our mission & history

The Mission Statement of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is to bring compassion to health care and to be Good Help to Those in Need®, especially those who are poor and dying. As a system of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness through the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

We call ourselves a health system, and health is exactly what we focus on. We believe that being healthy means more than just not being sick. It means optimizing your health so you can live your life to the fullest. Whether we heal a condition, help you make smarter food choices, inspire you to get moving, or simply offer a word of support, we believe true wellness is about feeling good — body and spirit.

With innovative technology, we heal the body. With faith, we mend the spirit. We draw from a past that's rich in the healing tradition, while strengthening the future through the guidance and support of the Ministry of Bon Secours and the Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

about the Sisters of Bon Secours

Founded on January 24, 1824, amidst the devastation following the French Revolution, 12 women came together to form the congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for “good help.”   In 1881, the congregation was invited to the Archdiocese of Baltimore and crossed the Atlantic to establish a health care ministry in Baltimore, Maryland. By 1909, convents were established in Washington, D.C. and in Detroit, Michigan.

The Sisters of Bon Secours provided the world's first recorded formal home health care service as well as the first day care facility in Baltimore in 1907 to help working mothers whose only alternative was to place their children in orphanages. St. Edmond's Home for Crippled Children, established in 1916, was the first Catholic home for the physically challenged.   The Sisters have a long tradition of willingness to take risks in pursuit of innovation, growth and extension of mission.

The Sisters of Bon Secours established their first hospital in Baltimore in 1919 and opened their second, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in 1945. By 1980, the Sisters had established and/or managed several Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care services.

The Bon Secours Health System was formed in 1983 to provide skilled, unified management and professional resources for all Bon Secours health care operations while preserving Jesus' healing mission and Bon Secours' tradition of providing quality care to all, especially the poor, sick and dying.

st. francis at a glance

Employees 3482
Employees (5+ Years) 1596
Hospital Beds 338
Volunteers 205
Surgeries (Annually) 5,970 Inpatient/12,560 Outpatient
Patients Served (Annually) 20,700 Inpatient/158,600 Outpatient
Births (Annually)


Free Care and Service (Annually) $66 million

our history

St. Francis was founded in 1932, and is a private, not-for-profit health system. Our facilities include: ST. FRANCIS downtown, ST. FRANCIS eastside, St. Francis Institute for Chronic Health, St. Francis Outpatient Center and Upstate Surgery Center. St. Francis is surveyed by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to evaluate the organization’s compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards.

1920s - 1950s

  • 1921  |  Emma Booth Memorial Hospital built and entrusted to the Salvation Army.
  • 1931  |  Dr. Charles Wyatt asks the Catholic Church to manage the hospital.
  • 1932  |  The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor acquire the hospital for $55,000. 6,000 people attended the dedication on July 14.  First patient admitted July 18.
  • 1956  |  St. Francis is the first hospital in Greenville to have an ambulance. Received first accreditation by Joint Commission.

1960s - 1970s

  • 1964  |  Sister Bernadine Kirchhoff came to Greenville with plans for a new hospital.
  • 1968  |  Groundbreaking for the new St. Francis Hospital.
  • 1971  |  New St. Francis Hospital opens December 3. It was one of the first all-private room hospitals in the Southeast.

1980s - 1990s

  • 1983  |  Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Health System is incorporated.
  • 1984  |  $30 million expansion program adds a cardiac cath lab, CT scanner, and 72 new private rooms.
  • 1990  |  St. Francis Women’s Hospital opens.
  • 1991  |  St. Francis HomeCare is established.
  • 1992  |  Cancer Care Center opens in December.
  • 1995  |  Sister Marilyn Trowbridge, RN, founds SC’s first Parish Nurse Program and Volunteer Parish Nurse Partnership at St. Francis
  • 1997  |  St. Francis Women’s Hospital expands and is renamed St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital.
  • 1998  |  First open heart surgery performed at St. Francis Hospital.
  • 1999  |  William L. Carpenter Heart Center opened in May.


  • 2000  |  In January, St. Francis Health System transferred sponsorship from the Franciscan Health Partnership, Inc. to Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  • 2000  |  Bone Marrow Transplant Unit opened.
  • 2000  |  Sister Dorothy Brogan, CBS begins her mission at St. Francis HomeCare.
  • 2001  |  Bone Marrow Transplant Program receives Level II FACT Accreditation.
  • 2001  |  Team Health began providing Hospitalists and Emergency Room Physicians.
  • 2002  |  St. Francis Outpatient Center opens.
  • 2002  |  Performed first lap band surgery in South Carolina.
  • 2003  |  CON approved for the addition of 51 beds at St. Francis Hospital, and transfer of 31 beds to St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital, resulting in 226 acute care beds, 32 hospital based nursing home beds, and 19 rehabilitation beds at St. Francis Hospital and 93 acute care beds at St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital.
  • 2003  |  Replacement of existing mobile MRI services with a fixed MRI Unit at St. Francis Women's & Family Hospital.
  • 2004  |  HealthGrades recognizes St. Francis Orthopedics as #1 in SC and in top 5% in the nation.
  • 2004  |  St. Francis receives 24 National PRC patient satisfaction awards, including a record of 10 "Top Performer" awards.
  • 2004  |  Successfully launched Columbia/Presbyterian affiliation with two new CV Surgeons.
  • 2004  |  St. Francis Physician Services subsidiary created for employment/affiliation of physicians, representing four subspecialties: OB/GYN, CV, Pulmonary and General Surgery.

 2005  -  2009

  • 2005  |  HealthGrades recognizes St. Francis Orthopedics as #1 in SC and in top 5% in the nation for the 2nd year in a row.
  • 2005  |  Cardiovascular Surgery earns #1 in Upstate by HealthGrades.
  • 2005  |  St. Francis Hospice named "Hospice of Record" for first residential hospice in Greenville County.
  • 2005  |  Cancer Care Center rededicated.
  • 2005  |  St. Francis is first in Upstate with Digital Mammography.
  • 2006  |  HealthGrades recognizes St. Francis Orthopedics as #1 in SC and in top 5% in the nation for the 3rd year in a row.
  • 2006  |  St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital receives 2006 Premier Award for Quality.
  • 2006  |  AARP awards St. Francis as one of the Best Employers For Workers Over 50.
  • 2006  |  First CT 64-Slice in the Upstate of SC in operation.
  • 2006  |  Breast Health Navigator and Cancer Risk Screening Program introduced.
  • 2007  |  St. Francis campuses are renamed ST. FRANCIS downtown and ST. FRANCIS eastside.
  • 2007  |  HealthGrades recognizes St. Francis Orthopedics as #1 in SC and in top 5% in the nation for the 4th year in a row.
  • 2007  |  ST. FRANCIS eastside and ST. FRANCIS downtown both earn Premier Awards for Quality in Cardiac Services.
  • 2007  |  St. Francis opens Southeast’s first Osteoporotic Fracture Center.
  • 2007  |  New 8-bed, state-of-art Cardiac Care Unit opens.
  • 2008  |  St. Francis receives SC Governor's Award for Quality, the highest award given for overall organizational quality achievements.
  • 2008  |  HealthGrades recognizes St. Francis Orthopedics as #1 in SC and in top 5% in the nation for the 5th year in a row.
  • 2008  |  St. Francis Orthopedics receives HealthGrades' Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award.
  • 2008  |  St. Francis Heart Care receives HealthGrades' Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award and a 5-star rating for Heart Surgery.
  • 2008  |  The American Heart Association names St. Francis a "Fit Friendly Company."
  • 2008  |  Proposal submitted for new facility: ST. FRANCIS millennium.
  • 2008  |  St. Francis is first Bon Secours Health System facility to launch ConnectCare, a new electronic patient medical records system.
  • 2008  |  St. Francis launches daVinci robotic surgery
  • 2008  |  3D Cardiac Ultrasound introduced for St. Francis Heart Care.
  • 2009  |  Received Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from HealthGrades® for the 2nd year in a row
  • 2009  |  St. Francis Breast Health Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) from the American College of Surgeons
  • 2009  |  Cancer Care at St. Francis is accredited by the Commission on Cancer from the American College of Surgeons, and recently received the highest possible approval rating of “3 Year with Commendation."
  • 2009  |  Ranked #1 in SC for Overall Orthopedic Care for the 5th year in a row by HealthGrades®
  • 2009  |  Named a state-wide leader in patient satisfaction from HCAHPS
  • 2009  |  Ranked higher than 97% by physicians in the categories “Overall Quality of Care” and “Place to Practice Medicine”Quality Care
  • 2009  |  Designated an “Institute for Quality Cardiac Care” by Aetna
  • 2009  |  Named a “Top 100 Integrated Health System” by SDI
  • 2009  |  Selected “National Top Performer” for healthcare quality improvement and cost reduction by QUEST/Premier Healthcare Inc.
  • 2009  |  Adopted and implemented a new electronic medical records system, ConnectCare®
  • 2009  |  Unveiled the St. Francis Institute for Chronic Health at ST. FRANCIS millennium
  • 2009  |  Added a fourth Cardiac Catheterization Lab to ST. FRANCIS downtown
  • 2009  |  Launched the Surgical Weight Loss Program
  • 2009  |  Opened the St. Francis Community Garden in April
  • 2009  |  Began Bon Secours’ “Healthy Communities” Initiative in Sterling Community with the creation of the Sterling Phoenix League
  • 2009  |  Good Help for a Better Planet, our system-wide green initiative, sparks employee commitment to reduce the use of Styrofoam
  • 2009 | The only hospital in the Carolinas named Leapfrog Top Hospital: recognized for being leaps ahead in quality, safety and affordability.

2010- Present

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