Community Benefit


At St. John, investing in our fellow man is an honor. 

It only takes a street address to be in a community. To be part of a community requires a much larger commitment. The St. John Health System is deeply committed to its local communities.

Since 1926, St. John Health System has been an integral part of every community it serves—providing nationally recognized healthcare services and giving back through care for persons living in poverty, education of medical care professionals, medical research and many other ways that help make those communities better places to live. 

Healthcare is expensive. For those who are underinsured or underemployed, getting medical care for themselves and their families can seem impossible. St. John believes healthcare is not only for those who can afford it. A benevolent underpinning of the Roman Catholic faith, St. John provides financial assistance for those whose medical bills could be financially devastating. On average over the past three fiscal years (2013-2015), St. John has provided more than $62 million in unreimbursed care for the poor and underserved. This number is computed as cost of services, not charges written off. 

In the greater Tulsa area, St. John actively reaches out to disadvantaged citizens. Through the creation of the Medical Access Program (MAP), St. John serves individuals living in poverty in numerous ways including through operation of the Rockford Medical Clinic in Tulsa, which offers free primary medical care; financial support of other organizations offering free primary medical care; and provision of free diagnostic imaging and specialty medical care. The estimated cost of this outreach program exceeds $5 million per year, which is provided by St. John and private donors. Many physicians in our community participate in this program by providing care at no cost to the patient.

Oklahoma is challenged by a shortage of critical healthcare resources, including one of the lowest ratios of active patient care physicians—1.79 per 1,000 population—in the U.S.**  This critical shortage of doctors is a catalyst for St. John’s participation as a primary teaching hospital for medical residency programs in internal medicine, family medicine and general surgery. Many other physicians and medical students also receive a portion of their residency and medical school training at St. John facilities. In addition, St. John provides financial and operational support for numerous nursing, physician assistant and medical technologist teaching programs, as well as a pharmacy residency training program. 

St. John believes investing in the next generation of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals is critical to bettering local communities. On average, St. John provides funding in excess of $16 million each year to graduate and allied health medical education programs and to support additional community benefit programs. These programs ensure quality healthcare services will be available for many years to come. 
To estimate the cost of community benefit, St. John follows the guidance of the U.S. Catholic Health Association and the Internal Revenue Service. Using these criteria, St. John estimates it has provided an average of more than $78 million in community benefit each year, which represents more than 7 percent of total St. John operating expenses for the last three years (2013–2015). When calculating community benefit, St. John does not include bad debt; shortfalls in difference between payment for and cost of service to Medicare beneficiaries; payment of property, sales, use, income, payroll, and other taxes; or the considerable economic value provided to local communities in which it operates. 


St. John’s more than 7,000 physicians, associates and volunteers reach out to eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas communities through:

  • Supporting Tulsa Area United Way, American Heart Association Heart Walk, and other social service and healthcare programs
  • Participation in clinical research and trials to improve the care and treatment of patients
  • Participation in health education and health screening events
  • Partnering with Tulsa County Health Department, Good Samaritan Health Services, Morton Health Clinic, In His Image Family Medicine Residency Program, Day Center for the Homeless, Tulsa Dream Center, Community Health Connections, Family and Children’s Services, Tulsa County Medical Society, the University of Oklahoma - Tulsa College of Community Medicine, Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso public schools and many more organizations
  • Through the 300 members of the St. John Auxiliary, who greet and serve patients and their families throughout the Health System

St. John is proud of its position as a vital presence in the communities of eastern Oklahoma and southeast Kansas. Among many other accomplishments, St. John has created northeast Oklahoma’s only accredited comprehensive stroke center and American College of Surgeons level II trauma center, established Oklahoma’s only collaborative agreement with MD Anderson Cancer Network (through St. John Medical Center), and a rapidly expanding St. John Clinic network, with new primary and urgent care locations in south Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Claremore and Okmulgee. 

St. John continues to invest its available resources into programs and services that improve the health and wellness of the citizens in the communities it serves. 

This is our promise: Medical Excellence and Compassionate Care.

Wherever we are needed, we will gratefully serve.


* Care for the Poor and Underserved is defined as the estimated unreimbursed cost of charity care and the difference between the cost of service to Medicaid beneficiaries and the reimbursement received from Medicaid.  St. John determines the estimated cost of these services by applying the ratio of total costs to total charges for each St. John facility or organization. 

**American Association of Medical Colleges' State Physician Workforce Data Book (2011).