St. John Health System Names New CEO

David Pynn named St. John Health System chief executive

November, 1, 2010 – St. John Health System (SJHS) announced today that David Pynn, St. John Health System executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named to the position of chief executive officer. Pynn will succeed long-time CEO Sister M. Therese Gottschalk, who will remain on the board of directors and lead mission integration for the organization. Gottschalk will also continue in her role as president and CEO of Marian Health System, owner of SJHS and a regional non-profit Catholic healthcare system sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Pynn, a seasoned medical executive with more than 25 years experience in healthcare management, will assume this new role effective January 1, 2011.

“After an exhaustive national search that attracted hundreds of highly qualified candidates from the best healthcare systems in the country, we are pleased to announce the selection of David Pynn as St. John’s next chief executive," said Bob Sullivan, chairman, St. John Health System board of directors. “During her 50-year healthcare career, Sister Therese has spent an incredible 38 years at St. John, and we are pleased she will remain involved in the organization. David is a proven leader having served St. John for many years, and we are extremely confident in his abilities to advance the organization and carry on the legacy of Sister Therese and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.”

Pynn’s expansive career in the healthcare industry includes serving as president and chief executive officer of St. John Medical Center from 1999 to 2008. Prior to employment with St. John, he served as president and chief executive officer of CommunityCare, a health maintenance organization and insurance company. He was also president and chief executive officer of Comprehensive Medical Care Affiliates, Inc., a preferred provider organization.

Pynn earned his undergraduate degree in personnel management and psychology from Southwest Missouri State University, and his Master of Science in psychology from Oklahoma State University. He served on the board of directors for the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations and was president of the South Central Regional of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations. Pynn served as a board member for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Hospitals Authority, and is presently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About St. John Health System

St. John Health System is an 84-year-old, not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

St John Health System owns or manages nine hospitals in Northeastern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas, including St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso, St. John Broken Arrow, St. John Sapulpa, OSU Medical Center, Jane Phillips Medical Center, Sedan City Hospital and Nowata Hospital. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include OMNI Medical Group primary care physicians, St. John Physicians, Inc., a multi-specialty group physician practice; St. John Urgent Care Centers, St. John Villas Senior Living Centers and a medical complex in South Tulsa. St. John Health System is responsible for more than 7,000 employees.

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