St. John Health System CEO Announces Transition Plans

May 5, 2010, Tulsa, Okla. -- Sister M. Therese Gottschalk, St. John Health System president and chief executive officer, announced today the intent to transition from her present role. Gottschalk will continue to serve on the St. John Health System board of directors, expand her role with St. John’s mission integration services, and continue responsibilities as president of Marian Health System. St. John Health System is sponsored by Marian Health System, one of the nation's largest Catholic healthcare networks.

Under Gottschalk’s leadership, St. John Health System has grown into a fully integrated healthcare system serving northeast Oklahoma, southeast Kansas and northwest Arkansas.

For more than 40 years, Sister Therese has dedicated her life and career to providing health care and related ministries for our community, especially the sick, the poor and the powerless,” said Bob Sullivan, chairman, St. John Health System board of directors. “Sister Therese’s wisdom and leadership, as well as her compassion and desire for quality health care, has been essential to the success and viability of St. John Health System. We appreciate her dedication in serving as our CEO, and look forward to her continued long-term involvement.”

An executive search firm will conduct a national and internal candidate search for Gottschalk’s successor. St. John Health System anticipates the transition to occur in early 2011.

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 operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Sapulpa and Bartlesville. A fifth hospital is currently under construction in Broken Arrow. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include OMNI Medical Group primary care physicians, St. John Physicians, Inc. multi-specialty group physician practice; St. John Urgent Care Centers, St. John Villas Senior Living Centers and medical complexes in South Tulsa and Claremore.

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