The Will Rogers Institute takes its name from one of America's best-loved entertainers who was killed in a plane crash in 1935. In 1936, the Will Rogers Hospital was established to be the country's leading facility in treating tuberculosis and a national resource for public education. The Institute is sponsoring research for lung disorders, medical school fellowships, pulmonary programs and rehabilitation, and neonatal ventilators at universities and medical centers. The Institute provides free educational booklets on pulmonary diseases and disorders, stress, nutrition and fitness. Since its inception, the Institute has grown dramatically in function as well as in magnitude. Originally a hospital at Saranac Lake, New York, which treated tuberculosis-stricken entertainers, the Institute now supports research programs that study debilitating pulmonary disorders at a number of prestigious academic medical centers across the country.
To perpetuate the memory of Will Rogers by promoting and engaging in medical research pertaining to cardio-pulmonary diseases and educating the general public on topics of health and fitness.