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Franciscan Health

Franciscan Health

Mission For 145 years, Franciscan Alliance has stayed true to our founding mission to care for everyone who comes through our doors. We treat our patients with the best possible care by following the guiding ethical values embodied by our founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. Always mindful of our Christian stewardship to the Roman Catholic Church, we minister with joy, care and compassion according to the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi and our founder, Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel. Our healthcare system carries forth Christ's healing ministry and strengthens the Catholic health care mission by: Providing a broad, coordinated continuum of health care services with an emphasis on improving the health of persons and communities. Treating the mind, body and spirit with holistic and comprehensive medical options. Developing creative structures for health care delivery. Being advocates for those in need. Identifying and developing our sisters and laity for Franciscan leadership. Our mission statement Continuing Christ's Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition. Each day, we commit ourselves to practicing the words of our mission in how we care for our patients. History The selfless acts of St. Francis of Assisi – a man who left behind all his worldly possessions to follow Christ's mission and care for those in need – set forth the guiding values under which Franciscan Health began. In 1875, a group of Catholic Sisters from Olpe, Germany answered a call to bring St. Francis’ ministries of health and education to the Midwest United States. Here, they opened the doors of our system's first hospital – what is now Franciscan Health Lafayette. Founded by Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, the congregation later became known as the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. The Sisters expanded the health system with more hospitals, schools, orphanages and homes for the elderly. And nearly a century after the first hospital opened its doors, the system was officially founded as the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services in 1974. Our system recognized the evolving changes in the health care landscape and the need to reinforce the shared capabilities across our hospitals and other healthcare facilities. We adopted a new name – Franciscan Health – to strengthen our presence as a large, comprehensive healthcare system. In 2012, our health system was selected to participate in a Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The ACO model is designed to provide more coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries, ultimately resulting in cost savings for patients. Values Each day, we commit ourselves to practicing the words of our mission in how we care for our patients: As healthcare providers, we continue the good works and maintain the values and traditions of the thousands of people who have gone before us. We model our lives and our work after Jesus Christ, a caring teacher and a gentle healer. In whatever the case may be – whether nursing a patient back to health or caring for them through the dying process – our system carries on His healing and teaching ministries. Throughout Franciscan Alliance, our physicians and all employees embrace and carry out our mission in every day's work. Each day, throughout the halls of our hospitals, we embrace our Franciscan Tradition by walking in the footsteps of St. Francis, who left behind his worldly possessions to care for all of those in need Franciscan values Our physicians and employees follow the values established by our founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. Respect for life The gift of life is so valued that each person is cared for with such joy, respect, dignity, fairness and compassion that he or she is consciously aware of being loved. Fidelity to our mission Loyalty to and pride in the health care facility are exemplified by members of the health care family through their joy and respect in empathetically ministering to patients, visitors and co-workers. Compassionate concern In openness and concern for the welfare of the patients, especially the aged, the poor and the disabled, the staff works with select associations and organizations to provide a continuum of care commensurate with the individual's needs. Joyful service The witness of Franciscan presence throughout the institution encompasses, but is not limited to, joyful availability, compassionate, respectful care and dynamic stewardship in the service of the Church. Christian stewardship Christian stewardship is evidenced by just and fair allocation of human, spiritual, physical and financial resources in a manner respectful of the individual, responsive to the needs of society, and consistent with Church teachings.
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