TULSA — Effective today, St. John Health System and two other regional health systems that comprised the Marian Health System have joined Ascension Health. Marian Health System reached an agreement with St. Louis-based Ascension Health Alliance, parent organization of Ascension Health. Ascension Health is the largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system in the nation.
The other health systems are Via Christi Health in Kansas, an affiliate of Ascension Health since 2007, and Ministry Health Care in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Marian Health System was founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother in 1989.
St. John Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that encompasses eight hospitals in northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas, including St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso, St. John Broken Arrow, St. John Sapulpa, Jane Phillips Medical Center, Pawhuska City Hospital, Sedan City Hospital and Nowata Hospital. Other subsidiaries of the St. John Health System include OMNI Medical Group and Family Medical Care primary care physicians, St. John Physicians, Inc., a multi-specialty group physician practice; St. John Villas senior living centers, St. John Urgent Care centers and other outpatient treatment centers. More than 7,000 associates are employed by St. John.
“St. John is pleased to officially become part of the Ascension Health family. We believe this relationship will support and enhance St. John’s long-standing commitment to high-quality healthcare and service to the communities we serve,” said David Pynn, St. John Health System president and chief executive officer. “This affiliation links St. John and the two other health systems joining Ascension Health to an innovative organization with a like-minded commitment to our mission, a culture of safety, as well as a focus on providing person-centered care.”
“Ascension Health Alliance and the health systems of Marian, including St. John Health System, share a common mission of serving all with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable,” said Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Health Alliance. “We also share a commitment to providing spiritually centered, holistic care and advocating for a compassionate and just society through actions and words. This joining together is another expression of our commitment to strengthen Catholic healthcare.”