Saint Francis Hospital was founded by Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Sr. in 1955. Saint Francis Hospital opened in 1960 in what was then the outskirts of Tulsa. Its 260-acre site at 61st and Yale, was far from what was considered to be the city's center at the time. In fact, many Tulsans predicted the hospital's "remote" location would be its downfall.
The hospital originally consisted of a six-story building with 275 acute-care beds and 40 newborn beds. It was dedicated on December 3, 1960, with His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, officiating. In the same year, Mrs. Warren established the Saint Francis Auxiliary to serve the patients and staff.
In 1969, the hospital expanded by building a six-story addition. This increased the hospital's licensed capacity to 725 acute-care beds and 50 newborn beds. In the middle and late 1970s, Saint Francis Hospital continued to expand its services and facilities. The Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center
was one of the first centers where radiation therapy, chemotherapy services, laboratory and support services were grouped in a single location.
A nine-story nursing tower was added to the hospital's facilities in 1977, increasing its licensed bed capacity to 897 acute-care beds and 90 newborn beds. Tulsa Life Flight, the helicopter service that transports critically ill or injured patients, a skilled nursing facility, and a fetal maternal medicine unit were established during this time.
In 1985, Saint Francis Hospital developed a long-range strategic plan to address its burgeoning medical role in the region through formal networking relationships with area hospitals. The 1985 long-range strategic decisions resulted in the formation of the Warren Clinic
, comprised of primary care physicians, and the creation of a clinic campus. Other outcomes of the strategic initiatives were the creation of a Cardiovascular Task Force to develop a heart transplant program, and the creation of an Oncology Task Force to expand Saint Francis Hospital's involvement in cancer treatment and research.
In 1995, the children's services provided at Saint Francis Hospital were consolidated into a hospital within a hospital and became known as The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis
. A renovation, including a new entrance, improved access and efficiency, and changes were made to the physical plant to make it more "child friendly." In early 2008, a new state-of-the-art Children's Hospital opened its doors. The 106-bed, child and family friendly hospital is attached to the northwest side of Saint Francis Hospital.
At Saint Francis Hospital, we hold dear our mission and values as a faith-based healthcare ministry. Indeed, it is our mission and values that guide and direct us to aspire to treat all who enter our facility as Christ himself would. Cornerstone to this covenant is a steadfast belief in the notion that the inherent dignity of the human person, at all times, be protected and respected. This then requires that in addition to providing treatment for ailment and disease, care also be rendered to attend to the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each individual.