Saints Foundation brings together the fundraising arms of two not-for-profit healthcare organizations St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The St. Francis Development Division and the St. Gertrude’s Foundation work together to connect the passion and commitment of community donors and volunteers with services and programs that help improve community health. More specifically, Saints Foundation will secure financial resources and make grants to St. Francis Regional Medical Center or St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in order to:
- Expand innovative, patient-centered healthcare programs and services.
- Purchase cutting edge technologies that improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
- Enhance the campus’ physical environment to promote a healing environment.
- Enrich support services that ease the burden of illness and disease for patients and their families.
- Support charity and mission-related care, which promotes community health and health care services for the poor and powerless.
Saints Foundation unites the unique strengths of St. Francis and St. Gertrude’s to provide meaningful opportunities to advance the future of health care. From the first breath of a baby at St. Francis Family Birth Place to the last breath of an elderly patient at St. Gertrude’s End-of-Life Hospice Suite, donations through Saints Foundation make a difference.
The Mission of the Saints Foundation is to:
- Ensure the necessary resources exist to fulfill the
missions of St. Francis and St. Gertrude’s.
- Increase awareness within the community of the
healthcare services they provide.
- Identify and facilitate opportunities for increasing
philanthropic support from the community.
Our Core Values
We will accomplish our mission by living out the following
values in all we do: Hospitality, Joy, Justice, Partnership,
Respect and Stewardship.
St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center
St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center has a rich tradition of providing quality long term and rehabilitative care for the residents of Scott, Carver and western Dakota counties. The seeds of St. Gertrude’s founding were planted in 1888 when Mother Scholastica Kerst and her blood sister, Sister Alexia Kerst, led a small group of Benedictine Sisters from St. Joseph, Minnesota to Duluth to establish St. Mary’s Hospital. From these efforts emerged the Benedictine Health System, a nationally recognized non-profit leader in providing services and care for older adults, of which St. Gertrude’s is a reputed member. Today, St. Gertrude’s offers assisted living apartments, long term care beds, short term rehabilitation beds, end of life suites and spiritual care. In the Christian tradition of servanthood, St. Gertrude’s serves persons of all faiths in a caring environment.
St. Gertrude’s has been serving our community for over twenty years with 105 skilled nursing beds for long term resident care and short term rehab therapy. We also have 40 assisted living apartments providing seniors assistance in daily living in a nurturing and active community. Additionally, we are physically adjacent to the hospital on a comprehensive medical campus.
St. Gertrude’s offers:
- Transitional care
- Rehabilitation for cognitively impaired
- Home therapy
- Assisted living community at The Gardens
- End of Life suites
- Integrative health therapies
- Therapy outpatient services, including aquatic therapy and mobility courtyard
St. Francis Regional Medical Center
In the 1930’s when the nearest hospital was in Minneapolis, three local residents – Bror Pearson, M.D., Father Marks and Frank Strunk – petitioned a group of Franciscan Sisters to open a hospital in Shakopee that would serve all community residents.
With community support and $2,000, they purchased the Scott County poorhouse and founded St. Francis Hospital and Home in 1938. The transformation of the Poorhouse into a makeshift hospital was assigned to four young German Sisters – Sister Alphonsine Segar, Sister Paschalia Etges, Sister Ascentia Froehling and Sister Johanna Metzen. For two weeks prior to opening the facility, the Sisters painstakingly worked together with community members to bring the old structure up to state standards. Finally, on November 3, 1938, they opened the doors to serve all who needed care.
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Board of Directors
Saints Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of community members, as well as healthcare professionals representing both St. Francis Regional Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center. These members, along with their professional affiliation and city of residence or business, are listed below: