OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

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OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
OSF Healthcare System
Saint Francis expansion, Peoria.JPG
2006 expansion (The Milestone Project), looking northwest (new ER and children's hospital completed 2010)
Location Peoria, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 40°42′10″N 89°35′28″W / 40.70278°N 89.59111°W / 40.70278; -89.59111Coordinates: 40°42′10″N 89°35′28″W / 40.70278°N 89.59111°W / 40.70278; -89.59111
Care system Charity (extensive source of area discounted or pro-bono care)
Affiliated university Saint Francis College of Nursing, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center (adult and pediatric)
Beds 616
Founded 1876
Website http://www.osfsaintfrancis.org/
Lists Hospitals in Illinois

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States, is a teaching hospital[1] for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and part of the OSF Healthcare System.[2] The Center, which is the largest hospital in the Peoria metropolitan area and in central Illinois, is designated by the state of Illinois as the Level I adult and pediatric regional trauma center for a 26-county region in mid-Illinois. OSF Saint Francis owns the Children's Hospital of Illinois (though the Hospital has its own President), the OSF Saint Francis Heart Hospital, the Illinois Neurological Institute, and the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, which are all located either in or near the Medical Center. The hospital is a clinical training hospital for many medical students, interns, residents, and fellows of the Peoria campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.[3][4]

It is the largest Level I trauma center for adults and children between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas and the St. Louis metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest hospital in all of Illinois.[5]

The hospital offers adult and pediatric renal transplantation and adult pancreatic transplantation; most of the time, adult, and especially, pediatric, cardiac transplantation cases are referred to tertiary care academic medical transplantation centers in Chicago or St. Louis, though there are facilities and surgeons and physicians available for cardiac transplantation at the Center's Heart Institute and at the Children's Hospital, and they have been performed there repeatedly. The hospital offers advanced burn care, hyperbaric, and debridement and grafting services for both children and adults, and sometimes, if need be, can transfer very severe cases to the certified state burn units in Springfield, Chicago or St. Louis.

The Center's new Jump Trading Simulation Institute is used for bioengineering, biochemical research, research on new devices and tissues and grafts, and medical and nursing and bioengineering training.

The hospital made national and international headlines in the health care field on April 9, 2013, when a toddler, Hannah Warren, about 3, from South Korea (born to a Canadian father and South Korean mother) who was born without a trachea (a windpipe) received an artificial trachea that incorporated, with the plastic, her own living stem cells (the adult type), in the first bio-engineered transplant on a child in the U.S. and the first bio-engineered trachea transplant in the world. It is the first stem cell procedure of any kind at the Catholic medical center. The major 11-hour surgical procedure was led by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of Sweden's Karolinska Institute, along with top surgical and medical officials from OSF.[6] However, she died three months later from complications.


In 2000, the Center was listed among the "Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks, an indicator of the degree to which information technology was used in the Center.[7]

The Center received a Lantern Award in 2013 for nursing care in the emergency department.[8] The Center is also the #1 hospital in the state of Illinois for organ recovery.


The first hospital unit of what later became the Center was established in 1876 by a group of Franciscan Sisters who had been sent to Peoria, Illinois from a German expatriate group settled in Iowa City, Iowa.[9] In 1877, the Sisters who had migrated to Peoria were granted permission to form an independent religious community and became "The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Illinois".

In 2009 and 2010, the Medical Center built a new emergency room. A new Children's Hospital of Illinois was built, with a new Level I pediatric and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (the only one in Central Illinois) and emergency room. The Milestone Project was the largest expansion in the hospital's history. The hospital is now home to nearly all pediatric and adult services.


The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (led by Sister Judith Ann Duvall, O.S.F.) is established as a non-profit organization and is the parent company of OSF Healthcare, which in turn is the operator of the OSF Healthcare System. The religious order of nuns and the hospital is not considered a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, but still works closely with it.[10] The System consists of 12 facilities in Illinois, including the Center, plus one in Escanaba, Michigan.[2]


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