Celebrating 10 Years Serving Our Community
The hope for a local hospital came true when we opened St. John Owasso ten years ago.
Since then, we’ve had the honor of serving the people of Owasso and its surrounding communities, giving them access to the region’s most talented physicians and medically advanced technology. In return, we’ve built relationships, cared for our neighbors, invested in our future as a community, and built a foundation for health that will only get stronger with every coming decade. We’re honored – and proud to call this our home. See below for a list of milestones from our first decade of service.
February 11, 2005: Ceremonial groundbreaking for The Owasso Hospital, which would be later named St. John Owasso.
Owasso Mayor Susan Kimball commented on the project, "A quality hospital has been a long-term goal of Owasso for many years. This confidence in our community and the commitment made by St. John fills a large piece of the puzzle in making Owasso one of Oklahoma's premier cities."
September 17, 2006: Associates report for the first day of work at St. John Owasso.
“It was so special to be a part of setting up a hospital. We put together the equipment, set up the rooms, ordered supplies and wrote policies. It was such an experience to be here from the ground up. We have the most incredible staff and the greatest physicians. This is by far the best place I have ever worked and I feel so blessed and lucky to be a part of it!”--Missy Kelly, emergency department manager
October 14, 2006: St. John Owasso hosts a community open house.
Citizens tour the facility, including diagnostic, treatment and patient care areas. Hospital staff serve as tour facilitators and explain the state-of-the–art technology and services available. “St. John Owasso represents more than just a new hospital for the city. It extends St. John Health System’s 80-years of delivering medical excellence and compassionate care to northeastern Oklahoma,” David Phillips, St. John Owasso chief operating officer, said at the time. “We are pleased to offer a community hospital that is built on the solid foundation of St. John Health System, while focusing on the unique healthcare needs of Owasso and the surrounding communities.”
November 27, 2006: St. John Owasso opens.
The first patient is seen in the Emergency Department at 7:01 a.m. The ED saw 33 patients that day.
December 5, 2006: The first baby is delivered at St. John Owasso by Martiann Bohl-Witchey, DO, with assistance from Guy Sneed, DO.
Roman Xavier Krepps was born at 5:15 p.m., weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces.
January 25, 2007: St. John Owasso receives the 2006 Community Impact Award from the Owasso Chamber of Commerce.
The award recognized St. John not only for its $50 million investment in Owasso but also for building a state-of-the-art health care facility for the citizens of Owasso and northeastern Oklahoma, and for positively impacting the quality of life in its marketplace.
November 27, 2007: St. John Owasso celebrates its 1st anniversary.
Jason Lepak, MD, medical staff president at the time, said: “St. John Owasso continues to be the market leader in numerous areas and the people’s choice for the citizens of Owasso. The emergency department saw 15,274 patients in the first year, which was over twice the predicted volume. We have battled two major ice storms in the last year, one associated with the worst power outage in Oklahoma history. These events led to unprecedented levels of property damage, unusual challenges, suffering, and even loss of life. One beacon of light was particularly bright during this uninvited time. The medical staff and employees of St. John Owasso handled these situations with great compassion, flexibility, and resolve.”
Fall 2008: St. John Owasso’s services expand to include orthopedics, cardiology and ophthalmologic surgery.
May 5, 2012: St. John Owasso treats its 100,000th patient in the Emergency Department.
July 2013: St. John Owasso and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates partner to become the exclusive sports medicine providers for Owasso Public Schools.
October 12, 2013: St. John Owasso joins forces with Owasso Public Schools and Smith Farm Marketplace to present the Owasso Community Health Fair.
The health fair has been presented every year since then, providing valuable health and wellness information to more than 1,000 area residents.
December 26, 2014: St. John Owasso ED sees 108 patients.
It’s their first time to treat more than 100 patients in a single day.
November 27, 2016: St. John Owasso celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Associates continue to faithfully serve residents of Owasso and the surrounding communities with medical excellence and compassionate care.