2019–2020 Annual Impact Report

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Thank you

My family has had the good fortune to build and lead a company that bears our name. It has been personally gratifying to play a role in developing greater Houston— the very buildings and structures where people live, work, learn, worship and heal.

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A Look to the Future

When we rang in 2020, who could have imaged the world we would be facing a few months later? COVID-19 has changed us in so many ways and together we mourn the lives lost to this pandemic. But while we grieve our losses and adjust to our new normal, we also see a renewed energy and a commitment to excellence across our Texas Division.

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Generations of Giving

More than 118 years ago, 14-year-old Tom Tellepsen left his home in Norway as a cabin boy on a sailingship. He faced an uncertain future, but he took with him the faith instilled by his mother and a determination to create a successful new life for himself. He found work in Panama as a carpenter where he helped build the Panama Canal and battled a near-deadly bout with malaria. In 1909 as he considered his next steps, he remembered learning about a new frontier in his 7th grade geography class—Texas.

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Our Foundations

Across Texas, our foundations bolster the transformative work of St. Luke’s Health through philanthropy. By raising funds in support of our mission and vision, each foundation serves as a beacon of health and healing in its own community. Our legacy of care guides us as, together with our committed donors, we go beyond the walls of our hospitals to create healthier communities.

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Mission, vision & core values

As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve especially those who are vulnerable while we advance social justice for all.

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Our Texas Division

We’re proud to serve communities in Texas. We’re here for you. Always. To learn more about how you can be part of our healing ministry, please visit us at

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