SSM Health Care has named Chris Howard president/CEO of SSM Health CareSt. Louis. Howard replaces Jim Sanger who retired in December. Howard will oversee the mission, vision and strategic focus for an integrated healthcare network of seven hospitals, 2,500 physicians and more than 11,200 employees with a net revenue base that exceeds $1 billion. Howard also is a regional president/system vice president for SSM Health CareSt. Louis. Howard, 47, formerly served as regional president/system vice president of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma.