Mission statement: T o see and serve Christ in all by spending time to care
Values: Service, joy, compassion and care
Vision: Promoting life in all its forms.
Today, the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis offers comprehensive Healthcare in 14 locations within Cameroon. These health facilities are as follows;
- St. Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital/Cardiac Centre, Shisong
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital was started on the 15th of November 1935 as a small dispensary and maternity shortly after the arrival of the pioneer Tertiary Sisters in 1935.
The maternity and dispensary were a simple sun –dried brick house roofed with grass and had three rooms; one for the dispensary, one for deliveries and a larger one with eights beds for the maternity. Sr. Camilla Geier, the midwife was the first Matron. She started with an average of 20 consultations daily.
With the arrival of the first resident doctor, an Austrian General Practitioner, Dr. Hildegard Platzer, the dispensary was authorized as a Hospital by the Government of Cameroon on the 13th June 1952 and confirmed by the Decree of 23rd October 1974.
The Hospital has 300 beds, 288 number of staff with 2,000 average monthly consultations with 100 average monthly deliveries.
Since 1983 the Administration of the Hospital has been in the hands of Cameroonian Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis. The leadership of Shisong Hospital has been as follows:
Sr. Camilla Geier (1935-1963), Sr. Elfriede (1969-1983), Sr. Xaveria Nteinmusi (1983-1991), Sr. Angeline Bongsui (1991-1995), Sr. Eileen Javnyuy (1995-2006), Sr. Ruphina Ebamu (2006-2015) and Sr. Kinyuy Mary Aldrine Banseka (2015 till present)
- I. Cardiac Centre, Shisong
In 2002, a diagnostic cardiology department was created in collaboration with two Italian Associations.The inpatients of the Centre moved from the block at the General Hospital to the new site on September 29th, 2009. The centre was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Public Health on November 19th, 2009.
The Centre has a bed capacity of 79 with 91 total number of staff. 15 staff members were trained in Milan, Italy and 6 of the staff have undergone crash training in Modena and South Africa.
2. St. Martin De Porres Hospital, Njinikom
The Institution was begun in 1953 by the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis with the original purpose of maternity services with four beds. Sr. Camilla Geier, a qualified nurse/midwife later included dispensary.
The hospital presently has a bed capacity of 245, 181 members of staff, 1,200 monthly consultations and an average of 100 monthly deliveries.
Apart from all other departments as can be found in an health institution, the hospital also has a Pharmaceutical production unit.
3. St. Padre Pio Hospital, Douala
The Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis reside in Akwa Nord, Douala since 2002. They acquired an existing structure which served as a private clinic of Dr. Jongbag. The Hospital obtained civil permission to function in December 2003.
The Health Center was raised to a Hospital by the Government Decree of 8th June 2009. As the publicity for the Hospital widened, the number of patients received has increased drastically.
St. Padre Pio Hospital has a bed capacity of 78 with 126 total number of staff, average monthly consultations stand at 3,441 and 247 average monthly deliveries.
4. St. Francis Hospital, Ntasen – Bamenda
This is the latest tentacle of St. Elizabeth General Hospital Shisong, opened in October 2005, and the Government granted authorization to function as a hospital in April 2006. It is under the Health District of Bamenda and Nkwen Rural Health Area serving the target Population of 13,488.
The main aim of setting the Hospital in this area is to offer the people quality and holistic health care especially in health education and environmental sanitation, of course in the spirit of evangelization.
St. Francis Hospital has a bed capacity of 58, 36 total number of staff, 90 average monthly consultations and 15 average monthly deliveries.
5. St. Theresia Health Centre, Bafut
This Health Centre was opened in 1961 and has a total number of 97 beds, 72 staff members, 450 monthly consultations and 10 average monthly deliveries.
5.1. SAJOCAH, Bafut
St. Joseph’s Children and Adult Home(SAJOCAH) is the only rehabilitation centre for the congregation opened in 1976 to care for children and adults in need of special care and attention on a small scale. Today, the demand has grown so much that the centre has 153 beds, 78 staff members and 100 average monthly consultations.
6. St. Elizabeth Health Centre, Bali
The Health Centre in Bali was opened in 1970 and today has 54 beds, a residence doctor, 36 members of staff, 250 average monthly consultations and 20 average monthly deliveries.
7. St. Martin De Porres Health Centre, Wum
The Health Centre in Wum was opened in 1981 and now has a resident doctor, 64 beds, 16 staff members, 277 average monthly consultations and 20 average monthly deliveries.
8. Catholic Health Centre, Mayo-Darlé
The Health Centre in Mayo-Darle was opened in 1979 and today has 42 beds, 16 number of staff, a resident doctor with 125 average monthly consultations and 15 average monthly deliveries.
9. Centre de Santé et Maternité Sainte Odile, D’Ekité
The Health Centre in Edea, Littoral Province was opened in 1995 and has a total of 44 beds, 36 members of staff, 250 average monthly consultations and 10 average monthly deliveries.
10.Catholic Health Centre, Ashing-Kom
This Health Cente was opened in 1987 to attend to the medical needs of the students of St. Bedes’ College, Ashing. The Health Centre has 25 beds, 7 staff members, 283 average monthly consultations and 5 average monthly deliveries.
11.Catholic Health Centre, Mbetta
This Health Centre is situated in Mamfe Diocese and was opened in 1964 in an isolated village where the spirit led the Sisters. This is one of the most difficult areas we have with very bad road. The centre has a bed capacity of 54, 16 staff members, 250 average monthly consultation and 25 average monthly deliveries.
12. Catholic Health Centre, Akwaya
This Health Centre in Akwaya is found in Mamfe Diocese and was opened in 1972 having 25 beds, 8 total number of staff, 80 average monthly consultations and 10 average monthly deliveries.
13. Holy Family Health Centre, Djottin
This Health Centre was opened in 1965 and has 30 bed capacity, 13 staff members, 140 average monthly consultations and 20 average monthly deliveries.
14. Pius X Health Centre, Tatum
This Health Centre has a total of 55 beds, 23 total number of staff, a resident doctor, 160 average monthly consultations and 15 average monthly deliveries.