Sponsoring Institutions

The Mercy Communitylololologo

A faith-based organization that promotes wellness, embraces diversity and enhances quality of life, The Mercy Community (www.mchct.org) is committed to both excellent medicine and compassionate care. With that commitment comes an emphasis on health and wellness, healthy lifestyles and an overarching goal to provide stable, compassionate support as our residents, clients and patients journey through their lives.

The Mercy Community outstanding medical and support services to assist older adults at every stage of their lives. Because TMC follows in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, it also emphasizes respect for human dignity. The result is an environment dedicated to meeting each person's medical and spiritual needs.

The Mercy Community's organizations offer complete services to individuals of every faith.

These Services Include

  • Independent living for seniors
  • Assisted living
  • Skilled nursing care
  • Short-term rehabilitation and sub-acute care
  • Adult Day Center, a medical model program
  • Outpatient rehabilitation services
  • Alzheimer's/dementia care
  • Case management
  • Senior education and wellness programs
  • A wide variety of supportive services

The Mercy Community's member institutions are:

The McAuley
For active older adults seeking a secure yet rewarding lifestyle, The McAuley offers independent living in an ideal Connecticut location.

Saint Mary Home
Saint Mary Home provides an array of care options including skilled nursing care; supportive independent living; post-hospital recovery; physical, occupational and speech therapy services; a medical model adult day care program; specialized dementia care and respite care.


Saint Francis Care & Medical Center

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has come a long way since 1897, when the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry overcame near-impossible odds to open a two-room hospital in Hartford’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. The new hospital offered a refuge for immigrants who wanted to know that their faith and traditions would be understood and appreciated if they ever needed inpatient care.

From the beginning, Saint Francis served on the front lines against outbreaks of then-deadly infectious diseases, from typhoid fever to influenza and later polio. At the same time, Saint Francis doctors were quick to recognize that improving health required more than clinical work, and the first research laboratory opened in 1902, the same year that tuberculosis was reaching epic proportions in Hartford and across the United States.

In 1990, Saint Francis affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital, a Jewish-sponsored institution that opened in 1923. Mount Sinai was born of a vision similar to the one that led to the founding of Saint Francis decades earlier. The collaboration marked the first recorded instance of a Catholic and Jewish hospital affiliation in United States history. The arrangement was formalized as a corporate merger in 1995.

As the needs of Connecticut residents evolve, so does Saint Francis. In 2011, the John T. O’Connell Tower opened its doors. Ten stories high, the tower features a new emergency department with 70 treatment areas, 13 sheltered ambulance bays, and a rooftop helipad. The upper floors are home to 19 new operating rooms and 135 private patient rooms, including two floors dedicated to orthopedics.

From a fledgling hospital with 32 patients in a ward, Saint Francis has grown into New England’s largest Catholic hospital, with 617 licensed inpatient beds, 65 bassinets, and five centers of excellence that embrace patients at every stage of lifetime.

In the same way that Saint Francis honors the legacy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph through its mission of compassionate care, the hospital is always looking ahead to anticipate better ways to deliver that care in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Responding to the dynamics of the changing marketplace, the hospital recently adopted a five-year strategic plan designed to position it for future growth. The plan sets forth a road map for delivering on its promise of BestCare for a LifetimeSM. Toward that end, a patient-centered model of care has been envisioned to produce the perfect patient experience and the highest measurable quality across the continuum of care needed by our community.

From its humble beginnings, Saint Francis has continuously responded to the community’s evolving healthcare needs through a combination of the best clinical care, the best training of health care professionals, top-level research, and community support. Together, these principles have a allowed us to build a 114-year tradition of providing the BestCare for a LifetimeSM.