Our History



Thomas Health formed in 2007 forging a partnership based on the strength of two established hospitals—Thomas Memorial and Saint Francis. Bringing the two hospitals under the umbrella of Thomas Health, allows us to bring innovative and cost-effective health care to the Kanawha Valley. With combined years of service, Thomas Health brings nearly 170 years of service to our region. Thomas Health is a 383-bed hospital system with 1,812 employees and an estimated 450 physicians, making Thomas Health the 17th largest private employer in the West Virginia.

The main focus, within the Thomas Health, is to maintain the highest standard of service, while continuing the missions of both hospitals of being the first choice for those in need of healthcare. The partnership between Thomas Memorial Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital means providing advanced technology to a larger community, with access to the highest quality of physicians, nurses and support staff.

Both hospitals of Thomas Health, Saint Francis and Thomas Memorial, bring a rich history of serving our community.

Saint Francis Hospital, celebrating over 100 years of service to the Kanawha Valley, has become synonymous with comprehensive, faith-based health care. Saint Francis Hospital is committed to putting patients first and has earned an enviable reputation for compassionate, high quality healthcare with a human touch. The hospital was first organized in 1913 when the 25-bed hospital was operated by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration from Williamsville, New York. The Sisters of St. Francis were recalled to Williamsville in 1921 and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Wheeling sent five sisters to administer the hospital. Through the Sisters of Saint Joseph, the first formal medical staff was formed in the 1930s and the keystone put in place for decades of "extending Christ's mission of healing with justice and charity toward the sick and all who care for them." Faith-based care is rooted in that call that every person is sacred and everyone deserves dignity, respect and care.

Opened in 1946, Thomas Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit healthcare facility located in South Charleston, West Virginia. We offer supportive, compassionate care, advanced technology and services, and something truly special - the dedication of our employees, physicians and volunteers, who are the true heart and spirit of our hospital. Thomas Memorial Hospital was named in memory of a South Charleston resident and West Virginia's first congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corps Sergeant Herbert J. Thomas Jr., who died in World War II by covering a grenade with his own body that had bounced off a tree and thus saving his fellow soldiers.

Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment #947, Thomas Memorial Hospital Administration, and Hershel "Woody" Williams, a distinguished West Virginia Native and last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient, dedicated the Herbert J. Thomas Jr. Hall of Honor in the Thomas Memorial Hospital Clinical Pavilion. We invite you to come and visit this spectacular display of memorabilia.