More than 500 people attended a candlelight vigil tonight, April 17, 2017, in support of St. Francis Health Center. Many employes of the hospital in Topeka held candles and sang Amazing Grace and walked around the hospital.
About 1,600 work for St. Francis. There are rumors circulating that SCL Health is considering closing the hospital.
Michael Hooper said St. Francis is not a failure but has successfully served the community for over 100 years. The hospital lost $12 million in 2015 but is still strong financially with over $248 million in reserves, according to the 2015 Form 990 Tax Return for St. Francis.