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Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Celebrates 5 Years of Empowering Communities with Healthcare Anchor Network

March 20, 2024

Strategic Partnership Aims to Drive Inclusive Healthcare Solutions and Community Empowerment

Baton Rouge, LA - Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) proudly commemorates more than five years of collaboration with the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), a dynamic alliance of over 70 healthcare systems committed to addressing health disparities.

"Our membership in the Healthcare Anchor Network aligns seamlessly with our mission to foster inclusive, healthier communities,” said Tina Schaffer, FMOLHS vice president, chief talent strategy and diversity officer. "We recognize the transformative power of collective efforts and are eager to contribute to HAN's mission of leveraging healthcare assets for community empowerment."

During its time within HAN, FMOLHS has expanded opportunities for high school students. Partnerships with regional high schools offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide students with certifications in EKG and medical assisting, setting pathways for aspiring RNs. For those opting for alternative routes, the organization supports pathways to community colleges and LPN programs, showcasing a unique approach shaped by HAN's non-traditional talent acquisition methods.

Fully immersed in HAN's mission, FMOLHS strategically aligns hiring, purchasing, and investing decisions to enhance local economies and community conditions. The organization is strategically poised to make a substantial contribution, having aligned with institutions employing over 2 million people and collectively influencing a substantial $200 billion in investment assets.

Over the past years, FMOLHS has increased its community investments, academic partnerships, tuition assistance and financial stability programs which all have a profound impact on ensuring healthier communities in Louisiana and Mississippi.

This partnership opens avenues for collaborative initiatives, knowledge exchange, and innovative healthcare solutions that will have a lasting impact on the communities served. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, through its involvement with HAN, envisions pioneering transformative healthcare programs, fostering economic and racial equity, and creating lasting positive change in the communities it serves.

To learn more about Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and its commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians and integrated health systems. The health system’s unified physician organization is comprised of more than 1,100 adult and pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. The system’s nine main campus hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Heart Hospital, and Women's & Children's Hospital in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, visit

Media Contact

Alexandra Stubbs
Director of Public Relations
Franciscan Missionaries of
Our Lady Health System



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