St. John Medical Center Requests Rezoning as Part of City of Tulsa’s PLANiTULSA Comprehensive Community Development Plan
Tulsa, Okla. (December 30, 2015) – St. John Medical Center, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system, has applied to the City of Tulsa to rezone the core of its Utica campus to a mixed-use institutional district (MX-I). St. John’s application is scheduled to be heard by the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission on January 20, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Meeting Room at Tulsa City Hall.
The proposed MX-I zoning will replace old planned unit developments (PUD) dating back to the mid-1980s, which St. John has also asked the city to abandon. St. John’s request for MX-I rezoning will allow the medical center to begin the process of examining the core of its campus for future development.
MX-I is a new zoning district for institutions, like St. John, that enables flexible campus growth while ensuring compatibility with adjacent land uses and thoroughfares. The MX-I zoning district was recommended for the St. John campus as part of a small area plan for the Utica Midtown Corridor. This plan amended Tulsa’s comprehensive plan, commonly referred to as PLANiTULSA, and included extensive citizen engagement, thorough research of existing conditions and vetting of plan recommendations, as well as engagement from relevant city departments and affiliated agencies.
“The City of Tulsa and PLANiTULSA’s framework for MX-I rezoning will allow St. John to determine the positive growth needs for our existing space, while coordinating within the framework of growth determined by the community partners and citizens that established key desired outcomes for our area,” said Richard Boone, St. John Health System Foundation president. “This request to the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission allows us to begin planning within our established space and prepare our midtown campus for the future.”
Boone continued, “St. John Medical Center serves as an important medical safety net for Tulsa and eastern Oklahoma, as well as one of the largest community employers to residents from Tulsa and the surrounding communities. We appreciate the opportunity to positively impact those we serve, as we look to the future in further developing our core space with state-of-the-art medical services and technology.”
About St. John Health System
St. John Health System is a not-for-profit Catholic health care system founded in 1926. St. John operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa and Bartlesville. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include St. John Clinic, St. John Clinic Urgent Care Centers and medical complexes in south Tulsa and Claremore. St. John serves more than 3,500 patients every day.
St. John is a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based health care organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In fiscal year 2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to health care delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions, including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management and contracting through Ascension's own group purchasing organization.
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