St. Francis PrimeTime Program

St. Francis Hospital is focusing on helping people 50 and older live healthier longer lives by reviving the hospital’s PrimeTime program. The program, which was originally launched in 2007 as PrimeTime Seniors, kicked off a new season of life in May 2017. Now simply called PrimeTime, the program provides educational programs and free health screenings.

As we seek to make our community healthier, we want to continue in the rich tradition of community service established by St. Francis as we provide educational opportunities and resources to help people live healthier lives.

Meeting Locations:

Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium
St. Francis Hospital, Butler Pavilion
2300 Manchester Expressway

Space is limited and registration required by calling 706.320.8060 or by emailing

Upcoming Programs

Monday, August 21:  7 pm in the Auditorium

  • 6:30 pm - Registration and refreshments
  • 7 pm - All About Arthritis featuring Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr. Sean Blake and Dr. Tamara Huff
    • Is arthritis preventing you from enjoying life? People of all ages, genders and races have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million people – including thousands in the Columbus area – have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

      Learn more about the newest treatment options for people with arthritis at a free seminar being offered by St. Francis. The program – entitled “All About Arthritis” – will provide an overview of different types of arthritis and treatment options. Two orthopaedic surgeons will be featured.

      • Dr. Sean Blake is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a doctorate in physical therapy, specializing in hand surgery. He completed his medical degree and residency at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a hand surgery fellowship at SUNY at Buffalo Affiliated Hospital.
      • Dr. Tamara Huff is board certified with research and clinical expertise in knee replacement surgery.  A native of Columbus, Dr. Huff earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her residency training at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans.  Prior to joining St. Francis, Dr. Huff practiced medicine in Mayo Clinic Health Systems and collaborated on research studies at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

      Common symptoms of arthritis include joint swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Join us for this free program in the evening or the morning at one of these two dates:

      •       Monday, August 21, at 7 pm  
      •       Tuesday, September 19, at 9:45 am

      Both programs are being held in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium in the Butler Pavilion at St. Francis. To register, call 706.320.8060 or email

Monday, October 16:  9 am-4 pm in the Lecture Hall

  • AARP Smart Driver Course in the Lecture Hall
  • 9 am-4 pm - The AARP Smart Driver™ course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught over 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible. AARP membership is NOT required to take the course though members do receive a discount. The classroom course costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers (bring your membership card for the discount). After completing the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion that can be presented to your insurance agent for a possible reduction in your auto insurance premiums.