OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

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OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States, is a teaching hospital for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and part of the OSF Healthcare System. The Center, which is the largest hospital in the Peoria metropolitan area, is the Level I adult and pediatric regional trauma center for a 26-county region in central Illinois and includes as part of its' corporate structure and campus physical facility the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, the OSF Saint Francis Heart Hospital, and the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. The hospital is a clinical training hospital for many medical students, residents, and fellows of the Peoria campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Awards
In 2000, the Center was listed among the "Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems" by Hospitals & Health Networks , an indicator of the degree to which information technology was used in the Center.

History
The first hospital unit of what later became the Center was established in 1876 by a group of Franciscan Sisters who had been sent to Peoria, Illinois from a German expatriate group settled in Iowa City, Iowa. In 1877, the Sisters who had migrated to Peoria were granted permission to form an independent religious community and became " The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria, Illinois".

Organization
The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis is established as a non-profit organization and is the parent company of OSF Healthcare, which in turn is the operator of the OSF Healthcare System. The System consists of 10 facilities in Illinois, including the Center, plus one in Escanaba, Michigan.

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