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04/14/2017

Delivering Good Help on Good Friday and Beyond

Many recognize Bon Secours today as a leading not-for-profit health care provider, employing more than 25,000 and serving thousands through 19 acute care, five long-term care, four assisted living, six retirement communities/senior housing, 14 home care and hospice services and other facilities primarily along the East Coast.

But do you know why? Good Friday seems a fitting day to find out.

Bon Secours Health System’s vision is to partner with communities to create a more humane world, build health, support social justice, and provide exceptional value for those served. This has remained the focus for nearly two centuries.

Founded in 1824 in response to the needs of those who were sick and dying in Paris following the devastation of the French Revolution, a group of 12 women came together to form the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for “good help.” Through their care, they believed that they were bringing God’s healing, compassion and liberation to those in need by helping to alleviate their suffering and bringing a message of hope and assurance that there is a God who loves them.

In 1881, the congregation was invited by Cardinal Gibbons to the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The first three Sisters of Bon Secours arrived in Baltimore shortly after and by 1909 had established convents in Washington, D.C. and Detroit, Michigan.

In those early years, the Sisters provided the world’s first recorded formal home health care services and opened a day care facility to help working mothers whose only alternatives were orphanages. By 1916, St. Edmond’s Home for Crippled Children opened as the first Catholic home for the physically challenged, and in 1919 the Sisters established their first hospital in Baltimore.

By 1980, the Sisters had established or assumed responsibility for several Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care services. The Sisters formed Bon Secours Health System in 1983 to provide skilled, unified management and professional resources for all their health care operations, while preserving their Catholic tradition of providing quality care to all.

Since 1983, through acquisitions and joint ventures with other religious and non-sectarian organizations, the system has added facilities in several communities—Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina; Portsmouth, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News, Virginia; Suffern, Riverdale, Warwick, and Port Jervis, New York; Ashland, Kentucky; and St. Petersburg, Florida.

Good Friday is the day that Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day.

On this day especially, the mission of Bon Secours Health System to bring compassion to health care and deliver good help to those in need, especially those who are poor and dying, reminds us all why person-centric care is so vital in the communities we each call home. As a system of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness as part of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Because where hearts and minds are open and where mission and passion are united, miracles can happen.

Miracles like you.

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