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St. Francis Medical Center: Elevating Healthcare Standards in Northeast Louisiana

November 20, 2023

Excellence in Cardiovascular, Stroke and Trauma Care

Monroe, LA - St. Francis Medical Center continues to set new standards in healthcare, solidifying its position as the premier healthcare provider in Northeast Louisiana. With a relentless commitment to clinical excellence, St. Francis Medical Center is proud to announce a series of prestigious accolades that highlight its unwavering dedication to patient-centered care.

"At St. Francis Medical Center, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care for cardiovascular, stroke and trauma patients in our community," said Thomas Gullatt, MD, President of St. Francis Health. "These recent accolades, including our designation as a Level III Trauma Center, accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center, and reaccreditation as a Certified Chest Pain Center with PCI, highlight our commitment to cardiac, stroke, and trauma care excellence. We are proud of our dedicated team and their relentless efforts to provide outstanding care to our patients."

Level III Trauma Center Verification

St. Francis Medical Center has reached another milestone by being verified as a Level III adult trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. This verification recognizes the center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients, marking a pivotal achievement in maintaining the highest level of patient care, particularly during emergencies.

“Becoming a verified Level III trauma center is a testament to our unwavering commitment to patient care. We've invested in resources, training and technology to ensure that we can respond effectively to the needs of our community during critical moments,” said John Bruchhaus, MD, Chief Medical Officer at St. Francis Health. “This achievement underscores our dedication to clinical excellence and our ongoing pursuit of the highest standards in trauma care.” 

Dual Accolades in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care

St. Francis Medical Center has achieved dual accolades in cardiovascular and stroke care, showcasing its exceptional expertise in these critical areas. The medical center has secured a new accreditation as a Joint Commission approved Primary Stroke Center. This designation underscores the center's relentless pursuit of excellence in comprehensive stroke care. The highly trained and specialized team of healthcare professionals remains dedicated to delivering timely, evidence-based interventions for stroke patients, ensuring that residents in Northeast Louisiana have access to top-tier stroke care when they need it most.

In addition, St. Francis Medical Center has been reaccredited as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), reinforcing its commitment to delivering rapid, efficient, and effective care to cardiac patients.

The medical center has also received the Platinum Performance Award from the American College of Cardiology, an accolade granted to healthcare facilities consistently adhering to the highest standards of heart attack care. This recognition reflects St. Francis Medical Center's exceptional performance in heart attack care, including swift diagnosis, timely interventions, and ongoing improvements.

Commitment to Clinical Excellence

As St. Francis Medical Center continues to deliver exceptional healthcare services and serve as a trusted healthcare provider for the community for over 110 years, these achievements mark pivotal milestones, solidifying the medical center's commitment to maintaining the highest level of patient care, particularly during emergencies.

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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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Saundra Nalley
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St. Francis Health



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