Supporting physicians, nurses, technicians, and administrators to directly save lives and improve health
The William K. Warren Foundation founded and has supported Saint Francis Health System since its inception in 1960. In 2013 Saint Francis Health System had 121,774 emergency department visits, 5,441 births, and 51,397 in-patient admissions.
Its Warren Clinic physician group had 808,938 patient encounters.* The Foundation also supports other northeast Oklahoma organizations that directly improve wellness and provide care.
There is particular interest in organizations with proven strategies to better prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness.
*Saint Francis Health System 2013 Report to the Community
It was the dream of William Kelly Warren and Natalie Overall Warren to build a hospital for Tulsa as a way to give back to the community that had done so much for them. In 1960, that dream became a reality with the founding of Saint Francis Hospital, the flagship facility of what has evolved into the Saint Francis Health System, northeastern Oklahoma’s largest health care provider. The facility was built without the solicitation of funds and in its early years was financially supported by Mr. and Mrs. Warren.
Today, Saint Francis Health System is the gift that keeps on giving. Since its inception, it has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in community benefit (more than $66 million in 2013 alone) and is visible evidence of true philanthropy rooted in thanksgiving and a mission to make life better for others.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly 20% of women in the USA will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.* Oklahoma reflects this statistic in a dubious way: Oklahoma women are more likely to be victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner than any other women in the nation. Oklahoma men are ranked second in the nation to being victims of these same crimes. That’s why The William K. Warren Foundation helps to fund construction of an emergency shelter, transitional living facility, and counseling services for victims of domestic violence.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
Mental illness requires preventions, physiological diagnostics, and treatments like other diseases. Unfortunately, few exist. But the amount of suffering is enormous. The William K. Warren Foundation cares about those suffering from mental illnesses. For the long term, the Foundation supports mental health research in the amount of over $47 million since 2007 alone. In the short term, the Foundation supports entities like Mental Health Association of Oklahoma and Family & Children’s Services that provide direct care and housing to those in need.
*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)