About Us

History of Bon Secours

The Sisters of Bon Secours were founded in 1824 to respond to the needs of those who were sick and dying in Paris by providing health care to them in their homes. Through their care, they believed that they were bringing God’s healing, compassion and liberation to those in need by helping to alleviate their suffering and bringing a message of hope and assurance that there is a God who loves them.

The first three Sisters of Bon Secours arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1881, and established their first hospital in 1919. By 1980, the Sisters had established or assumed responsibility for several Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care services. The Sisters formed Bon Secours Health System in 1983 to provide skilled, unified management and professional resources for all their health care operations while preserving their Catholic tradition of providing quality care to all, especially to those who are poor, sick and dying.

Since 1983, through acquisitions and joint ventures with other religious and non-sectarian organizations, the system has added facilities in several communities—Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina; Portsmouth, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News, Virginia; Suffern, Riverdale, Warwick, and Port Jervis, New York; Ashland, Kentucky; and St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2016, Bon Secours Health System became Bon Secours.

About Bon Secours Baltimore

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Today Bon Secours Hospital has 72 acute care beds and our approach to community health reaches beyond the traditional model of health care. Patients and communities are cared for with traditional acute-care services along with an array of ambulatory and community services.

Tele-Heart, a state-of-the-art home health monitoring program for patients with congestive heart disease. Renal Dialysis, Behavioral Health, Physical Therapy and Drug Treatment are among the comprehensive programs available to patients.

Partnering with many organizations, Bon Secours has over 500 affordable housing for seniors and has renovated close to 200 attractive apartments for families. The community also enjoys an array of youth and adult empowerment services. Bon Secours, with its reputation of providing compassionate quality care, is on the "front line" of helping patients and communities achieve wellness.

Our Mission

The Mission of Bon Secours 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 as part of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

Our Values


Respect is our commitment to treat all people well. It is based on our belief that each person has equal dignity because each individual “is made in the image and likeness of God.” We promote self-respect and mutual respect and trust among all the members of the Bon Secours team.


Justice is the value that supports and protects the rights of all people. It characterizes what we desire in our relationship to those we serve and our co-workers. It promotes the right to have needs met and in a manner consistent with human dignity; and it supports and protects the right of the individual to participate in decision making regarding their care.


Integrity implies a highly-developed sense of ethical behavior, consistent with that expected of an individual or organization with great moral character. Integrity is having our actions in harmony with our thoughts, feelings, and values. This integration of behavior with thoughts, feelings, and values applies to each of us as individuals as well as collectively as an organization.


Stewardship is the responsible use of all our resources for which they are intended to support, promote, expand, and preserve our mission and ministry. It is the use of good business principles. It is the balanced and right relationship of quality and value with cost and financial return.


Compassion means experiencing empathy with another’s life situation. Compassion is being with another as well as doing for them. This “being with” is done in such a way that the person experiences acceptance, concern, hopefulness, and sensitivity.


Quality is the excellence we strive to reach in the delivery of our health services. It is done in a fashion to meet or exceed clearly established internal and external standards. We will design or modify the ways we do our work seeking to constantly improve what we do so that the right things are done the right way.


Growth is developing and improving our services and promoting self-renewal and progressive development programs for those with whom we work, our organization and our community. It implies expansion, embracing change and seeking new opportunities as an organizational way of life.


Innovation is the process of creating or managing new ideas, methods, and technologies to vitalize existing services and to develop new ones. Innovation is stimulated by a strong awareness of the needs of those we serve and thrives in an organization that promotes new approaches to health care delivery. The innovative organization commits resources necessary for research and development and for change, while recognizing that not all new efforts will succeed.