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President’s Blog

Saint Francis Foundation President Mark Ryle’s blog reflects trends in philanthropy, health care, and the complex challenges of our community.

We are all in this together

Click here to listen to/watch Mark’s video message. Dear Friends of the Foundation: Thank you for standing with your community hospital during this unprecedented health crisis. We were set up by doctors and nurses more than 80 years ago to support the Hospital during times like this. For decades, Saint Francis has been serving the…

Scott Taylor, New Board Chair of the Saint Francis Foundation

Foundation Welcomes New Board Chair and Board Leadership

I’m delighted to share some significant leadership updates on the Saint Francis Foundation Board, including a new Board Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Committee leads. The Saint Francis Foundation and Foundation Board have raised more than $16.6 million, awarded 431 grants, and given more than $19.9 million in funds to the hospital and the…

Hearts of San Francisco - "Sails of the Bay" by Marius Starkey at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

How we measure a year at Saint Francis

How do you measure a year? With a nod to Rent, arguably one of the most diverse cast of characters in a Broadway production showcasing modern LGBTQ activism and HIV/AIDS, Saint Francis Foundation (also) measures a year in love.  Now, I know terms like “love” rarely are spoken in business or in the work of…

A Safe Haven for Transgender Health

There are few things more complex than gender (and with those words I’ve already raised the eyebrows of many whose beliefs are binary: either/or, male or female).  However, navigating changes in gender – transitioning – certainly takes things up a notch in terms of intricacy and the idea of sex change is fraught with overlapping…

A Statement on the Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence

My heart is aching.  My soul is searching for a moral north.  My mind is confused and angered, alternately.  Perhaps yours is, too. My people are country folk: west Texas enlightened peace officers, teachers and farmers.  Eagle Scouts.  I come from a long line of skeet shooting deer hunters who enjoyed guns for sport and…