St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 78-bed, faith-based, not-for-profit community hospital located in Gonzales, Louisiana. It serves Ascension Parish, Louisiana's fastest growing area in the state, and parts of the surrounding parishes of Iberville, St. James, and Livingston.
The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, and surgical services with the support of over 300 affiliated physicians and over 500 team members.
St. Elizabeth Hospital has been recognized five times as Hospital of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, and has been named to the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare® by Modern Healthcare Magazine. It is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the national healthcare accrediting agency.
The hospital's physician group, St. Elizabeth Physicians, is a wholly-owned subsidiary with 11 locations through Ascension Parish, over 70 primary care, specialists, and advanced practitioners.
St. Elizabeth Hospital was purchased in 2000 by Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the largest private medical center in Louisiana. In December, 2004, St. Elizabeth Hospital became the fourth hospital in the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. Our sponsorship by the FMOL Healthy System has provided the means to expand and upgrade the hospital and services to meet the needs of a growing community. St. Elizabeth Hospital and the sponsored organizations of the FMOL Health System srive to create a healing and spiritual presence through service, reverence and love for all of life, joyfulness of spirit, humility, and justice for all those entrusted to our care.
The five sponsored organizations of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System are:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Our Sponsors: The Franciscan Missionaries Of Our Lady
Catholic communities of Sisters devoted to caring for the sick were instrumental in developing the hospital system in America. One or more hospitals in every major city of the United States can trace its heritage to the efforts of Catholic Sisters.
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, one of the many orders of Sisters operating throughout the world and in the United States of America, began in 1854 when seven autonomous groups of Franciscan Sisters in France banded together and were named the Franciscan Sisters of Calais.
With the impetus of a rapidly growing organization, the Franciscan Sisters of Calais expanded into Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The United States group, organized and operating solely in Louisiana, began in 1911 when six Franciscan Sisters arrived in response to a request from Bishop Van de Ven to bring their healing ministry to Louisiana. Two years later in 1913, St. Francis Sanitarium opened in Monroe.
In 1921, the Franciscan Sisters were invited to open a sanitarium in Baton Rouge. Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium was dedicated in 1923.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette was opened in 1949 in response to an invitation from Bishop Jeanmard. In 2004, St. Elizabeth Hospital became a sponsored hospital under the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
Many decades later, the congregation of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady remains strongly committed to its ministry of health and spiritual wholeness, serving all of God's people through their ministry of healthcare.
To read more about the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, please visit their website.