OSU Medical Center Names New CEO

Tulsa, Okla. – St. John Health System has named Jan Slater to the position of Oklahoma State University Medical Center (OSUMC) chief executive officer. A seasoned medical executive with more than 33 years experience in healthcare management, Slater has served as interim chief executive officer upon OSUMC’s transfer of ownership from Ardent Health Services to the OSUMC Trust on April 30, 2009.

“We are fortunate to have Jan leading OSUMC leadership as we begin a new chapter in the hospital's history,” says David Pynn, St. John Health System chief operating officer. “Jan’s impressive background and health care experience will enable her to quickly address the transitional needs of OSUMC, as well as plan for its long-term growth.”

“My fellow Trustees and I have worked closely with Jan as acting CEO for the last several months, and I am most impressed with her scope of expertise, as well as her enthusiasm for the mission of this hospital,” says Robert Poe, OSUMC Trust chairman. “This support is echoed by the entire group of OSU Medical Center trustees, and we are confident in the future of OSU Medical Center under Jan's direction.”

Prior to her position with OSUMC, Slater served as corporate legal counsel to St. John Health System, a position she held since 1991. Other hospital management experience includes serving as operations vice president for Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center in Ponca City, from 1985 to 1987. Slater served as director of information and data, as well as rural hospital liaison for the Oklahoma Hospital Association from 1983 to 1985. Additionally, she held the position of chief executive officer for the Pawhuska Hospital in Pawhuska from 1980 to 1983.

Slater also previously served as adjunct faculty member for Oral Roberts University’s Hospital Administration program, as well as a research associate for Kansas University Medical Center. She presently serves as a University of Tulsa adjunct professor in the Division of Continuing Education; Professional Development Program and Legal Nurse Consultant Course.

Slater holds a Juris Doctorate and Mater of Business Administration with emphasis in health law and health administration from University of Tulsa, and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in health administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in biology and chemistry from Ottawa University.

Other new executive team positions filled at OSUMC include Kevin Steck, St. John Health System vice president of corporate compliance and integrity, who recently accepted the additional responsibility of compliance officer for OSUMC. Additionally, OSUMC has hired Craig McKnight as its new chief financial officer.

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