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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, 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.

With a poor health care ranking of 46th in the nation* and the second highest rate of uninsured adults and children in the country,** Oklahoma has tremendous health care needs that remain unmet.

As the leading health care provider in Oklahoma, Saint Francis Health System strives to meet its responsibility to provide care and access to the community and to plan for the needs of the generations to come. In 2019, Saint Francis Health System had 192,620 emergency department visits, 5,500 births, and 68,160 inpatient admissions. Its Warren Clinic physician group had 1,300,000 patient encounters.*** Since its inception, Saint Francis Health System has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in community benefit (more than $125 million in 2019 alone) and is visible evidence of a true philanthropy rooted in thanksgiving and a mission to make life better for others. For these reasons, The William K. Warren Foundation (“Foundation”) continues its support of the health system in order to improve the physical and spiritual wellbeing of our fellow Oklahomans.

*American Health Ranking 2019 Annual Report
**U.S. Census Bureau, 2018
***Saint Francis Health System 2019 Report to the Community

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.

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