Film shares origins of Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare

10/05/2021 8:40 am

Lighting the Flame film about Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare

In the late 19th century, the river town of La Crosse, Wisconsin, became a center of medical excellence, home to St. Francis Hospital, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1883. In the 1920s, the physician brothers Archibald and George Skemp opened a clinic nearby. Together, they provided skillful, compassionate care to generations of patients in La Crosse and the surrounding area. Seventy miles to the west, another congregation of Franciscan sisters and another pair of physician brothers were building the institution known to the world as Mayo Clinic. This film tells the story of the founding of these three organizations, born in the spirit of faith and hope, and how their shared values brought them together and carried them into the 21st century.

Enjoy the trailer here and find the link to the full documentary below:

Watch Lighting the Flame: The Origins of Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare (25 minutes)
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