In January 1996, two physician-led organizations in St. Louis formed Esse Health. One of the groups, Health Key Medical Group, had operated for more than 20 years. The other group, Beacon Health Care, was formed in 1994 when about 15 independent internists joined together to collaborate more closely with insurance plans as a group. The two groups shared the belief that an organized group of physicians could have a positive impact on the management and delivery of quality healthcare.
Today Esse Health has more than 100 physicians and continues to espouse the values on which it was founded — serving patients with the highest level of care possible.