Board Update to our SGCMH Community


Ste. Genevieve, MO. Many of you are aware of internal organizational changes as well as the affiliation and acquisition of other hospitals and health systems in nearby counties. As the Board of Trustees of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH), we feel it is important to give our view on the status of our hospital. We are greatly encouraged at how SGCMH is emerging from COVID and growing stronger each month. We are proud to continue our Mission to Put People First by providing Excellent, Personalized and Compassionate Healthcare.

Our 54th anniversary of service to Ste. Genevieve County is quickly approaching. We have maintained our independence through many changes in healthcare. We remain solidly committed to keeping our ability to make decisions locally that directly affect the lives and health of our family, friends and neighbors. We’re confident in our ability to do this because of our Senior Leaders, Medical Staff and outstanding Employees who work in a well-ordered and up to date Facility.

Our Senior Leaders report to Dr. Steve Pautler, whose 40 years of experience in health care including 30 in administration; and whose recent experience includes executive leadership in one of the Top 100 community hospitals in the US for over 6 years in a row. We believe that he can continue to lead SGCMH into the strong and stable facility our County needs and deserves. We will highlight the other members of our Leadership team more around Hospital Week in May. Our Medical Staff is growing, with 6 new full-time physicians and surgeons joining since 2021. This summer, a new General Surgeon and a Family Practitioner will come to our community. The recruitment of a 3rd new OB-GYN is under way. Our great Employees are a key to our success, and we’re fortunate to have only about 10% turnover, compared to other small hospitals with as many as 25-50% leaving the typical small hospital. Our success as an organization is due to the outstanding people who commit their daily work to SGCMH, including physicians, every member of the staff, and the leadership that will help us into the future. The leadership has delivered on new programs to deliver quality and value, worked hard to promote staff retention, and find ways to better serve our community well into the future. Everything we do is oriented to make sure we’re always here when our community needs us.

Visitors to our Facilities are always impressed at how clean and well-ordered our Hospital and Clinics look. Our equipment is up to date, with the latest DI and Laboratory technology to give our physicians the tools they need. We recently invested in an update to our electronic medical record system to keep up with technology advances, and to use the information to help promote the best possible health of patients. The environment of health care organizations is changing at lightning speed, and we must be ready to change and adapt. We can prepare for the future, starting now.

Together, your Board of Trustees has decades of service and experience leading your Hospital. We have built an extraordinary place to work with the best group of Medical Staff and Employees we’ve ever had. Healthcare is changing quickly, and our work is to prepare for all the new demands while staying independent and loyal to our Mission. Thank you for your continued trust and support, and your hard work every day.

Very Respectfully,

Rod Scherer
Chairman, Board of Trustees of Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit county owned community hospital that works to continue to improve the health and well-being of the community. Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare. For more information on Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, visit

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