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Where We Invest

The Foundation supports patient care, staff education and new technology within hospital settings, as well as community health initiatives including mental and behavioral health.

In 1979, the Board of Directors of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital voted to convert its endowment fund into a separate Foundation. The goal was to dedicate staff and Board to focus solely on fundraising and funds management to benefit hospital operations. Since inception, the Foundation has supported major initiatives sponsored by Saint Francis to improve and enhance the vital services it provides its patients and its surrounding community. More than $50 million has been distributed in grants.

In 1984, a major capital campaign raised $3.5 million for hospital renovations. The next significant effort was to create a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department. The completely refurbished Gwendolyn Walsh Emergency Department opened in 2006. Simultaneously, the hospital implemented CareConnect, the hospital-wide paperless medical record system.

2011 saw the opening of nine new and advanced surgical suites. In 2012, Saint Francis began expansion of the Bothin Burn Center from 10 to 20 beds. In 2015, a new Burn Center opened. At the same time, the Hospital added CyberKnife and da Vinci Robotic Surgery to its array of surgical services. This equipment offers precision and minimally invasive treatments.

We support grants for innovation, mental health, aging and crisis within the Hospital and in the community. We now have a new funding opportunity for community based-organizations providing mental and behavioral health care. Learn more.

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What We Fund

Capital Renovations

Contributing to significant upgrades of key hospital services and departments

Hospital Equipment

Ensuring that up-to-date tools are available for both physicians and their patients

Patient Amenities

Providing a variety of items to enhance the experience of everyone receiving treatment

Community Health & Wellness

Recognizing that improved health is influenced by factors outside the health care setting

Staff Education & Training

Promoting staff growth through attendance at professional development conferences and workshops