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St. John Expands New Regional Onboarding Center

TULSA, Okla. (August 4, 2017) – St. John and Ascension have expanded the Regional Onboarding Center, a facility in partnership with the University of Tulsa’s Oxley College of Health Sciences at 1215 S. Boulder Ave. The Center is one of only three programs of its kind within Ascension’s 2,500 sites of care across the nation. It is designed to guide nurses and other clinical professionals through a specialized orientation and hands-on clinical training program. During the first two weeks of employment, these clinicians experience an innovative, simulation-based process that integrates experiential learning, guided reflection and deliberate practice to build their competence and confidence at the bedside. 

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this specialized orientation program to all of our nurses,” said Pam Kiser, chief nursing officer for St. John Health System. “Tulsa is among the few in the nation to have this kind of simulation training program, providing a safe way to practice delivery of care in a collaborative, experiential learning process.”

“Our partnerships with St. John Health System span many decades,” said Gerard Clancy, MD, University of Tulsa president. “These newest efforts with state-of-the-art onboarding, simulation and education facilities and equipment will strengthen our joint work in improving the health of all Oklahomans by helping assure high quality care no matter the complexity of the medical condition. We thank St. John Health System and Ascension Health for including us." 

The center will also be used for continuing clinical education, including advanced simulations for emergency room, operating room and neonatal intensive care unit scenarios.

About St. John Health System
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, 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 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.

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