mission, vision & heritage
The mission of Bon Secours Charity Health System is to make visible God’s love and to be Good Help to Those in Need, especially those who are poor, vulnerable and dying.
As a System of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness as part of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
Inspired by the Healing Ministry of Jesus and the Charisms of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the Bon Secours Charity Health System by the year 2018, will be distinguished as the leading provider of quality, compassionate and regional community health services in the Hudson-Delaware Valley.
The Bon Secours Charity Health System serves 425,000 in Rockland, Orange, and Sullivan Counties, New York, in Pike County, Pennsylvania, and in Sussex, Passaic, and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. It has a workforce of some 2500 people; plus 800 physicians with staff privileges. It is one of fourteen local systems of the Bon Secours Health System and is co-sponsored by the Sisters of Bon Secours of Marriottsville, Maryland, and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people. [Is 61: 1-2; Luke 4: 18-19]
The Sisters of Bon Secours were founded in Paris in 1824, when twelve women resolutely determined to care compassionately for sick people in their homes. They extended this ministry to France, England, Scotland, Ireland, the United States, and Peru. Opening their first hospital in Baltimore in 1919, they joined four hospitals and a long term nursing facility into the Bon Secours Health System in 1983. The health system now extends to 14 markets in 9 states from Michigan to Florida and includes 100 facilities employing some 27,000 people.
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth draw their inspiration form Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton. Founded 1859, they are centered in Convent Station. Urged by the Charity of Christ, the Sisters of Charity have educational, health, pastoral and social ministries in 28 dioceses in 16 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and El Salvador. Since 1902 the Sisters have sponsored Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern New York, and since 2000 co-sponsored the Bon Secours Charity Health System.