St. Francis Hospital (Columbus, Georgia)

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St. Francis Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital located in Columbus, Georgia, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.[1]


In 1946, a number of prominent Columbus citizens came together in order to set a common goal for the entire community: fulfill the community's dire need for a modern, faith-based hospital. In the beginning, they raised $45 million in seed money that would firmly plant St. Francis Hospital amid a post-war economy that was severely drained by the mobilization efforts of World War II. The very first patient was admitted four years later in April 1950.

During the first year, the hospital admitted 4,733 patients. What began as a 154-bed hospital with 17 sisters, 171 lay people and 60 physicians has grown into a facility licensed for 376 beds with more than 1,400 full-time associates, 300 physicians and a broad array of services, including the area's only open heart surgery program.


St. Francis Foundation

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The St. Francis Foundation was structured and incorporated on November 21, 1991. The Foundation serves and operates as a tool to assist, advance, reinforce and strengthen the hospital in its ministry of healing; in its service as a health center for our community; in its provision of education for students in an assortment of health care related fields; and in all related health and humanitarian endeavors.

St. Francis Society

The St. Francis Society is made up of annual supporters. Society membership is open to individuals, couples, family foundations as well as privately help companies.

St. Francis Fellows

Fellows are also given the ability to network with members of the medical community, community leaders and health care professionals. Membership to St. Francis Fellows is by invitation only.

The Fellows scholarship is designed to assist qualified students who are interested in pursuing allied health programs at area colleges and universities while at the same time working with health care mentors throughout St. Francis Hospital.

Sister Patricia Garrigan Scholarship

In 1993, the Sister Patricia Garrigan Scholarship Fund was established to honor Sister Patricia Garrigan for her 22 years of commitment as an administrator of St. Francis Hospital. The purpose of this scholarship is to educate worthy students pursuing health care careers within St. Francis Hospital. This scholarship may be awarded to employees or non-employees and the amount varies according to needs and is funded by the Cheers fund. The Sister Patricia Garrigan Scholarship does not cover undergraduate core curriculum.


CHEERS stands for Caring Hospital Employees Envision Real Success. The CHEERS annual campaign has become the centerpiece for all the caring work that has been accomplished by the employees of St. Francis since it first began in 1994. On average, 90 - 95 percent of the hospital's 1,600 plus employees contribute each year. As a direct result of their generosity, an estimated 10,000 individuals and families - including low income hospital patients - have received various forms of financial assistance. St. Francis covers all the administrative costs of CHEERS so that 100 percent of the contributions can go on to directly and positively affect others' lives.

CHEERS Supports:

The Patrick Heart Institute of St. Francis

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The Patrick Heart Institute of St. Francis is a source for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with heart problems. Cardiologists and surgeons provide total cardiac care, from the most advanced diagnostic procedures and the area's only open heart surgery program to cardiac catheterizations, balloon angioplasty and an innovative rehabilitation program. St Francis was the first hospital in the area to perform open heart surgery, balloon angioplasty and automatic defibrillator tissue implants.

Cardiac Diagnostics

The Institute utilizes the latest diagnostic procedures to provide accurate analysis in order to determine treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease. These procedures range from non-invasive tests, such as the electrocardiogram (EKG), the electrophysiology (EP) test, stress tests, nuclear cardiolite studies, echo-cardiograms and Doppler flow studies, to more complex and sophisticated tests, such as coronary angiograms. Many of these tests can be performed on an outpatient basis. They serve as a helpful tool for evaluating heart and blood vessel abnormalities or as a tool to produce images of the heart muscle and valves. Additionally, the cardiologists at St. Francis have performed more than 15,000 cardiac catheterizations in the most sophisticated and comprehensive cardiac diagnostic laboratory in the greater Columbus area.

Cardiac Intervention

After a cardiac problem is accurately diagnosed, The Patrick Heart Institute of St. Francis - along with the patient's physician - can provide appropriate treatment through a number of valuable methods. For some patients, intervention such as coronary angioplasty or atherectomy may serve as possible alternatives to bypass surgery. Patients choosing to have angioplasty and atherectomy are usually discharged 24–48 hours after the procedure and, in most cases, resume full daily activities.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at St. Francis Hospital is specifically designed for patients that have experienced: heart attack, heart surgery, heart angioplasty or stent, or a high risk for heart disease. It is important to understand that anyone that has endured these experiences may be concerned about exercising. The rehab staff monitors all exercise and assists patients in the development of their individual exercise programs. The program's goal is to help each patient return to an active, productive lifestyle. The gym has an indoor track, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machines and exercise equipment designed to improve patient strength along with physical fitness.

Emergency Department

The St. Francis Hospital Emergency Department is staffed with physicians and nurses that have been specially trained in emergency medicine. St. Francis prides itself on its dedication to providing a full range spectrum of cardiovascular care. As a result, the hospital has two specially equipped cardiovascular care rooms. In a typical cardiac emergency, thrombolytic drugs can be utilized sometimes in order to dissolve blood clots and as a useful method to decrease any further damage to the heart of the patient. This is a front line defense against arrhythmia and heart attacks, and as such, must be administered at very least within the first six hours of the onset of a heart attack to be effective.

St. Francis' Emergency Department is relatively new. Patient safety was a mainstay at the very forefront of the design and planning process. This state-of-the-art Emergency area provides large, well-lit rooms specially positioned so that any changes in patient condition, minor or critical, can be assessed easily and speedily. Bedside registration enhances any medical personnel's ability to respond quickly so that treatment is not delayed. The hospital also utilizes a pneumatic tube system as a means to send lab specimens for faster results. Lastly, a tactical measure aimed at decreasing the amount time-consuming paperwork is the hospital's computerized PIXIS system that keeps supplies and medications readily available.

ED FastTrack The St. Francis FastTrack Emergency area serves patients with less urgent emergencies, including but not limited to such things as twisted ankles and headaches. The capabilities offered by having a separate Fast Track helps to ensure that these patients will not have to endure wait times behind patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies; the average wait is roughly 90 minutes. In 2003, St. Francis doubled its number of FastTrack beds after the new Emergency Department was completed.

St. Francis Orthopaedic Institute

On August 1, 2006, St. Francis Hospital along with the physicians at McCluskey Orthopaedic Surgery (MOS)[6] formed the St. Francis Orthopaedic Institute. MOS underwent a natural transition, as the outpatient practice was located in the new St. Francis Medical Office Building and the inpatient practice was focused at St. Francis. The physicians at the Institute are certified or board eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons or the National Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Most of these highly experienced orthopaedic surgeons are fellowship-trained in a sub-specialty area, such as shoulder surgery, foot & ankle surgery, or adult reconstructive and total joint replacement surgery. The practice management team has published numerous articles in medical textbooks and peer-reviewed journals. The Institute collaborates with St. Francis Hospital; the St. Francis Rehabilitation Center; and the McCluskey Education & Research Foundation, Inc.,[7] in order to offer the best hospital facilities rehabilitation services, research of musculoskeletal disorders, and educational materials for patients as well as for members of the greater Columbus area community.

Research and Education Center The Research and Education Center is located within walking distance of the clinical offices of St. Francis Orthopaedic Institute, the physical therapy gymnasium of the St. Francis Rehabilitation Center, and the operating rooms of St. Francis Hospital. Physicians, patients, coaches, certified athletic trainers, specialized healthcare providers, as well as research associates all benefit from the outcome studies, research, publications, surgical videos and community educational seminars that the staff at the Research and Education Center produces and supports. In the Outcomes Studies, the research clinician examines and then provides documentation for the outcomes of surgical procedures and treatments in order to determine their efficacy and long-term safety.

St. Francis Adult Reconstruction Center The Adult Reconstruction Center offers digital imaging suites, inpatient and outpatient surgical suites, outpatient rehabilitation facility as well as an orthopaedic unit with private rooms for inpatient care. The support staff provides patient education and training. They also collect data for clinical outcomes studies in a private area in order to ensure patient confidentiality. To support professional development, the Institute provides conference rooms, offices, an orthopaedic library and the services of its Research and Education Center. The surgeons are recognized experts and leaders in trauma surgery. For example, Luther H. Wolff, Maryland,[8] is fellowship-trained in adult orthopaedic trauma and reconstruction. He served in the US Army Reserve [9] as a combat surgeon in two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result, Dr. Wolff has seen and treated the entire spectrum of orthopaedic injuries. The Adult Reconstruction Center is a referral center that serves the southeastern United States. However, patients have the ability to make an appointment without a referral from another physician. Conditions treated at the facility include chronic & acute fractures, post-traumatic deformities and post-traumatic arthritis. The most modern innovations such as bone graft substitutes to the latest joint replacements are used to relieve pain and restore function.

St. Francis Foot and Ankle Center The Foot and Ankle Center treats both chronic and acute conditions for ankle and foot disorders on both an operative and nonoperative care basis. It is one of few providers in the region that offers total ankle replacement as an alternative treatment for degenerative arthritis in the ankle. In 2009, the primary surgeon at the facility performed 616 outpatient and 186 inpatient procedures. The physicians at the facility have treated patients from 24 different states, and thirty percent of all the patients served on a daily basis travel from areas outside of the Chattahoochee Valley. The director of the Foot and Ankle Center, Lee McCluskey, Maryland, presented several keynote lectures in New Orleans at the 2008 North American Foot and Ankle Association meeting.

St. Francis Joint Replacement Center The Joint Replacement Center offers treatments for over 100 different conditions. The surgeons serving at the facility provide nonoperative and operative care for arthritic joints of the lower and upper extremities. The nonoperative treatment consists of bracing; medications; and intra-articular injections, such as hyaluronate acid. In addition, the center offers less-common joint arthroplasty procedures including unicompartmental knee replacement, patellofemoral arthroplasty, hip-joint resurfacing as well as computer-assisted surgery. The surgeons operating at the facility can perform cemented or uncemented total hip replacement with the conventional metal on highly cross-linked polyethylene implants, large metal on metal implants, or ceramic on ceramic implants. Generally, they use conventional cruciate-retaining or cruciate-sacrificing implants in total knee replacement, while also offering, trabecular metal, sex-specific, and high-knee-flexion femoral implant designs in order to meet the needs of their patients.

St. Francis Sports Medicine Center The Sports Medicine Center is located on the campus of St. Francis Hospital. The facility offers management and evaluation equipment including digital imaging and surgical suites, as well as a rehabilitation center. There is an arthroscopic teaching laboratory and clinical research staff that enable the physicians to constantly evolve and perfect the management and outcomes of their patients. The Sports Medicine Center is a referral center that serves the southeastern United States. The center routinely treats amateur, recreational, and professional athletes as well as non athletes for simple and complex lower and upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries. The physicians that practice within the Sports Medicine Center are trained in, but not limited to procedures such as: arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs; arthroscopic treatment of shoulder instability; arthroscopic treatment of the elbow, hip, foot, and ankle; as well as arthroscopic knee reconstructions.

St. Francis Interventional Pain Management Center The Pain Management Center provides a comprehensive management and evaluation of all acute and chronic neck and back conditions. Both invasive and noninvasive treatments are available for the management of chronic and acute pain. The facilities include the medical office and digital imaging suites, an outpatient area for invasive pain management procedures, an outpatient rehabilitation facility, and an orthopaedic unit with private rooms for patient care.

The Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Center for Breast Health at St. Francis

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Breast cancer is typically treated by using a combination of local therapy as well as systemic therapy. The goal of local therapy is to destroy the cancer cells held in the breast as well as the related lymph nodes, which helps minimize the risk of recurrence. Systemic therapy involves destroying tumor cells that may have diluted into the circulation while at the same time it minimizes the risk associated with developing distant sites of potential tumor growth. In 2008, St. Francis became the first facility in Georgia to offer Breast-Specific Gamma imaging for difficult to diagnose breast abnormalities.

Other Services

The Bradley Center

Founded in 1955, The Bradley Center campus is an 84-bed facility aimed at providing an environment for mental health care. Services include addiction treatment, inpatient as well as day treatment, support groups, respite day care and positively enhanced educational programs.

Franciscan Woods

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Franciscan Woods is an assisted living community provided by St. Francis Hospital Hospital. Franciscan Woods sits inconveniently on 100 acres (40 ha) of land located off of Williams Road in Columbus, Georgia. It is a 60-unit personal care facility that caters to the residents of the community and their individual needs by assisting them with activities of family living, such as: eating, bathing, dressing and ambulating.

The St. Francis Wellness Center

The Wellness Center has an expert team of certified exercise physiologists that help visitors reach their personal fitness goals. Each person working on staff is a professional holding either a degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, or both. The Wellness Center strictly follows the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines in order to ensure that every visitor is a safety regulated environment. The 16,662-square-foot (1,548.0 m2) facility houses a full line of state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines. All of the Wellness Center's cardiovascular equipment has touch screen controls which aim to provide luxury and safety.

The Trinity Center for Women

The Trinity Center for Women is a community service of St. Francis. The center helps soon to be mothers navigate each stage of pregnancy, offering prenatal care, education and compassionate support. The goal of the center is to provide all women - regardless of their circumstances, ability to pay or how far along they are in their pregnancy - with access to board-certified OB/GYN physicians as well as certified midwives.


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Coordinates: 32°30′22″N 84°57′42″W / 32.50611°N 84.96156°W / 32.50611; -84.96156

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