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About Saint Francis Care

BestCare for a LifetimeSM: Before, During and After a Hospital Stay

SFH Aerial smallSaint Francis Care, an integrated healthcare delivery system in central Connecticut, is the largest independent Catholic healthcare provider in New England.  Our services cover the continuum of patient needs, including community-based preventive and primary care, specialty care, high acuity tertiary care and post-acute care. Many of these services are provided through partnerships, affiliations and relationships developed with other exceptional providers. Overall, Saint Francis Care provides access to almost 900 affiliated physicians, three hospital campuses, 12 satellite medical offices, and a variety of community clinics.  

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Saint Francis Care continuum 

BestCare for a Lifetime is the vision Saint Francis Care embraces as we partner with our patients, their families and our community to provide health and healing through a commitment to clinical excellence, quality and safety, compassionate care, and reverence for the spirituality of each person. To us, this means a focus on appropriate care before, during and after a hospital stay.

Service Lines

  • Behavioral Health
  • Cardiovascular
  • Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute
  • Emergency Medicine & Pre-hospital
  • Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Primary Care
  • Surgery
  • Women & Infants
 

To achieve this vision, we are in the process of extending 10 service lines throughout the system. The work of these service lines is facilitated by robust support platforms in the following four areas:

  • business & services
  • clinical
  • facilities
  • innovation & learning

While the size, shape, and elements of Saint Francis Care will change we remain committed to the mission that has been virtually unchanged during our 115-year history – a commitment to health and healing through excellence, compassionate care and reverence for the spirituality of each person in the communities we serve.

The Value of Accountable Care

Healthcare is changing from a focus on volume to a focus on value and Saint Francis Care fully embraces this change.  We see value as taking excellent care of individual patients, improving the health of the population in our communities and redesigning systems to reduce costs.  And we are doing this through a truly collaborative approach to developing an accountable care system that delivers Best Care for a Lifetime through aligned providers. 

The central structure for our Accountable Care Organization is Saint Francis HealthCare Partners (SFHCP), a non-profit, physician-hospital partnership that provides clinical integration and comprehensive administrative support to 700 physicians in more than 200 practices.  The central focus: value for patients; value for providers; and value for payers.

Residency Programs

Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and offers residencies in:

  • anesthesiology
  • colon and rectal surgery
  • dentistry
  • emergency medicine
  • family medicine
  • internal medicine
  • nuclear medicine
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • podiatric surgery
  • orthopedics
  • osteopathic medicine
  • otolaryngology
  • pediatric primary care
  • radiology
  • surgery
  • urology

Saint Francis Care also encompasses Asylum Hill Family Practice, the main ambulatory care site for the training of residents in the University of Connecticut Family Medicine Residency Program.

A Major Teaching Hospital

 JT Oconnell Tower at DuskWith 617 licensed beds and 65 bassinets, the flagship of Saint Francis Care is Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. The hospital expanded in 2011 with the addition of the
10-story John T. O'Connell Tower, featuring a new, state-of-the-art surgical pavilion, dedicated space for the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute and an expanded emergency department with 70 treatment areas and a rooftop helipad for the LIFESTAR helicopter. In addition to the joint replacement institute, Saint Francis offers centers of excellence in cancer care, heart and vascular disease, women and infants' services and rehabilitation medicine.

An Integrated Network

Our integrated healthcare delivery system also includes the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Connecticut's only free-standing acute care rehabilitation hospital; and Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) in Stafford Springs, which signed an affiliation agreement with Saint Francis in 2012. JMMC is the non-profit parent company of Johnson Memorial Hospital; Evergreen Health Care Center; and Home & Community Health Services, a home health care and hospice agency. Combined, JMMC provides a continuum of healthcare services to those living and working in north central Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

Saint Francis Care also includes: 

The Bottom Line: Patient-Centered Care

Combined, the Saint Francis Care system delivers coordinated, seamless care through programs and services tailored to meet the needs of our individual patients and patient populations. The nation's healthcare transformation has generated increasing levels of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure: Saint Francis Care is uniquely positioned to provide the right care in the right place…right now.

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