The Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours was founded in France in 1824. The Sisters of Bon Secours established their first hospital in the United States in Baltimore in 1919, and their second in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1945. By 1980, the Sisters had established or assumed responsibility for numerous Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health care services.
The Bon Secours Health System began as a loose affiliation of these facilities and served primarily as a resource center. The System was officially formed in 1983 to provide skilled, unified management and professional resources for all Bon Secours health operations.
Since 1993, the System has expanded several times to include 18 owned or joint ventured acute care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five assisted living facilities, five long-term care or nursing care facilities, 15 home care and hospice programs, and numerous ambulatory and primary care clinics. Currently, the system has health ministries in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
The Bon Secours Health System headquarters and the United States Provincial House of the Sisters of Bon Secours are located in Marriottsville, Maryland, about 20 miles west of Baltimore. In 2006, the Vatican approved the formation of Bon Secours Ministries as the sponsor of Bon Secours Health System. Although the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, were the sponsors for the health system for 23 years, the new model enables them to share sponsorship of the health system with lay leaders. Bringing on leaders other than Sisters of Bon Secours into the role of sponsorship helps ensure the continuance of the sisters’ Catholic health ministry into the future.
The Health System provides skilled, unified management and professional resources for all Bon Secours health care operations while preserving Bon Secours’ Catholic tradition of providing compassionate, quality care to all, especially those who were the poor and sick. The Board of Directors of BSHSI oversees the affairs of the corporation, with special emphasis on policy and direction setting supporting management in providing leadership for the Health System.
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