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About Us

St. Francis Front View 1938

Our History

In 1938 five Franciscan Sisters purchased the county poorhouse and opened the St. Francis Hospital and Home in Shakopee, Minn.

Over the years, care demands increased. With the support of the community, a new structure was built in 1952.

In 1987 the Franciscans transferred sponsorship and ownership of the hospital to the Benedictine Health System based in Duluth, Minn.

By October 1993 a new alliance was formed between St. Francis, the Benedictine Health System and HealthSpan (a predecessor organization of Allina Hospitals & Clinics).

Growing health care needs and exceptional community support enabled the new St. Francis Regional Medical Center to open its doors in July 1996.

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is jointly owned by Allina Health, Park Nicollet Health Services, and Essentia Health Critical Access Group. Its Catholic identity is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of the St. Scholastica Monastery. This unique structure combines the caring and compassion of a community hospital with the modern medical technology, specialties and services found in the metro area. St. Francis provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services on a collaborative medical campus with more than 30 other clinics and providers.