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Wisconsin Couple Make Largest Donation in Hospital’s History

Former chief of staff memorialized at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center through $300,000 endowment benefiting nursing and physician education.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (March 26, 2013) – In tribute to their physician son’s legacy, Evelyn and Norbert Kramer of Greenfield, Wisc., bequeathed $300,000 of their estate to INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center to benefit nursing and physician education.

Norbert & Evelyn Kramer with their son, Dr. Joseph Kramer

“We are humbled the Kramers chose to honor their son, Dr. Joseph Kramer, and his long-standing contributions at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, through this generous legacy gift,” said Bruce Lawrence, INTEGRIS Health CEO. “Today we not only celebrate the largest realized bequest to INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, but also the impact premier physician leadership can have on future physicians and nurses.”

The gift creates the Dr. Joseph Kramer Nursing Education Endowment and Dr. Joseph Kramer Physician Education Endowment focusing on expanded educational opportunities for nurses and physicians affiliated with INTEGRIS Southwest.

“This gift alleviates some of the financial limitations facing many of our clinicians who are seeking to complete degrees, learn the latest information in medical advancements or pursue continuing education,” said President James Moore, INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. “An investment in our nurses and physicians is an investment ultimately in our patients. We are humbled by this gift that pays homage to our former chief of staff by investing in future talent.”

Dr. Kramer was the only child of Evelyn, a homemaker, and Norbert , a machinist for a local large manufacturing plant. Evelyn passed away in September 2012 at age 102, and Norbert in 1996.

“The [Kramers] were very proud of their son, the fact that he was chief of staff at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, and proud of the hospital,” said David Affeldt, family attorney and trust executor. “The hospital foundation is the largest beneficiary of their estate.”

Dr. Kramer attended University of Wisconsin Medical School and joined the hospital, then South Community Hospital, in 1975 as an internal medicine specialist. He served as chief of staff for multiple terms and passed away in 1988.

“Planned gifts are powerful vessels for leaving a legacy at INTEGRIS Health and a viable alternative for those who cannot make major outright gifts,” said Brad Walker, INTEGRIS Foundation executive director. “This generous donation will support Dr. Kramer’s commitment to INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center while honoring the son Evelyn and Norbert felt most passionate about – Joseph Kramer. We will gratefully honor this legacy.”
INTEGRIS Health is Oklahoma’s largest health system with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, independent living centers and home health agencies located throughout much of the state. For more information, visit

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