$500,000 Donation Presented to St. John by Volunteer Group

Donation part of $2.5 million pledge; largest in volunteer program’s history

TULSA, OKLA – St. John Health System announced today that it has received a $500,000 donation from the health system’s auxiliary volunteer group. The donation is the first installment of a $2.5 million total pledge, the largest gift in St. John Auxiliary’s 60-year history. The funds will go toward the purchase of upgrades to the St. John da Vinci® surgical system, a robotic platform that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures.

Upgrades include the addition of a dual console feature, which allows two surgeons to simultaneously collaborate during surgery. St. John’s upgrade, the da Vinci Si, offers numerous benefits over open surgery, which include shorter hospital stays, significantly less pain, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring and quicker return to normal activities. St. John currently offers women’s surgeries including hysterectomies, as well as urologic procedures including prostatectomies via the da Vinci Si surgical system. Additional procedures offered in 2011 will include colorectal, cardiothoracic and general surgeries.

Funds for the gift were generated from the operation of the St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso and St. John Broken Arrow gift shops, as well as special sales events and Auxiliary fundraising projects.

“We are grateful to the St. John Auxiliary for their generous donation,” said Pat Wright, St. John Medical Center director of surgical services. “The da Vinci Si system will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our patients. As a healthcare leader, St. John is committed to pairing skilled surgeons with state-of-the-art equipment. The da Vinci robotic system enhances our surgical services by enabling multiple surgeons to perform complex surgeries with minimally invasive procedures. This translates into quality care and good outcomes for our patients.”

The St. John Auxiliary began providing volunteer services in 1951 on the campus of Tulsa’s St. John Medical Center. The Auxiliary began with 12 members, and their first gift to the hospital was the Shrine of our Lady of Fatima, located at the corner of 21st St. and Utica Ave. Currently, there are more than 300 volunteers who donate more than 80,000 hours of service annually. Volunteer service is also offered at St. John Owasso and St. John Broken Arrow affiliate hospitals.

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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