Saint Francis Celebrates Unity Day With Trinity Health

Regional ministry will continue the traditions of Saint Francis’s founders

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2015) - Today, Saint Francis Care exchanged symbolic gifts with its new parent, Trinity Health, and lit a three-wick unity candle celebrating the union of the two organizations.

The ceremonial transition ritual marks the transfer of Saint Francis' sponsorship from the Archdiocese of Hartford to Trinity Health’s public juridic person, Catholic Health Ministries. Trinity Health welcomes each of its new members with a reproduction of a 15th century religious icon depicting the Holy Trinity. Painted by Andrei Rublev in 1410, the Icon of the Old Testament Trinity depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre.  

Today’s ritual involved a reflection on the history of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, with spiritual and reflective readings and music. During the event, Trinity Health, Saint Francis and Mount Sinai executives, Mission and governance leaders, sponsors and founders reminisced about their legacies and vision for the future. 

“Today we celebrate as Saint Francis Care and Trinity Health unite as a family, marking the beginning of a new era, as well as the continuation of our most deeply rooted traditions,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO, Trinity Health’s New England region. “The compassion and reverence for human life that inspired and fueled the hearts of our founding Sisters remains at the core of what we are, and, most importantly, at the core of what we strive to be. 

“As the Trinity Health New England region, we will work together in harmony to expand our Mission of providing health and healing through excellence, compassionate care,” he added. “We couldn’t be more excited to be part of this ministry and to contribute our expertise in the creation of this regional health ministry.” 

“Throughout its long history, Saint Francis Hospital has been committed to providing the best quality healthcare, and doing so in keeping with its Catholic identity. The newly announced strategic partnership with Trinity Health makes it possible for this Mission not only to continue, but to grow. Saint Francis will be better positioned to meet today’s challenges in the medical field, and at the same time to operate in accordance with the moral, ethical, and social teachings of the Church. This is very much in keeping with Pope Francis’ call to live the “corporal works of mercy,” among which caring for the sick has a very special place. My congratulations go to Saint Francis and Trinity Health,” said The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. 

"With today's ceremony, we reiterated our commitment to carrying on the important tradition of Catholic healthcare in Hartford and across the region,” said Richard J. Gilfillan, M.D., president and CEO, Trinity Health. “Through the delivery of high-value care and through our compassionate Mission and core values, we will, together, bring high-value people-centered healthcare to the New England region.” 

Effective October 1, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital and other Saint Francis entities began providing care under the umbrella of Trinity Health and formed a new Trinity Health region in New England along with the Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Mass., and its subsidiaries.  

Subject to regulatory approvals, Saint Mary's Health System in Waterbury, Conn., and Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford Springs, Conn., plan to join the new region. The new regional health system will embody all participating organizations' shared commitments to Catholic values and high-quality, high-value healthcare. 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Saint Francis and its other major entities - Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at Saint Francis, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners – joined Trinity Health in 2015. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis Partner.