Women of St. Francis: Providing Good Help to Those in Need

Monday, November 25, 2019


Women are often the ones caring for their families and friends when they are ill. This puts them in the position to make health care decisions for both themselves and others, giving them immeasurable influence.

The Women of St. Francis, part of the St. Francis Foundation, was formed in 2007 to empower women as health care decision-makers. What started as twelve ladies serving as a focus group has become a community of more than 125 women. The group’s mission is to ensure women have access to the information they need when making important health-related decisions.

The Women of St. Francis events are a time for learning, socializing, celebrating and giving. Educational luncheons and tours are held every other month and focus on important health topics. They also feature experts who share health information while empowering members to provide input regarding what women really want in a health care setting. 

This group also champions the Bon Secours mission of being Good Help to Those in Need® by raising funds to support important programs and services. Throughout the years, membership has financially supported services at Bon Secours. They have granted more than $125,000 in seven years, which includes the most money given back in a single year.

During their 2019 annual luncheon there was $25,000 in grants awarded including:

  • $10,000 for Bon Secours Urogynecology
  • $5,000 for the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health
  • $5,000 for the Chronic Medication Pediatric Program
  • $5,000 for the Neonatal Resusciatation Program 

All the grants are made possible through annual membership dues, with the Women of St. Francis voting each year which programs will receive funding.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming a Woman of St. Francis, please call the St. Francis Foundation at (864) 255-1040 or email karri_westmoreland@bshsi.org

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