St. Mary Medical Center in the Bucks County Community

St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, has an almost 50-year history of delivering compassionate, high-quality care to the Bucks County community. St. Mary, a Catholic healthcare system, is a member of Trinity Health, the nation’s second largest faith-based healthcare system. 

In 1858, the city of Philadelphia was caught in the grips of a smallpox epidemic and turned to the Sisters of St. Francis for help. Although none were trained nurses, the proficient care they provided to the sick earned them a reputation for providing Christ-like charity. In 1860, Mother Francis, a leader of the order, was unable to accommodate the many sick at the convent. She secured a larger building and named it St. Mary’s Hospital. The new facility officially began the order’s journey into healthcare. 

In the 1950s in response to a study that indicated the need for a hospital, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia purchased a 73-acre horse farm, then known as Buena Vista, in rural Bucks County to bring the holistic care of the Sisters of St. Francis to the rapidly growing community of Lower Bucks County. The new St. Mary’s Hospital, Langhorne opened its doors in 1973 with 156 licensed beds and a medical staff of over 200 people. It was the first and only Catholic hospital in Bucks County at the time. In 1977, it transformed into a regional medical center. 

Today, St. Mary Medical Center comprises more than 700 physicians, 3,200 colleagues, and 1,100 volunteers focused on creating an outstanding patient-care experience, making it one of the largest employers in Bucks County. St. Mary includes a 366-bed hospital, a rapidly growing physician network, a Federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), community ministries, and an Accountable Care Organization, known as Quality Health Alliance. As a market leader for quality clinical outcomes St. Mary Medical Center is a significant force in creating an environment where competence and compassionate care meet.

St. Mary offers a comprehensive cardiovascular program; a Level 2 state-accredited Trauma Center; emergency services; dedicated newborn and pediatric emergency care from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Joint Commission-certified programs in Primary Stroke, Heart Failure and Breast Cancer. In addition, St. Mary offers care for hip replacement and knee replacement; exceptional orthopedic surgical capabilities and rehabilitation; neurosciences; specialized diagnostic imaging; obstetrics and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); sleep disorders, pain management; St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center; St. Mary Regional Cancer Center; and the freestanding inpatient St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital.

LIFE St. Mary is a program that brings medical, health, social services and home care to Bucks County area seniors. This program reaches dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid recipients, providing comprehensive medical, health recreational and social services that are designed specifically for each person in an effort to promote independence at home for the elders in our community. LIFE St. Mary has a track record of successfully helping elderly individuals remain at home while receiving medical and social services to assist them to live independently. 

St. Mary Physicians Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Mary Medical Center, employing over 100-board certified physicians with various specialties throughout Bucks County. These physicians provide primary and specialty care throughout the county to ensure that our community members are receiving the care they need, close to home. 

St. Mary Medical Center has a long history of serving the entire community, with a special concern for the disadvantaged and most vulnerable. In keeping with its mission to care for those in need, St. Mary outreach to the poor and under served includes the Community Ministries in Bensalem and services to support the entire family. The Mother Bachmann Maternity Center is the only maternity clinic of its kind in Bucks County, offering women access to the health care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. Additionally, the Children’s Health Center provides primary healthcare services for children newborn to age 18, including well visits, sick visits and follow-up care, whether insured or uninsured. The Family Resource Center offers programs including English as a Second Language (ESL), financial planning on a limited budget, GED tutoring and preparation, parenting classes and much more. 

As a mission-driven regional health ministry, St. Mary has become recognized as the leader in improving the health of our Bucks County community and each person we serve. To learn more about St. Mary, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.