Saint Francis hospital shines bright in pink to honor shooting victims

TULSA, Okla. — Saint Francis lit up bright overnight with its signature color pink to honor the victims of this week’s shooting at the Natalie Building on the Saint Francis campus.

“Saint Francis is a family,” Saint Francis Health System said in a Facebook post. “We are a ministry. We are caregivers. We are one. We are mourning.”

Our torch burns bright for those we have lost, they go on the say.

“This color has been our identity for 62 years,” Saint Francis Health System said. “To us, it represents strength, family, faith and our commitment to the community. Today, it represents our love and prayers for those we have lost, their grieving loved ones and our own Saint Francis family.”

Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn and a visitor William Love were killed when a patient of Phillips, Michael Louis went to find him after he was in pain after a recent back surgery, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Thursday.

Louis used a long rifle and a hand gun to kill four people in the orthopedic doctor’s office, then he turned the gun on himself, Franklin said,

Saint Francis Hospital opened its doors in 1960 with 275 beds.

In order to meet patient care needs, the hospital was expanded in 1969 to 735 adult and pediatric beds and bassinets, according to the Saint Francis.

In 1979, Saint Francis Hospital launched several new services including Tulsa Life Flight, a helicopter service that transports critically ill or injured patients launched and was the first of its kind offered in the city.

Other services added in 1979 were a skilled nursing facility and a fetal maternal medicine unit.

In 1995, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis was established to provide pediatric inpatient care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care.

Saint Francis Health System also has expanded to other parts of Green Country including, Broken Arrow, Muskogee and Vinita.