Franciscan History

The selfless acts of St. Francis of Assisi – a man who left behind all his worldly possessions to follow Christ’s mission and care for those in need – set forth the guiding values under which Franciscan Health began. In 1875, a group of Catholic Sisters from Olpe, Germany answered a call to bring St. Francis’ ministries of health and education to the Midwest United States. Here, they opened the doors of our system’s first hospital – what is now Franciscan Health Lafayette.


Founded by Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, the congregation later became known as the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. 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.


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. 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.

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Franciscan Carmel

10767 Illinois Street Suite 1300
Carmel, IN 46032
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Franciscan Mooresville

1215 Hadley Rd, Suite 205
Mooresville, IN 46158
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Franciscan Portage

3283 Willowcreek Rd

Portage, IN 46368
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Franciscan Valparaiso

2307 LaPorte Avenue Suite 8
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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Franciscan Hobart

101 West 61st Avenue
Hobart, IN 46342
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Franciscan Lafayette

3218 Daughtery, Suite 140
Lafayette, IN 47909
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Franciscan Crawfordsville

308 W. Market Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
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Franciscan Thompson Commons

5210 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237
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Franciscan Munster

7905 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
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Franciscan Crown Point

12800 Mississippi Parkway Suite A204
Crown Point, IN 46307
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Franciscan Michigan City

4111 South Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
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Franciscan Greenwood Stones Crossing

1703 W Stones Crossing Rd,
Suite 100 Greenwood, IN 46143
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Franciscan Rensselaer

1103 East Grace Street
Rensselaer, IN 47978

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