Our History

For 140 years, Franciscan Alliance has stayed true to our founding mission to care for everyone who comes through our doors. We treat our patients with the best possible care by following the guiding ethical values embodied by our founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration.

Speaking little to no English, six Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration from Germany arrived in Lafayette late on December 14, 1875. They received help in seeking shelter, and then went to work with the support of community members to open a hospital three weeks later. Their mission was to provide compassionate care, hope and comfort to those in need.

The Sisters expanded the health system with more hospitals, schools, orphanages and homes for the elderly. And nearly a century after the first hospital opened its doors, the system was officially founded as the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services in 1974.

In 2012, our health system was selected to participate in a Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The ACO model is designed to provide more coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries, ultimately resulting in cost savings for patients.

Fast-forward to today and you will see that today we serve 13 communities in Indiana and Illinois through our hospital locations. We serve almost 50 communities through our more than 260 Franciscan Physician Network offices. Our system recognized the evolving changes in the health care landscape and the need to reinforce the shared capabilities across our hospitals and other healthcare facilities. We adopted a new name – Franciscan Health – to strengthen our presence as a large, comprehensive healthcare system.

Our Franciscan Mission & Values
Our Mission & Values
Throughout Franciscan Alliance, our physicians and all employees embrace and carry out our mission in every day's work.
Our Mission  Our Values