Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Jim Lawrence, RN, MBA, has accepted the newly-established position of Director of Mission. Lawrence officially started his new role July 31, 2017.
The mission director will support Saint Francis in fulfilling its mission: to provide a ministry of healing and wellness inspired by its Catholic philosophy and values. The roots of Saint Francis Hospital were established in 1875 when three Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from Salzkotten Germany (via Carondelet, South St. Louis), began work in a rented two-story framed house accommodating 12 patients. They came to Cape Girardeau at the request of Fr. Joseph Schmidt, pastor of St. Mary Church (now St. Mary Cathedral). Read more