For over 100 years, St. Francis Medical Center’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need has remained constant. From its modest beginning in July 1913 as a three-story red brick building with 75 patient beds, St. Francis Medical Center has grown to become Northeast Louisiana’s largest healthcare provider with 550 licensed beds. One of the largest employers in Ouachita Parish, St. Francis has over 2,200 employees and an annual payroll of $100 million dollars. St. Francis partners with over 300 physicians in various specialties and provides high quality medical, surgical and emergency services for the citizens of Northeast Louisiana.
St. Francis Medical Center’s main campus is located in downtown Monroe and offers a full range of medical and surgical specialties, including cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, physical medicine, critical care for infants, children and adults, emergency services, obstetrics, general surgery, general medicine, skilled care, rehabilitation, outpatient care, outpatient wound treatment, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Located on Highway 165 North, St. Francis Medical Center – North Campus offers emergency services, diagnostic lab and radiology services, a pediatric after-hours clinic, the Kitty DeGree Breast Health Center, and behavioral health services. The St. Francis Community Health Center, located in midtown Monroe on Oliver Road, offers a pharmacy, cardiac rehab, walk-in medical clinic, diabetes clinic, outpatient rehabilitation, and imaging services. A new Community Health Center campus will open in the fall of 2014 on Tower Drive, just around the corner from its current location.
St. Francis is committed to providing quality care for the patients we are privileged to serve. In 2013 St. Francis Medical Center was ranked No. 4 in Louisiana as a best hospital, recognized as a best hospital in Northeast Louisiana, and recognized as high performing in three specialties: Orthopedics, Nephrology and Neurology/Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, St. Francis received a Bronze Medal of Honor from the Department of Health and Human Services for success in increasing the number of organs available and transplanted, was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in Louisiana, earned NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) designation from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University of Nursing, and the Kitty DeGree Breast Health Center was recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. St. Francis received the 2011 Louisiana Performance Excellence Award given by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, one of four hospitals in the state to receive this award. The Franciscan Clinic at St. Francis received Level III certification (the highest level available) in 2011 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, and received the Award for Innovation in Reducing Health Care Disparities from the National Business Group on Health. This award honors organizations for their ongoing commitment to reducing healthcare disparities in the workplace and for supporting a diverse workforce. Also received in 2011 was the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and providing a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families.
As part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System based in Baton Rouge, the mission of St. Francis Medical Center is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to God’s people, especially those most in need.