Since its inception in the late 1880s, St. Francis Hospital has been infused with vision and dedicated to clinical excellence, whole-person care and serving the unique needs of its communities. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis and the Sisters of Charity, St. Francis Hospital celebrates the value of each person's life by lovingly offering care to people regardless of who they are, what they believe or where they're from. We seek to combine finely honed medical skills with a compassionate touch to care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit. In this manner, we strive to create healing sanctuaries that carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ.
About Our Hospital
Expert and compassionate care, honoring and respecting patients and their families
St. Francis Hospital opened in August 2008. This 195 licensed bed facility is the only full-service hospital in Northern Colorado Springs and features a modern Birth Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services and Critical Care Unit. It is also the home base for the Flight For Life Colorado air ambulance helicopter service.
St. Francis Hospital by the numbers
- Active Medical Staff: 1,083
- 2021 ED Visits: 41,466
- Licensed Beds: 276
- Surgical Suites: 17
- FY21 Uncompensated/Charity Care: $68.7 million
St. Francis Hospital Leadership
Dr. Brian Erling is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. In his previous role, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Centura Health where he was responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the establishment and sustained success of Centura Health in clinical excellence and optimal value to support whole-person care.
Prior to this role, Dr. Erling served as Group Chief Medical Officer for what was the organization’s Mountains & North Denver hospitals. A highly experienced emergency medicine specialist, Dr. Erling has long been a leader in quality improvement and recently completed a Baldrige Executive Fellowship.
Prior to joining Centura Health, Dr. Erling served as President of the Alliance Group, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare, where he managed all of the physician management contracts with the Hospital Corporation of America. He was also a founding partner of the Apex Emergency Group PC in Denver, and has served as the Denver Medical Director for American Medical Response.
Dr. Erling received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; his Medical Doctorate from John Hopkins University in Baltimore; and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and is board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Calvin oversees daily operations at St. Francis Hospital as well as having responsibility for non-nursing departments in the Penrose-St. Francis (PSF) system such as Therapy, Nutrition, Pharmacy and Support Services. He is the executive sponsor for all expansion projects on the SFMC campus.
Previously, Calvin has served as the Director of Pharmacy for PSF and Director of Support Services for SFMC. A Centura Health associate since 1998, Calvin is a well-respected leader within PSF and throughout the system.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Science Degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas.
Patrick has 36 years of Decision Support, Accounting and Finance experience in the health care industry, all with Penrose-St. Francis. He began his career as a Staff Accountant in Finance and has held several titles over the past 36 years, including Controller and Director of Finance since 2005.
Patrick is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial operations at Penrose-St. Francis and will assist with strategic initiatives designed to increase our financial performance, quality and breadth of services. He leads our annual fiscal planning cycle, including strategic, capital and operational budget processes. Patrick also facilitates accurate productivity reporting and benchmarking.
Patrick has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University – Pueblo), and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Troy University.
Dr. Bill Plauth is Chief Medical Officer for St. Francis Medical Center. In his previous role, Dr. Plauth served as Vice President and CMO for Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango from 2014 to 2019.
As St. Francis Medical Center’ CMO, Dr. Plauth consistently lives his mission to create an environment where all caregivers can deliver excellent, compassionate care by promoting ease of practice, respect for those who do the work and meeting patients where they are.
To accomplish this, Dr. Plauth faithfully champions the need to work with physicians and nurses as true partners with transparency and shared commitment. He has promoted clinical transformation focused on soliciting ideas from our passionate clinicians and bringing those ideas to fruition.
Dr. Plauth works closely with St. Francis Medical Center’ medical staff leadership, the physician leadership council and the and citizenship council, which help to ensure every caregiver in our organization is empowered to provide attention we can all be proud of.
Dr. Plauth, his wife Pam, and their 15-year-old son enjoy being outdoors, fly-fishing and getting back into cycling.
Stacy Kreil is the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Stacy joined Centura Health in 2013 as the Director of Women’s & Children’s Services at Littleton Adventist Hospital and has 30 years of nursing experience with an extensive clinical and leadership background in Women’s Health, Neonatal & Pediatric Intensive Care and Perinatal Nursing.
Stacy works closely with our Chief Nursing Officer to provide oversight of nursing practices across all settings at both Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center and works collaboratively with the executive team to drive Mission, Strategy, Quality, and Service.
Stacy obtained her Bachelors in Nursing from Northwestern State University, her Master’s in Nursing with a Specialty in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Advanced Leadership from Regis University. She is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive and a member of the American Nurses Association, Colorado Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Stacy enjoys spending time with family in her free time, watching the Denver Broncos, and traveling.
As a purpose-driven leader, Stacy is on a mission to learn daily, positively impact others, and live life fully. Stacy shares that she is inspired by her associates and the accomplishments they make daily in improving outcomes for our vibrant community of Colorado Springs.
Volunteers are an integral part of St. Francis Hospital. Our volunteers serve in over 100 departments throughout St. Francis Hospital and the service our volunteers offer is truly a gift from the heart.
St. Francis wants to provide the very best patient care, and our volunteers play an important role in this. As a volunteer, you will derive great personal satisfaction while working with a team of dedicated staff and other volunteers.
For more information, contact volunteer services: 719-776-5315
To apply for No One Dies Alone program, email the No One Dies Alone coordinator or submit applications to the Spiritual Care Department at St. Francis Hospital.
For the adult and teen volunteer programs:
Volunteers are needed seven days a week between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM, later hours are available at the St. Francis Hospital Emergency Room.
- Must be 18 years of age or older for the adult volunteer program
- Must be 14 years of age or older for the teen volunteer program
- Applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and Flu - volunteers will be asked to provide a copy of their vaccination record
- Work one 3 or 4 hour shift/week
- Attend an orientation session once accepted
For the No One Dies Alone program:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and Flu - volunteers will be asked to provide a copy of their vaccination record
- Must be a St. Francis Hospital associate and/or St. Francis Hospital volunteer with a minimum of 3 months of service within the organization
- Have an on-sight interview with the No One Dies Alone Coordinator
- Attend and complete a St. Francis Hospital No One Dies Alone training and orientation
- Must not have had a death in their family during the past year
- Commit to 2 hour shifts (4 hours max. when called to sit a vigil - a No One Dies Alone volunteer will be provided with a coordinator and pertinent telephone numbers for a scheduled vigil)
- Attend at least one dying patient a year to stay active with the No One Dies Alone program
- Attend at least one Gathering per year
- Sign up for days and times available to be contacted for service
- Complete paperwork - print and complete the following documents (2 recommendation letters are required):
- Complete the application form and contact Volunteer Services.
Adult Volunteer Program
After completing the online application the prospective volunteer will learn about the St. Francis Hospital mission, core values, customer service program, volunteer opportunities offered at each site and the training requirements needed before their volunteer service can begin.
Prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to review all position descriptions that appeal to them. On-the-job training will be provided when the volunteer receives his/her volunteer assignment.
Teen Volunteer Program
We are currently not taking applications at this time please check back for updates.
No One Dies Alone Program
No One Dies Alone (NODA) is a national volunteer-centered program started by Sandra Clarke, CCRN, at PeaceHealth (Eugene, OR) in 2001. Its goal is to provide companionship and support for dying individuals so that no patient dies alone. The program is now a model for compassionate end-of-life programs in hospitals across the country. The program began at St. Francis Hospital in July 200 and strives to provide compassionate companionship to the dying who have no family or friends to be with them in their last days, to ensure that they do not die alone.
No One Dies Alone trains hospital associates and volunteers to become compassionate companions who offer end of life presence and support to patients who are near the end of life and who have no family or friends at their bedside. Trained volunteers provide 24-hour availability to dying patients who do not wish to be alone. During the vigil, companions may hold the hand of the patient, play soothing music, read to the patient and assist in other comfort care measures. They serve patients in shifts, sitting at the bedside until the patient's death or a family member arrives.
The heart of this work is about being rather than doing, about compassionate presence and heartfelt intention rather than fixing, solving, or answering or resolving issues for others. To be a calming presence and truly compassionate with another requires no small amount of personal and spiritual maturity, as well as a capacity for reflection on the volunteer’s life.
No One Dies Alone volunteers receive orientation and training that is more process oriented with an appropriate amount of content and protocol to provide a framework for the volunteer to be successful. All No One Dies Alone volunteers must be either a St. Francis Hospital associate or a volunteer through St. Francis Hospital Volunteer Services, and have been volunteering for at least 3 months. No One Dies Alone gives Penrose Hospital associates the opportunity to provide comfort care to patients outside of their regular work day. St. Francis Hospital associates must register with Volunteer Services, complete a No One Dies Alone application, be interviewed and be accepted as a No One Dies Alone volunteer and complete the No One Dies Alone training prior to beginning to sit vigils.
- Works cooperatively with others as well as independently
- Follows organization's confidentiality and infection control guidelines
- Respects a patient’s spiritual beliefs
- Understands and follows directions
- Demonstrates compassion
- Demonstrates an ability to be a calming presence, and use silence well
- Demonstrates emotional availability
- Demonstrates appropriate personal and professional boundaries
- Demonstrates sensitivity to end of life issues
Not all positions are available at all sites:
- Patient Care
- Emergency Department
- Patient Care Ambassador
- Patient Transport
- Surgical Services
- Gift Shops
- Greeters and Escorts
- Information Desks
- John Zay Guest House
- Pharmacies (In-Patient/Out-Patient)
- Surgical Waiting Rooms
- Special Projects
- Spiritual Care
- Eucharistic Minister
- Baby Hats
- Comfort Shawls
- Mission Outreach
Volunteering at St. Francis Hospital has benefits for you as well. We thank our volunteers with:
- Complimentary meal the day you work your shift ($8.00 allotment)*
- Service Pins, Awards – presented the month following; Name on Recognition Board at 1,000 hours of service level
- Annual Luncheon during National Volunteer Week
- *FREE Flu vaccine each year
- TB Quantiferon Test
- Special parking
- *Pharmacy discount – 10 % on over the counter/non-prescriptive items
- *Gift Shop discount - 20% on all regular priced gift items (excluding candy, flowers, magazines, sundries and sale items)
- *Use of the St. Francis Hospital Wellness Center
- Labyrinth (Spiritual Care offers an instruction pamphlet)
* Volunteer identification required (name badge and/or uniform)
St. Francis Hospital's range of clinical specialties provides the expertise you need to manage your health and wellness. Our leading-edge teams deliver remarkable care, high-quality outcomes and unparalleled patient satisfaction among a wide variety of medical specialties, services and programs to help you get well and stay well.
Welcoming new life into our community
Helping families in our community grow has a special place in our hearts and in our hospital. We offer the highest level of prenatal and pregnancy care, including pregnancy planning and support for healthy pregnancies as well as a maternal fetal medicine program and neonatal intensive care unit should Mom or baby need extra specialty care.
At St. Francis Hospital we work to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. We offer many amenities for both patients and visitors including a coffee bar, gift shop, wireless internet and spiritual care.
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
- Complimentary Valet Service is available Monday thru Friday 5:30 am - 7:00 pm. Closed on major holidays.
- General visitor and patient parking is available on the upper level of the facility.
The gift shop at St. Francis Hospital want to make your loved one's stay in the hospital as cheerful as possible. We carry a wide-variety of merchandise and can help you find the right gift for any patient.
Our assortment of gifts includes:
- Fresh Flowers
- Stuffed Animals
- Baby Clothing And Toys
- Clothing And Accessories
- Seasonal Decorative Items
- Religious And Nonreligious Figurines
- Gift Cards
- Mylar Balloons
- Toiletries And Snacks
- and much more
Credit card purchases can be made over the phone for any item in the gift shop.
Our friendly volunteers will deliver any gift purchased from our gift shops to any patient St. Francis Hospital. For assistance, call the gift shop at the hospital where your loved-one is a patient.
St. Francis Hospital Gift Shop
6001 E. Woodmen Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
- Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: Closed
Note: Hours may vary from the posted hours based on the availability of our volunteers. Please call the shops for exact hours.
Create a patient journal to keep loved-ones connected
CarePages and CaringBridge both provide free, private, personalized web pages to patients and their families. These sites can help you stay in touch before, during and after a hospital stay, or anytime.
Both service provide an easy way for friends and loved ones to respond with messages of emotional support. You can share information, visiting hours and relay information when the time is right for you. Friends and loved ones can visit your patient web page and be kept up-to-date on your condition.
Create and share your health journey:
For your convenience, St. Francis Hospital offers delicious cafeteria service to our staff, patients and visitors. A wide array of items are served daily including main course items, side dishes, grill items, piping hot pizza, made to order sandwiches, soup, fresh salad bar and tasty desserts.
Peak View Cafe
On the garden level with pristine views of Pikes Peak
- Monday - Friday
- Breakfast: 6:45 - 9:30 am
- Lunch: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
- Dinner: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
- Saturday and Sunday
- Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:30 am
- Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
- Dinner: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Healing Grounds Coffee Bar
Healing Grounds Coffee Bar proudly serves Starbucks Coffee including lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, hot teas, sodas and more! In addition, freshly baked pastries, muffins, scones and other grab and go items are available. We invite you to sit at one of our bistro tables or find a comfortable location in the hospital or patio to enjoy your custom-made beverage.
St. Francis Hospital, 1st Floor, next to the Information Desk
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
St. Francis Hospital provides complimentary wireless Internet access for guests and visitors of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Hospital.
What do I have to do to connect?
Simply bring your laptop, PDA, or other wireless-enabled device with you to one of these facilities and connect using your wireless network card. When you first connect, you'll notice "Terms and Conditions" for Centura Health's Guest Network. When you click "Accept", you'll be automatically granted access. Guests with laptops and other wireless devices must have experience in connecting to wireless networks as Centura Health does not provide any assistance in connecting to the wireless network.
Where and when can I connect?
The wireless network is available throughout St. Francis Hospital. The wireless network is available 24/7.
Enjoy your time on our wireless network. As with any public wireless network, we strongly recommend guests take measures to secure their devices and internet communications. We encourage using virtual private networks in conjunction with personal firewalls and virus protections to mitigate risk to personal data. It is the user's responsibility to take precautions and provide security measures suited to their situation and intended use of the service. Our wireless network should not be used for inappropriate or unlawful purposes.
- Centura Health is not responsible for any personal information that is compromised.
- Centura Health is not responsible for any damage caused to your hardware or software while at any Centura Health facility
Please Note: Because this is a free service, Centura Health does not provide technical support for your device or assistance in connectivity. Guests and visitors should understand how to configure their computer or device and know what hardware or software is necessary to connect to the wireless network.
St. Francis Hospital is committed to the preservation of the health and wellness for all. We strive to promote a healing environment for our patients, guests, associates, volunteers and the community. The use of any tobacco product is prohibited in all areas of our campus including buildings, leased facilities, offices, grounds, vehicles, parking lots, and ramps. If you are a patient and use tobacco products, please speak with your physician or nurse for options that are available to you during your stay in the hospital. Thank you for your cooperation.
Every Centura Health hospital provides you with a patient representative to help you have a better hospital experience. Our representatives address and investigate your concerns, and then respond to you and your family with findings and recommendations for how your concerns can be resolved. Find patient representative information.
Programs and Community
You make the difference for so many. We have the good fortune of meeting many of the patients that are so positively affected by the generous commitment of people in this community and the commitment of care they have received at St. Francis Hospital.
We are truly blessed to have so many caring people who believe in and support our mission. We invite you to read more about the heritage of our hospital as well as the many patients and programs we help to support. We also invite you to join us in our mission to promote the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve.
At St. Francis Hospital we find it a privilege to support the health of our mountain community. We offer birth classes, community events, volunteer opportunities and give back through other community benefit programs. These resources and opportunities are all part of our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Corporate Wellness Program
St. Francis Hospital offers the most comprehensive package of corporate wellness services available throughout Colorado designed to help employers keep employees healthy and productive. Our unparalleled years of experience and expertise in providing quality corporate resources support your employees in every facet of their work and personal environment. These complementary services will empower the employee to always be "at their best" while allowing your budget to breathe.
Employer Wellness Services
Your entire company can enjoy the highest-quality corporate wellness programs and create a healthy environment to help your employees succeed. We offer health solutions that span across the entire company, and integrate wellness into your organization's culture.
- Wellness Planning
- On-Site Biometric Screenings
- Evidence-Based Group Health Management Programs
- Individual Wellness Coaching
- Exercise Classes - See schedule.
- On-Site Wellness Events
- Wellness Challenges
- Customized Reporting
- Flu Shots
- Aquatic Program
- Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Program
- Disease Management Programs
- Fitness Assessments
- Nutritional Counseling
- Birth Center Classes
- Employee Assistance Program
- Behavioral Health Counseling
- Substance Abuse Assessment, Treatment and Counseling
- Occupational Medicine
Our experienced and dedicated administration team partners with you to design and implement our services. This includes a program coordinator and an account manager.
- Customer Service/Registration
- Accounts Receivable
- Compliance/Quality Assurance
- Incentive Management Customizable Communications
Profile Employee Assistance Program
Profile Employee Assistance Program is a full-service employee assistance program headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It began in 1982 by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and is now backed by the facilities and resources of the Centura Health System. Profile EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit for both the employee and the employer. We provide confidential assessment, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services for employees and their immediate family members. Our goal is to help your company reduce absenteeism, on-the-job accidents and substance abuse, and to decrease escalating health care costs. Studies have shown that a well-managed EAP reduces absenteeism by 66 percent, health care costs by 86 percent, and worker's compensation claims by 30 percent.
Community Engagement Request
Centura Health hospitals receive many requests each year asking us to engage in community events and programs. Supporting the communities we serve in this way is a reflection of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission, vision and values. All sponsorships and events should relate to community health improvement or prevention and one of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment priorities.
- Please make your request at least 60 days prior to your event or sponsorship deadline.
- Completion of this form does not guarantee a donation or sponsorship.
- We are only able to support non-profit organizations.
Completed requests will be considered by an internal committee. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your request.