DENNISON -- Franciscan Services Corporation (FSC), the sponsored health and human services ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania recently acquired Twin City Hospital in Dennison. In a purchase agreement between the hospital and Trinity Hospital Twin City (THTC), a newly-established member organization of FSC, the hospital will continue operations and become a Catholic Critical Access Hospital.

Twin City Hospital was founded in 1912 by a group of philanthropic women who lived in the Twin City area of Dennison and Uhrichsville. The hospital has served the residents of the area for almost 100 years. Periodic upgrades have been made to the facility over the years, and in 2005 plans for a $12.5 million, 41,000 square foot expansion project was announced. The project included a new Emergency Department, Surgery Department, Cardio-Pulmonary Department, Imaging Center, and Laboratory. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2009.

"Trinity Hospital Twin City is the perfect addition to our health and human services ministry," said FSC President and CEO James W. Pope, FACHE. "The people in the Dennison/Uhrichsville area deserve the best and highest quality care available, and we intend to carry on that tradition."

Hospital services, which continued throughout the acquisition process, will be maintained under the direction of interim CEO Michael Zilm and interim CFO Lorna Morrow as the facility integrates into the FSC Health System.

"Preserving the integrity and availability of healthcare to area residents is a primary focus," said Pope. "Our core values of Reverence, Service and Stewardship provide the foundation upon which our charitable mission is built, and we carry out our day-to-day operations and commitment to those we serve based on these values. Like the pioneering women who built the first hospital in Dennison, the Sylvania Franciscans have ministered for more than 90 years in communities across the country wherever they were needed. Trinity Hospital Twin City is now an integral part of this ministry and will benefit from the knowledge, administrative expertise and core values that define the mission."

FSC member organizations located in Ohio, Texas and Kentucky now include six hospitals, seven long-term care facilities, four assisted living facilities, independent senior housing, a counseling center, and a long-term shelter for victims of domestic violence.