Saint Francis Care, Inc. and Johnson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) have announced plans to enter into an affiliation agreement designed to maintain Johnson Memorial (based in Stafford Springs) as an independent source of high-quality healthcare and expand its clinical services in North Central Connecticut. Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system (anchored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center) licensed for 617 beds. A regional presence since 1897, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Under the plan, Johnson Memorial and St. Francis will continue to be separately licensed institutions, each with separate Boards of Directors. The region's other dominant medical facility, Hartford Hospital - central to the burgeoning and recently re-branded Hartford Healthcare - is licensed for 867 beds. The University of Connecticut Health Center's John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington has 153 beds, and is on the threshold of construction of a new facility.