While the hospital was founded on Christian values, it was never a totally Catholic facility, Yeager said. The staff has always included caring people of various faiths, she said.
"Attention to the spiritual care of patients and families has always been a hallmark," she said.
Patients are always seen by a family patient representative and offered the care of one of the hospital chaplains.
Officials note they have seen a sense of caring go beyond medical attention. After emergency room officials treated a homeless man suffering from extremely cold feet, a physician asked the patient his shoe size. When it was discovered they wore the same size, the doctor removed his shoes and gave them to the man. The doctor has chosen to remain anonymous.
Officials are aware of employees who have bought food for families or gone to the mall to buy clothes for patients with nothing to wear home from the hospital.
While they realize these acts of kindness could happen anywhere, they are touched that they occurred there.
Plans are in the works for various events at the hospital.
A "Zumbathon" is scheduled outdoors on the grounds for 10 a.m. to noon May 11 with proceeds to go to the hospital foundation. Registration is $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event. Registration begins 9 a.m. Call hospital spokeswoman Paige Johnson at 304-766-3707, or Sara Cloer at 304-347-6206.
Within the next few weeks "story boards" are to be displayed to show the hospital's history.
Chris Powell, of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," will be on hand Oct. 4 to hand out awards to employees who have worked to reduce their weight and cholesterol.
Plans are also being made to do something special for National Hospital Day on May 12, said Johnson, the hospital spokeswoman.
She notes the hospital has a large photo taken on Mother's Day of May 12, 1929 that included moms with children born at Saint Francis.
With Mother's Day falling on May 12 this year, a third historical moment can be linked with the hospital's anniversary and the name of a new pope.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.