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative and patient centered design. Most recently, he has been leading the organization's work to develop a "value based delivery organization" capable of taking global financial and clinical responsibility for a defined population.

Robert Porter has spent over 25 years in senior health care leadership positions serving at various times as chief strategy officer, chief operating officer, and chief executive officer. In the last nine years, he has worked at the leadership level of an integrated health care network with both strategic and operational responsibilities. His career in Catholic health care has reflected his personal, passionate commitment to Catholic social teaching as it is expressed in the health care ministry. He has written and spoken extensively about spirituality, leadership, and innovation.