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St. Francis Breaks Ground on New Central Energy Plant

June 28, 2022

Construction of this Central Energy Plant (CEP) is the first phase of a long-term facility master plan for the downtown St. Francis campus.

MONROE, LA – Earlier today St. Francis Medical Center held a Groundbreaking and Blessing of the Soil event for its new Central Energy Plant (CEP).  A central energy plant includes critical infrastructure for a hospital including mechanical and electrical operations, HVAC and backup generators.

"I'm very excited about the plans for our new Central Energy Plant (CEP). Our current plant is over 20 years old which exceeds what is considered a normal life expectancy," said Dr. Thomas Gullatt, President of St. Francis Medical Center. "This construction is an exciting step in moving St. Francis Forward as we plan to care for generations to come."

The new facility will be located on Wood Street which is adjacent to the main hospital campus in downtown Monroe and will include state-of-the-art chillers, boilers, mechanical systems, piping, generators and a power grid. This $37.5 million critical infrastructure project will take approximately 20 months to complete and will be funded through St. Francis Medical Center's capital budget over the next two years. 

Construction of this CEP is the first phase of a long-term facility master plan for the downtown St. Francis campus. 

Central Energy Plant Groundbreaking

About St. Francis Health

St. Francis Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Monroe, Louisiana, with more than 1,800 team members committed to caring for those we serve. With a 328-bed medical center, acute-care hospital, freestanding outpatient center, over 20 outpatient clinics and nearly 350 physician partners, for more than 100 years, St. Francis has provided comprehensive healthcare services for a variety of medical and surgical specialties. St. Francis offers Northeast Louisiana’s only Level 3 NICU, Level 3 OB and Level 2 PICU services. St. Francis Medical Center leads the region in heart and vascular services, critical care, and complex and minimally invasive surgical procedures. The hospital offers a designated Level 3 Trauma Program, Graduate Medical Education Program, Accredited Chest Pain Center, and Centers of Excellence in the areas of obstetrics, bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecology, and breast health. St. Francis is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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