Serving the Community

In 1997, the Saint Francis Foundation was created to launch a renaissance of new growth and momentum for the Hospital. Since then, with the generous support of our community, the Foundation has raised over $25 million to renovate and expand facilities, support critical outreach and prevention programs, add state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and bring advanced medical services to our community.

Highlights of the Foundation’s efforts include raising funds for one of the most advanced Heart Centers in the region; completely renovating and expanding the Emergency Department; and bringing the first robotic surgical system of its kind to Delaware—the daVinci® Surgical System. All while remaining committed to supporting critical outreach and prevention programs like the Saint Clare Medical Van, Tiny Steps and the Center of Hope that provide medical care to the people in our community who need our help the most—the uninsured and underinsured.

Like all nonprofit organizations, Saint Francis relies heavily on philanthropy to offset its operating costs. As an institution with a mission of providing top quality, compassionate medical care to anyone in our community who needs it regardless of their ability to pay, those costs are substantial. That is why your support is so important.

Saint Francis Hospital and Foundation are committed to bringing state-of-the-art medical services to our region, while remaining true to our mission of caring for the people in our community who need our help the most—the uninsured and the underinsured. Through our community outreach programs, Saint Francis extends its care beyond the walls of the Hospital reaching into the neighborhoods of New Castle County to identify, diagnose and treat underserved people who have limited or no options available for primary healthcare services.

Saint Clare Medical Outreach Van

As a full-service doctor’s office on wheels, the Saint Clare Medical Outreach Van travels the streets of Wilmington delivering medical care to people who are homeless, poor and uninsured. Over the years, more than 80,000 patient visits have been conducted from the Van. Every day, the Van’s staff vaccinate children who are uninsured, dispense medications for people with prescriptions they cannot afford to fill, and provide ongoing medications for people with chronic illnesses and acute medical problems.

Dr. Thom Scott Pharmaceutical Fund

The Dr. Thom Scott Pharmaceutical Fund was established at the Saint Francis Foundation to help pay for these medications and ensure that patients can count on the consistent, effective care they need and deserve.

Tiny Steps Program

The Tiny Steps Program is giving the smallest, most vulnerable members of our community a fighting chance. In a state with an alarmingly high infant mortality rate, the Tiny Steps Program is fostering healthy pregnancies, healthy babies and healthy families. Operating out of the Family Practice Center at Saint Francis Hospital and the Center of Hope in Newark, Tiny Steps offers complete prenatal and maternity care, bilingual health classes, patient/parent education and counseling to all expectant mothers, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Center of Hope

This full-service Family Practice Center provides primary healthcare to medically underserved people in the Newark area, with a special focus on the needs of the Latino community. To ensure services are provided in a culturally appropriate environment, a majority of the staff is bilingual and all both understand and respect cultural differences. In addition to medical care, the Center combines an intensive patient education program with each visit to help reduce acute illness and promote healthy lifestyles in an at-risk population.

To ensure all members of our community have the quality, compassionate care they deserve click here for information on how to make a donation.