• ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL JOINS LIFEPOINT HEALTH
    Acquisition strengthens Columbus hospital for the future and builds on its legacy of quality care
    January 4, 2016
  • St. Francis Hospital and LifePoint Health reach milestone in proposed partnership.
    The St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees and LifePoint Health today announced a significant milestone in their proposed partnership. The organizations have reached an agreement in principle for a subsidiary of LifePoint to acquire St. Francis Hospital, and they have submitted their agreement to the Attorney General of the State of Georgia for review and approval.
    October 2, 2015
  • LifePoint Health Statement on Release of HUD-OIG Audit of St. Francis Hospital
    Brentwood, TN – While the proposed partnership between LifePoint Health and St. Francis Hospital is still in a due diligence phase, St. Francis has been fully transparent with us in this process, and the recent audit report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is consistent with our understanding of the related issues. Based on the report, we are confident that the steps St. Francis has taken and their continued efforts are proving effective.
    September 6, 2015
  • Statement Regarding HUD Audit Report on St. Francis
    Columbus, GA – The following is a statement by St. Francis Hospital regarding report received today from the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regarding an audit of HUD’s loan to St. Francis Hospital.
    September 4, 2015
  • St. Francis Hospital Files Motion to Dismiss in Response to Lawsuit by CHS
    This afternoon, St. Francis filed a motion to dismiss in response to the lawsuit filed on August 7th by Community Health Systems (CHS). The lawsuit pertains to the partnership negotiations that occurred earlier this year between St. Francis and CHS.
    August, 28, 2015
  • Dr. Rajinder Chhokar to Receive Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award
    Rajinder Chhokar, MD, will be honored as the 11th recipient of the Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award at the St. Francis Foundation’s annual Butler Award gala Tuesday, January 27. As Columbus’ first female cardiologist, Dr. Chhokar has pioneered numerous advancements in cardiology during her 32 years of practice in Columbus.
    January 9, 2015
  • Statement from St. Francis Chairman of the Board
    As the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital, we deeply regret that our associates are being impacted. We are working diligently to ensure that our community’s valuable hospital will continue to provide high quality services. We will continue to lead St. Francis as we work through this financial setback, in partnership with the community and our physicians.
    November 21, 2014
  • St. Francis to Restate its Financial Statements
    Recently the St. Francis Board of Trustees and CEO learned that financial information provided to them has been misstated. Revenues were overstated and expenses were understated in both the current and prior years’ financial information. As a result, the hospital will restate its financial statements.
    November 20, 2014
  • St. Francis OB/GYN Associates’ Susan Epley, MD, Wins Statewide Physician Hero Award
    St. Francis Hospital’s Susan Epley, MD, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Physician Hero Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Annual Meeting November 13. Dr. Epley, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her work with pregnant women in the community.
    November 14, 2014
  • St. Francis Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score
    St. Francis was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
    October 29, 2014
  • St. Francis to Host Mayo Clinic Mobile Exhibit
    To honor 150 years of serving humanity, Mayo Clinic is taking its story to the public in a free exhibit destined for stops in more than 40 communities throughout the US and Canada from April through October 2014. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, St. Francis is proud to host this 1,000-square-foot exhibition on its campus.
    October 16, 2014
  • St. Francis Wins Tenth Consecutive Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation
    St. Francis was named a 2014/2015 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation, as announced in the October 13 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that health care consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. This is the tenth year St. Francis has received the award.
    October 13, 2014
  • Primetime Seniors Seventh Annual Health Fair and Celebration!
    St. Francis’ Primetime Seniors, a free health and wellness program for adults age 55 and older, are invited to a free health fair to help celebrate the group’s seven-year anniversary!
    September 30, 2014
  • In It To End It Together
    For the second year, St. Francis and Columbus Regional Health have teamed up to host “In It To End It Together,” a 10K walk to raise funds and breast cancer awareness.
    September 27, 2014
  • St. Francis Earns Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care
    St. Francis recently received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
    September 22, 2014
  • St. Francis Delivers Back-to-School Supplies Today!
    For the second year, St. Francis Mission Awareness Team volunteers will deliver 20+ baskets and boxes of school supplies for needy children to area agencies and one school, starting at 2 p.m. today, Monday, August 4.
    August 14, 2014
  • St. Francis Places on Quality Honor Roll
    St. Francis has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. St. Francis is one of 18 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.
    July 29, 2014
  • Dr. Sylvester McRae Performs Area’s First ‘Single-Site™’ Robotic Hysterectomy
    Dr. Sylvester McRae became the first surgeon in Columbus and the surrounding area to perform an entire hysterectomy using da Vinci® Single-Site™ platform for robotic surgery on May 27. Unlike traditional robotic surgery, which requires three to five small incisions, da Vinci® Single-Site™ technology enables surgeons to make a single incision in the belly button and remove the uterus in less than 60 minutes.
    July 21, 2014
  • St. Francis Recognized for Improved Communication and Improved Patient Safety Outcomes
    St. Francis recently received Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Team Innovations in Professional Practice (TIPP) Award for its project titled, ”Can You Hear Me Now? Using Innovation and Teamwork to Improve Communication and Professional Practice.” The award is part of GHA’s Hospital Engagement Network initiative, a national contract awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which engages hospitals across the country to improve patient safety and quality and achieve lower costs.
    June 16, 2014
  • St. Francis Pledges $100,000 to Valley Healthcare
    St. Francis recently pledged $100,000 to Valley Healthcare System to expand women’s services, including obstetrical services, at the federally funded community health center on Ft. Benning Road. The center, which sees almost 9,000 patients annually, has faced the challenge of referring high-risk women advanced in their pregnancy to providers who will accept Medicaid.
    June 16, 2014
  • St. Francis to Host Safe Sitter Classes
    St. Francis is hosting two Safe Sitter classes for children this summer. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls, ages 11-13, how to handle emergencies when caring for children. It also teaches safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.
    June 4, 2014
  • National Women’s Check Up Day
    In honor of National Women’s Check Up Day, St. Francis Women’s Hospital is hosting a day of FREE health screenings Tuesday, May 20. The event, held from 3:30-6:30 p.m., in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium (Butler Pavilion), offers a wide range of free screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index, weight, hearing, stroke, depression, foot, carotid and many more.
    May 20, 2014
  • St. Francis Places on Quality Honor Roll
    St. Francis Hospital has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. St. Francis is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.
    May 6, 2014
  • Advance for Nurses Announces 2014 Best Nursing Team: St. Francis Earns Top Nod
    ADVANCE for Nurses has announced the Orthopaedic/Spinal Unit at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, Ga., among the national winners in the annual Best Nursing Team award and for the South region
    April 28, 2014
  • St. Francis Delivers Easter Baskets to Needy Children for 17th Year
    For the 17th year, St. Francis Mission Awareness Team volunteers will deliver more than 385 super-sized Easter baskets, overflowing with candy and gifts for needy children, to area agencies just in time for Easter.
    April 14, 2014
  • St. Francis and Columbus Clinic Form Partnership
    On March 31, St. Francis and Columbus Clinic announced a partnership between the two organizations.
    March 31, 2014
  • St. Francis Wins Statewide Patient Safety Award
    The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to St. Francis Hospital in Columbus for its project that improved medication reconciliation. The project, titled “Medication Reconciliation – A Patient Safety Initiative to Reduce Harm,” won second place in the Hospitals with Greater Than 300 Beds Category.
    February 12, 2014
  • St. Francis to Host Tenth Annual Heart Truth for Women
    St. Francis is hosting its tenth annual “Heart Truth for Women,” a community educational luncheon that aims to help change the staggering fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women. St. Francis joins this national awareness campaign aimed at women.
    February 10, 2014
  • Dr. J. Bruce Carr to Receive Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award
    J. Bruce Carr, MD, will be honored as the 10th recipient of the Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award at the St. Francis Foundation’s annual Butler Award gala Tuesday, February 4. As Columbus’ first nephrologist, Dr. Carr is credited with bringing dialysis to Columbus, having established the area’s first outpatient dialysis clinic. From 2003-2013, he served as an intensivist and as critical care chief at St. Francis.
    January 28, 2014
  • St. Francis Places on Quality Honor Roll
    St. Francis was recently named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. St. Francis is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.
    January 28, 2014
  • St. Francis Receives Recognition for Patient Safety Accomplishments
    St. Francis was among only 14 Georgia hospitals to be named to the Georgia Hospital Association Hospital (GHA) Engagement Network’s (HEN) prestigious Elite Circle in May for the hospital’s 2012 accomplishments in patient safety. The Elite Circle is the highest category in HEN’s recognition program and places St. Francis in the 90th percentile or above among Georgia hospitals.
    June 10, 2013
  • St. Francis Hospital Wins Statewide Community Award for Women’s Clinic
    At its annual summer meeting last week, the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) presented its prestigious statewide Community Leadership Award to St. Francis Hospital in Columbus for its Trinity Center for Women, a clinic that provides access to prenatal and gynecological care for women of the community.
    July 18, 2012
  • The Bradley Center to Open a New Crisis Stabilization Unit July 1
    The new unit will be funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) receiving and stabilization program for patients in psychiatric crisis.
    June 28, 2012
  • Bet on a Great Time at Eighth Annual Derby Day!
    Big screen televisions showing the Kentucky Derby live, dinner stations by Chef Angel Ramirez-Ramos, gaming, a hat contest, silent auction and live entertainment will be featured. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Francis’ Trinity Center for Women.
    May 4, 2012
  • Mayor Proclaims April 20, 2012 as Sepsis Awareness Day in Columbus
    In an effort to educate the community of the signs and symptoms of sepsis, Friday, April 20, 2012, has been established as Sepsis Awareness Day in Columbus. The proclamation was signed by Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson and announced at the April 3 City Council meeting.
    April 19, 2012
  • St. Francis’ Adopt-a-Bunny Delivers!
    For the 16th year, St. Francis associates volunteering for the hospital’s Mission Awareness Team will deliver more than 500 super-sized Easter baskets, overflowing with candy and gifts for needy children, to area agencies.
    April 4, 2012
  • St. Francis Celebrates Certified Nurses Day
    St. Francis Hospital will honor 148 board-certified nurses in celebration of Certified Nurses Day Monday, March 19, from 2-3 p.m. Nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care through the certification process.
    March 19, 2012
  • St. Francis Hospital Named Board-certified Hospital by Georgia Hospital Association
    St. Francis Hospital recently completed several requirements to be named a board-certified hospital by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA). St. Francis Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state with this distinction.
    March 12, 2012
  • St. Francis Hospital Wins Statewide Patient Safety Award for Diabetes Care
    The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) and the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) presented the prestigious Quality and Safety Award to St. Francis for its project that improved diabetes care. The project titled, “Innovations and Strategies to Improve Inpatient Diabetes Care,” won third place in the Hospitals with Greater than 300 Beds Category.
    February 23, 2012
  • St. Francis Hosts Eighth Annual “The Heart Truth for Women” Luncheon
    For the eightH year, St. Francis hosts the “Heart Truth for Women luncheon. It aims to help change the staggering fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women. St. Francis joins this national awareness campaign aimed at women.
    February 12, 2012
  • Dr. George Lipscomb to Receive Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award
    Radiologist George Lipscomb, MD, will be presented the Dr. Clarence C. Butler Service and Leadership Award Tuesday, January 24, for his leadership and many contributions to ensuring the quality of health care at St. Francis and throughout the community.
    January 23, 2012