A Brief History


Growth continues with the launch of Lewis County Health Support Services and Mountain Lakes Health Support, formed to serve the North Country. Our expansion will continue with a focus on health care systems and regional areas in most need of our services.


Oneida Health Support is formed, serving patients’ medical equipment needs in Oneida. Franciscan also assumes management of the Oneida Healthcare sleep center.


Expansion continues with the development of Lourdes Health Support in Binghamton, serving patients in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.


The reach of Franciscan is extended with the formation of joint ventures with Loretto in Syracuse and St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.


A licensed Home Care Agency, is formed to provide patients home health aides and nurses.


Frank L. Smith, Jr. and Thomas Aiello, MD, start Franciscan Health Support, LLC, to provide patients with Registered Respiratory Therapists and home medical equipment after hospital discharge. Smith is the president and CEO and Dr. Aiello serves as the Medical Director.