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St. John expands gastrointestinal services with local partnership

New alignment adds eight physicians, surgical center

(Tulsa, Oklahoma ) Sept. 26, 2018 — St. John Health System has expanded its gastrointestinal services through a formal partnership with Gastroenterology Specialists Inc. (GSI) effective this month. The partnership adds eight board certified gastroenterologists and a support team of nurse practitioners a registered dietician nutritionist and a surgical center to the gastrointestinal resources available to St. John patients. GSI provides services at 10210 E. 91st St.  

“Both St. John and GSI have a mission to deliver the highest quality and safety to our patients so this formalized relationship is a natural pairing,” said Michael L. Mullins, FACHE, president and CEO of St. John Health System and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Oklahoma and Ascension Kansas. “Together, we’ll provide even greater patient access to services and ensure an overall outstanding patient experience through all stages of their care.”

GSI opened in 1983 as an independent specialty practice offering a full array of gastrointestinal treatments including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies, capsule endoscopies, infusions, medications, and dietary management. The team’s high-quality patient care has been recognized by the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for its performance standards in patient care, patient rights, and infection control. 

“The alignment of GSI and St. John’s values and vision has been clear throughout this partnership process,” said John Hood, MD, gastroenterology specialist at GSI. “Our physicians and staff are excited to work collaboratively with St. John Health System and its affiliated physicians to provide excellent gastrointestinal treatment in our community.” 

Jeffrey D. Nowlin, FACHE, president & COO of St. John Medical Center, says the joint venture will give capacity to St. John physicians as the need for GI services grows while keeping high attention to patient care. 

“GSI’s more than 30 years of service to patients in Tulsa complements St. John’s nine decades of commitment to patient care in Tulsa and the surrounding communities,” said Nowlin. “We look forward to this new partnership and the expanded offering of comprehensive services to our patients and clinicians in Northeast Oklahoma." 

Individuals interested in gastrointestinal services can schedule an appointment for a primary care consultation online at getstjohncare.com or by calling St. John PulseLine at 918-744-0123.  

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About St. John Health System  

Ascension’s St. John Health System operates six hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $106 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2017. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, St. John Health System / Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.


About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 156,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

 

Media Contact:  
Leah Harper 
St. John Health System 
Office: 918.744.3212 
Leah.Harper@ascension.org 

 

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