To extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.
History of our Ministry
Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Mission and values come to us from the compassionate ministries established more than 150 years ago by congregations of women religious. It is our commitment to continuing their legacies that fuels our passion to be of service to all who need our care and help, especially the poor, underserved and dying. Their dedication to excellence and service drives us to continually enhance the way that health care is delivered, promoting new levels of health care safety, quality and cost effectiveness. Our physicians, nurses and health care givers embrace the calling entrusted to them, providing compassionate healing and service as modeled by our foundresses.
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History of Bon Secours in Greenville
St. Francis Hospital was founded in Greenville in 1932, and is a private, not-for-profit health system.
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. Six thousand people attended the dedication on July 14, and the 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: 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: Inpatient Cancer Care Center opens in December.
- 1995: Sister Marilyn Trowbridge, RN, founds SC’s first Parish Nurse Program at St. Francis.
- 1997: St. Francis Women’s Hospital expands and is renamed St. Francis Women’s & Family Hospital.
- 1999: William L. Carpenter Heart Center opened.
- 2000: St. Francis Health System transferred sponsorship to Bon Secours Health System.
- 2000: Bone Marrow Transplant Unit opened.
- 2002: St. Francis Outpatient Center opened.
- 2004: Launched Columbia/Presbyterian affiliation with two new CV Surgeons.
- 2004: St. Francis Physician Services subsidiary created for employment/affiliation of physicians.
- 2005: St. Francis is first in Upstate with digital mammography.
- 2006: First CT 64-Slice in the Upstate South Carolina.
- 2007: Opened Southeast’s first Osteoporotic Fracture Center.
- 2007: New Cardiac Care Unit opened.
- 2008: St. Francis launched EPIC's ConnectCare, an electronic patient medical records system.
- 2008: St. Francis added daVinci robotic surgery technology.
- 2008: 3D Cardiac Ultrasound technology introduced.
- 2009: Added fourth Cardiac Catheterization Lab to St. Francis Downtown
- 2009: Launched the Surgical Weight Loss Program.
- 2009: Opened the St. Francis Community Garden.
- 2009: Began Bon Secours’ “Healthy Communities” Initiative in Sterling Community.
- 2011: Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health opens.
- 2011: Received Center of Excellence for Minimally-Invasive Women's Surgery designation.
- 2011: Surgical Weight Loss Program named Center of Excellence.
- 2011: Bon Secours Medical Group introduces After Hours Care.
- 2012: Named one of Ten Safest Hospitals in the Nation by Consumer Reports.
- 2012: Two new Operating Rooms expand capacity, with one dedicated to robotic surgery.
- 2012: Added Bon Secours St. Francis Surgery Center on Patewood Drive
- 2012: Mobile Mammography Unit brings mammography into the community.
- 2013: Bon Secours Express Care opens in Downtown Greenville.
- 2014: St. Francis Cancer Center opens.
- 2015: Craig McCoy named CEO.
- 2015: Four AFC Urgent Care locations join Bon Secours.