The religious community of Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis was founded in Telgte, Westphalia, Germany in 1844. A Franciscan priest, Father Christopher Bernsmeyer, OFM, sought the assistance of five German women in order to minister to the needs of the sick poor in the area.
In 1875, 20 Sisters came to America as missionaries from Germany. Over the years, their numbers and works multiplied. Hospital Sisters Health System became a primary vehicle for reaching the sick in America.
The Hospital Sisters Health System is the thirteenth largest acute care hospital system in the United States with 13 hospitals throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Corporate headquarters and the motherhouse of Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis (sponsor of St. Elizabeth's Hospital) are located in Springfield, Illinois. View our 2012 Annual Report here.
Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham, Illinois*
St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, Illinois
St. Joseph's Hospital, Breese, Illinois*
St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland, Illinois*
St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Illinois
St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, Illinois
St. Mary's Hospital, Streator, Illinois
St. Mary Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, Wisconsin
St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, Wisconsin
* Indicates Southern Illinois Division