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CHI Health St. Francis

CHI Health St. Francis has been Grand Island’s hospital since 1887. Today, the hospital is a regional referral center, with more than 100 physicians and more than 1,100 employees working together to build a healthier community — our goal is to provide patients with high-quality medical care close to home, where they can be supported by their family, friends, and community.

Being a part of a larger organization provides us with opportunities to share resources, capitalize on the latest research and innovation, and provide the best care possible for our patients.

CHI is a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 17 states and includes 78 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted-, and residential-living facilities; two community health services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education, and research. With total annual revenues of more than $10.7 billion and approximately 83,000 employees, CHI ranks as the nation’s second-largest faith-based health system.

St. Francis is also part of the largest regional health care system in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, CHI Health. The system includes 15 acute care hospitals, two psychiatric care facilities, and two physician-practice groups within a single, clinically integrated network. Together, the members of CHI Health work to create healthier communities and brighter futures for all Nebraskans.

Commitment to Safety

Your safety is our highest priority. We’re constantly striving to improve.

This is one example of our many ongoing safety efforts.

Goal: Reduce occurrence of pressure ulcers (skin sores) in patients with limited mobility

Action: Use pressure reduction mattresses and consult wound care specialists

Result: No serious pressure ulcers for over 250 days 

Magnet Recognized

CHI Health St. Francis has been designated as a Magnet organization. The Magnet Recognition Program designates organizations worldwide where nursing leaders successfully align their nursing strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. The Magnet Recognition Program provides a roadmap to nursing excellence, which benefits the whole of an organization. To nurses, Magnet Recognition means education and development through every career stage, which leads to greater autonomy at the bedside. To patients, it means the very best care, delivered by nurses who are supported to be the very best that they can be.

4 Star Rating for Skilled Care

CHI Health St. Francis Skilled Care recently received 4-stars from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The prestigious rating is the highest any nursing homes in our area received. Our staff love what they do and they love to help people meet and surpass their goals! It’s quite the honor!

St. Francis Skilled Care is a licensed 36-bed facility providing a variety of care needs post hospitalization. In addition to our highly-trained nurses, available 24/7, we offer a full-scope of rehabilitation services, social workers to arrange for care after discharge and activities directors to help our patients reach their goals.

CHI Health St. Francis

2620 West Faidley Ave. Grand Island, NE 68803

(308) 384-4600

Our Services

St. Francis Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center

The St. Francis Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center (ADTC) offers residential and outpatient treatment services for substance use disorders.

Experience expert heart care that’s in rhythm with you. Our local heart experts at CHI Health Clinic in Grand Island and Hastings have been caring for the community for more than 20 years and have 70+ years of combined experience, advanced knowledge and techniques to keep your heart in tune. We’re proud to live and work in the community, and continue to serve our friends and neighbors in Central Nebraska with 24/7 in-person care.

A sophisticated range of cardiology services is also available nearby at CHI Health St. Francis in Grand Island, should you need it for:

  • Managing serious conditions such as chronic heart failure
  • Treating heart emergencies at our brand new, state-of-the art, 24/7 Cath Lab
  • Recovering from heart illness and improving your health with Cardiac Rehabilitation 

A benefit of being part of CHI Health is easy access to the advanced care and services of our extended team, including:

We also offer the online convenience of one consistent medical record system, MyChart, so all of your information is one place for managing your health care. 

Our local specialized services include:


St. Francis was one of the first hospitals in Central Nebraska to utilize Aquapheresis™ Therapy, also known as ultrafiltration therapy, which is designed to safely and effectively remove excess salt and water from the bodies of patients who are suffering from fluid overload due to heart failure.

A low salt diet, fluid restriction or other therapies can help patients reduce fluid – such as a water pill, or diuretic, given orally or intravenously. However, these treatments do not always work effectively, resulting in a need for alternative therapy – such as Aquapheresis™.

Heart Failure

One in five adults over the age of 40 will develop heart failure. Early diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle improvements can help people with heart failure enjoy longer, more fulfilling lives. Our comprehensive heart failure program and team of experts offer highly specialized, proven treatments to help those with heart failure get back to the life they love.

St. Francis is pleased to provide superior heart and vascular care through a partnership with CHI Health Nebraska Heart, which has been ranked as a top cardiac hospital in Nebraska. The same cardiovascular physicians from Nebraska Heart also practice at St. Francis. This partnership allows us to provide you with a high level of specialization in the fast-advancing field of cardiology.

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you’re dealing with a heart or lung condition, you may need to make lifestyle changes that can seem overwhelming. Our cardiac and pulmonary rehab staff is here to help you make the changes needed to become healthier.

Our cardiac rehab staff includes nurses with special training in caring for patients who have heart and lung problems. What they do best is make everyone feel welcome every time they walk through the door. Our nurses will teach you, encourage you, and support you on your path to wellness, so you can achieve:

  • Improved physical fitness and ability to exercise
  • Better knowledge of heart and lung disease
  • Increased independence and quality of life
  • Understanding of a heart-healthy lifestyle and decrease the risk of future heart problems

State-of-the-Art 24/7 Cath Lab

The all-new Cardiac and Vascular Catheterization Lab at St. Francis (opened in March of 2022) is on the leading edge of heart care. In addition to heart attack care, the new Cath Lab accommodates routine and diagnostic cardiac procedures, such as:

  • Heart catheterizations
  • Angioplasty
  • Implanted pacemaker device
  • Vascular Procedures

Vascular Surgery

Your vascular system is a complex expressway of veins and arteries. Vascular surgery may be needed when blocked or hardened arteries lead to vascular disease. CHI Health’s vascular program offers a range of preventive screenings and vascular surgery options with providers who are experienced in vascular procedures.

If joint pain is keeping you from participating in activities you enjoy, hip or knee replacement has the potential to restore your independence and quality of life.

The St. Francis Joint Replacement Center gives you access to first-class care close to home. You can remain near family and they can easily be involved in your care. Recovery is often quicker than you might expect. Most of our joint replacement patients are able to walk the day of surgery.

Free Joint Pain Seminar

Learn more about treatment options at a FREE seminar led by joint replacement coordinator Natalie Chavez, BSN, RN, CMSRN on the second Tuesday of each month at CHI Health St. Francis. Please call if you have any questions.

Please note that masks are required and we are taking precautions with seating and attendance to ensure proper social distancing.  Sessions take place in Conference Room 6A/B.

For questions, please call (308) 365-2208.

The Joint Camp Difference

One of the greatest features of the St. Francis Joint Replacement Center is Joint Camp. This program allows joint replacement patients to share the experience with other “campers”—everything from preoperative education to postoperative rehabilitation. The campers encourage each other to reach goals and celebrate achievements together.

Our Joint Camp participants select coaches to help them through recovery. The coach can be a friend or family member who learns about joint replacement and recovery right along with the camper. This knowledge is especially helpful once patients get home and need help with everyday activities such as getting dressed and preparing meals for the first couple of weeks.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Get back to the things you love. This new approach offers patients less pain and a faster recovery.


The inpatient tower at St. Francis was designed to be a relaxing, healing environment. While at the Joint Replacement Center, you’ll stay in a private room with ample space for family and visitors.

The Nebraska Room is a bright cheery space where patients participate in group physical therapy.

Pain Control

Managing your pain is always at the forefront of our care. Although we can’t eliminate all pain, we do all we can to manage discomfort so you can tolerate the activities that will get you mobile and active again.

Before surgery, anesthesia providers will discuss your options for pain management. They will listen to your expectations and work with you to devise a plan that suits your needs.

Our anesthesiologists offer regional or general anesthesia.

We know every patient has individual pain management needs. A patient’s pain control is closely monitored after surgery by specially trained nurses.

At CHI Health Clinic St. Francis, we can provide you and your family with quality primary care.

Same-Day Appointments

When you need care and tomorrow isn’t soon enough make a same-day appointment. Our experienced primary care physicians and staff are committed to providing care to patients of all ages — babies to seniors — even on short notice. Call the clinic to schedule. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

We do provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for all approved ages (Pfizer vaccine brand). Appointments are required. To schedule call our office, or you can schedule a drive-up test via CHI Health Virtual Quick Care. 

The events that bring patients to rehabilitation at St. Francis change their lives forever. Because each person is unique, our team individualizes every patient’s care. We understand that each patient has individual needs and will progress at a different pace. Each patient’s treatment plan is different and designed to help that person improve all that they can to resume functional daily living.

With our warm, inviting atmosphere, inpatient rehabilitation at St. Francis is the best place for you to recover from an illness or injury. Best of all, St. Francis is close to home, allowing you to benefit from the support of your friends and family.

Located on the sixth floor of the Inpatient Tower, the 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation area offers care that focuses on improving a patient’s mobility and independence through physical, occupational, and speech therapies. St. Francis sees patients dealing with the physical effects of stroke, fractures, arthritis, cardiac surgery, or neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

Inpatient rehabilitation provides patients experiencing functional difficulties as the result of health problems with an opportunity to focus their energy on recovery. There are several benefits of inpatient rehabilitation at St. Francis:

  • Access to licensed physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Home-like apartment setting to practice activities of daily living
  • Home evaluation for safety and physical challenges
  • Care from an interdisciplinary team of professionals working together to maximize recovery and individual gains
  • Weekly team conferences
  • Patient and family training
  • On-site pre-admission screening
  • Admission from hospital, home, or other facility

We’re happy to discuss our services and philosophy as well as arrange a tour of the inpatient rehabilitation area at St. Francis. Please call us at (308) 398-5770.

Rehabilitation greatly benefits patients who experience:

  • Limitations in self-care
  • Impaired mobility, balance, and coordination
  • Limitations in joint strength and motion
  • Changes in memory, thought processing, reasoning, and rational thinking
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Swallowing disorders

These functional difficulties may be the result of stroke, hip fractures, some forms of arthritis, amputations, neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, muscular dystrophy), major multiple trauma, spinal cord injury and brain injury.

If you believe you may benefit from inpatient rehabilitation services, please call us at (308) 398-5770. A member of our staff will perform a screening at no charge. If it’s determined that inpatient rehabilitation is not appropriate, we can discuss other alternatives and resources.

The Care Team

We take an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. This means that everyone on our treatment team works together to ensure you receive the best care and that we maximize your recovery. Your team can include, but is not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Social worker or case manager
  • Dietitian
  • Patient care assistants
  • You and your family

Other special services such as psychology and prosthesis training are available based on the needs of the patient. Spiritual care is available through our pastoral services department or local clergy members.

A stroke is brain damage caused by a blocked or bleeding artery in the brain. The American Stroke Association estimates that nearly 800,000 people will suffer a new or recurrent stroke this year.  

Stroke Treatment

Time is brain. See our Neurological Institute section for how strokes are treated and why minutes matter.

Best Outcomes

The CHI Health St. Francis Stroke Center has received national certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This means that we provide quality care to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

We provide rapid response in diagnosing and treating stroke patients. Our highly-specialized team collaborates at all stages of treatment using the most advanced research and technology.

CHI Health St. Francis received the 2023 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Multidisciplinary Team

At St. Francis, our medical team consists of physicians and medical specialists from neurology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, as well as respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists.  

The director of the Stroke Center is Dr. Adeolu Morowa, a Board Certified Neurologist. For more information, contact our St. Francis Stroke coordinator at (308) 398-5896.

What Sets Us Apart

We are committed to ensuring that no matter what CHI Health Hospital you go to, we can ensure you will receive the highest level of care. Our system of care allows us to utilize resources to help ensure quality care throughout all campuses. See all of our hospital locations below.

We have developed a One-Call Transfer Center at CHI Health which helps if you need specialty care that is not available in your exact location, we get you transferred quickly and efficiently to a CHI Health Hospital that can manage your care.

Expert women’s care now in Grand Island! We have added Women’s Health providers who will listen closely and address your health concerns. With routine exams to pregnancy care to menopause management and more, we are committed to caring for women – in every stage of life.

Now Offering Midwifery

New arrivals are a team effort. We have the resources, now including midwifery, that you need to have the moment you've been dreaming of. Our comprehensive team includes an expert L&D team at CHI Health St. Francis and 24/7 NNP coverage in the NICU.

Mother's Milk Depot

Our clinic is also a collection site for mothers interested in donating breast milk. We have partnered with the Mother's Milk Bank of Colorado to offer mothers the opportunity to make a difference in babies' lives. For more information please read our brochure. If you are interested in donating milk, contact the clinic at (308) 398-9393 for eligibility requirements.

MD Save Procedures

CHI Health has partnered with MD Save to bring you savings on certain procedures at our facilities. Search for your needed procedure, purchase your discounted voucher online, and then follow the scheduling instructions for your provider. Present your voucher at time of service as proof of payment.