Saint Francis Volunteers donate $100,000

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Front Row L to R: Melissa Bates,Volunteer Coordinator, Saint Francis Hospital-South and Laureate, Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary (all in pink) Linda Larson, Susan Hale, Iris Chandler, Jo Ann O’Brien and Carol Graham; Rebecca Darrow, Director of Volunteer Services, Saint Francis Health System; Tom Neff, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Business Development, Saint Francis Health System; and Betina Tillman, Executive Director, Margaret Hudson Program, MHP.
Back Row L to R: John Klos, Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary; Melvin Gilliam Sr., MHP Board member; Scott Reeves, MHP Board member; and Dr. John Nettles, MHP Board member.

On April 7, 2017, the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary presented a giant $100,000 check to the Margaret Hudson Program (MHP) in support of the agency’s work to provide academic and comprehensive family support services to teen mothers. When presenting the check, Rebecca Darrow, Director of Saint Francis Volunteer Services, shared that not only does the Margaret Hudson Program encompass the mission of the Saint Francis Health System, it was also one of the favorite charities of Mrs. Natalie Overall Warren, matriarch of the Warren Foundation and founder of the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary. The Volunteer Auxiliary decided to make the $100,000 donation after Ms. Darrow read about the Margaret Hudson Program’s loss of funding from the Tulsa Area United Way and the agency’s need to raise over $200,000 in new donations.

In accepting the donation, Margaret Hudson Executive Director Betina Tillman thanked the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary for both their generosity and their embracing commitment to MHP’s mission to make sure teen mothers and their babies thrive and succeed in life.

Helping others is something near and dear to the hearts of the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary. The Saint Francis Volunteers are committed to helping the patients of Saint Francis Health System, as well as giving back to the community. After learning of the recent financial challenges of the Margaret Hudson Program, the Saint Francis Volunteers wanted to help support the agency, recognizing the alignment of the program with the mission of Saint Francis Health System.

Saint Francis Health System and the Saint Francis Volunteer Auxiliary

Founded by Natalie and William K. Warren Sr., Saint Francis Hospital opened its doors on October 1, 1960. Natalie Warren had a team of volunteers ready to enhance the patient hospital experience. She recognized that an auxiliary of volunteers giving time and service would help weld the community and the hospital into a great asset for Tulsa and the surrounding community.   This early vision of Mrs. Natalie Warren to engage volunteers to help serve the needs of others at Saint Francis Hospital has become a very successful reality. Today, there are over 800 active volunteers who serve Saint Francis Health System. The active senior and student volunteers work in 107 departments throughout the health system.

Saint Francis is a Catholic, not-for profit health system wholly owned and operated in Tulsa, whose mission is to extend the presence and healing ministry of Christ to all who seek its services. The Saint Francis Health System is anchored by Saint Francis Hospital, a 1,100-bed tertiary center, which includes The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, the Heart Hospital at Saint Francis and Tulsa’s leading trauma and emergency center. The health system also includes Warren Clinic, Saint Francis Hospital South, Saint Francis Hospital Vinita, Saint Francis Hospital Muskogee and Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital. In total, the organization employs more than 8,500 individuals, making it the largest private employer in Tulsa County.

For more information about Saint Francis Health System visit www.saintfrancis.com  or call Lauren Landwerlin at (918) 494-1448.