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Why Choose St. Francis

Why Choose St. Francis

  • About Us
  • Leadership & Board of Directors
  • Mission, Vision, Values
  • History
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center is regarded as the region's first choice for safe, high-quality, respectful care. With 85 private rooms, St. Francis ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for care and quality. Here's why you can be proud that St. Francis is part of your community:

    • One of the Nation's Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (The 100 Top Hospitals balances scorecard measures and overall organizational performance across 11 key analytic measures including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability).

    • Highest Safe Surgery Rating by a consumer advocacy magazine.

    • Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

    • Minnesota Business Ethics Large Company Award.

    • Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace since 2012.

    • Women's Choice Award for the Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Emergency Care.

    • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Award for Second Shortest Emergency Department Wait Times in the Region.

    St. Francis is physically connected on the same campus with St. Gertrude's Heath & Rehabilitation Center, Allina Health Clinic, Park Nicollet Clinic, a cancer center, a dialysis center, emergency and urgent care, medical and dentistry, and many other services and specialty clinics housed in two adjoining medical office buildings.

    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. St. Francis Regional Medical Center is uniquely positioned to bring top-notch professionals together to provide the best possible healthcare for our patients.

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  • Leadership

    Board of Directors

    • Chair, Robert Bernier, President/CEO, Signature Media Group. Board member since 2015.
    • Vice Chair, Deborah Pauly, Jordan Schools, Board Director and Manager, Schule Haus Apartments. Board member since 2015.
    • Treasurer, Thomas Kearney, President,T M Kearney Construction Inc. Board member since 2009.
    • Secretary, Jennifer Deschaine, Retired Director of Health and Public Services, Scott County. Board member since 2015.
    • Chief of Staff, Brian Clarkowski, M.D., Suburban Emergency Associates, St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Board member since 2014.
    • Amy Dewane, VP, Care System Growth & Partnership, HealthPartners. Board member since 2015.
    • Ayesha Downs, DDS, Progressive Dental. Board member since 2017.
    • David Druckman, M.D., Chief Elect, Park Nicollet Clinic. Board member since 2014.
    • Sr. Elizabeth Farias, St. Scholastica Monastery. Board member since 2017.
    • Michael Hedrix, EVP, Essentia Health. Board member since 2005.
    • Mary Hestness, MD, Past Chief of Staff, Consulting Radiologists Ltd. Board member since 2014.
    • Aaron Holm, Manager, Marketing Consumer Engagement at Ottobock North America. Board member since 2017.
    • Mike McMahan, President, St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Board member since 2014.
    • Pauline Micke, St. Scholastica Monastery. Board member since 2011.
    • Tom O'Connor, President, United Hospital. Board member since 2015.
    • Keith Olson, D.O., Allina Health Clinics. Board member since 2015.
    • Rev. Dan Poffenberger, Senior Pastor at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake. Board member since 2017.
    • Mark Sannes, M.D., Sr. Medical Dir., Specialty Services, Methodist Hospital. Board member since 2016.
    • Lou Van Hout, Utilities Manager at Shakopee Utilities. Board member since 2011.
    • Michael Webb, Mayor, City of Carver. Board member since 2013.
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  • Mission

    MissionAt St. Francis, we work together to provide all people the healing experience we would expect for ourselves and our families.

    Vision

    Through our actions and accomplishments, we will consistently be recognized as one of the best community hospitals in the United States.

    Values

    Stewardship, Respect, Justice, Partnership, Joy, Hospitality.

    Statement of Partnership

    St. Francis is a not-for-profit Catholic hospital founded in 1938 out of a spirit of love and concern for the community. St. Francis has been shaped by its roots in the Franciscan and Benedictine traditions. 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. The partners believe that by working together, we can efficiently provide the best healing experience and a broad range of services to our communities.

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  • In 1938, 5 Franciscan Sisters purchased the county poorhouse and opened the St. Francis Hospital and Home in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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

    History Timeline

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

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

    Growing healthcare 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 a 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.

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