St. John Owasso Celebrates 10th Anniversary

OWASSO, OKLA. (November 23, 2016) – St. John Owasso will mark its 10th year of serving residents of Owasso and surrounding communities on November 27. The facility was Owasso’s first hospital, and the first new facility for St. John in 80 years. 

“The dream of a local hospital came true when we opened St. John Owasso 10 years ago,” said David Phillips, St. John Owasso president and chief operating officer.  “We’re proud and honored to have served the people of our community, and we look forward to continuing to do so for many more decades.”

Many current St. John Owasso associates have worked at the facility since it opened. Emergency Department manager Melissa Kelly, RN, BSN, recalls the excitement of opening the hospital: “It was so special to be a part of setting up a hospital. We put together the equipment, set up the rooms, ordered supplies and wrote policies. It was such an experience to be here from the ground up. We have the most incredible staff and the greatest physicians. This is by far the best place I have ever worked, and I feel so blessed and lucky to be a part of it!”

Below are a list of St. John Owasso’s milestones:

November 27, 2006: St. John Owasso opens. The first patient is seen in the Emergency Department at 7:01 a.m. The ED saw 33 patients that day.

December 5, 2006: The first baby is delivered at St. John Owasso by Martiann Bohl-Witchey, DO, with assistance from Guy Sneed, DO. Roman Xavier Krepps was born at 5:15 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Since then, 3,400 babies have been born at the hospital.

January 25, 2007: St. John Owasso receives the 2006 Community Impact Award from the Owasso Chamber of Commerce for its $50-million investment in Owasso, for building a state-of-the-art healthcare facility for the citizens of Owasso and northeastern Oklahoma, and for positively impacting the quality of life in its marketplace.

November 27, 2007: St. John Owasso celebrates its first anniversary. 

Jason Lepak, MD, medical staff president at the time, said: “St. John Owasso continues to be the market leader in numerous areas and the people’s choice for the citizens of Owasso. The emergency department saw 15,274 patients in the first year, which was over twice the predicted volume.

“We have battled two major ice storms in the last year, one associated with the worst power outage in Oklahoma history. These events led to unprecedented levels of property damage, unusual challenges, suffering, and even loss of life. One beacon of light was particularly bright during this uninvited time. The medical staff and employees of St. John Owasso handled these situations with great compassion, flexibility, and resolve.”

Fall 2008: St. John Owasso’s services expand to include orthopedics, cardiology and ophthalmologic surgery.

May 5, 2012: St. John Owasso treats its 100,000th patient in the Emergency Department.

July 2013: St. John Owasso and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates partner to become the exclusive sports medicine providers for Owasso Public Schools.

October 12, 2013: St. John Owasso joins forces with Owasso Public Schools and Smith Farm Marketplace to present the Owasso Community Health Fair. The health fair has been presented every year since then, providing valuable health and wellness information to more than 1,000 area residents.

December 26, 2014: St. John Owasso ED sees 108 patients.  It’s their first time to treat more than 100 patients in a single day.

November 27, 2016: St. John Owasso celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Associates continue to faithfully serve residents of Owasso and the surrounding communities with medical excellence and compassionate care.

St. John Owasso is an affiliate of St. John Health System, a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

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, Bartlesville and Nowata, as well as physician offices throughout northeastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include St. John Clinic, St. John Clinic Urgent Care and medical complexes in south Tulsa and Claremore. St. John serves more than 3,500 patients every day. St. John Health System is a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

About Ascension

Ascension ( 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 FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 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.

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