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St. John Health System to Adopt Ascension as Part of its Name

In the coming months, St. John Health System will become Ascension St. John as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health.

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Oct. 2, 2018) – St. John Health System will add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to make it clearer and easier for patients to access the care they need and to navigate their health. In moving toward a unified name, St. John will become Ascension St. John.

By creating more consistent names for its facilities and services across the country, Ascension will better connect every aspect of care and innovation across its hospitals and other sites of care.

Since 2013, St. John has been affiliated with Ascension, the nation’s leading nonprofit health system, with 2,600 sites of care and 34,000 providers in 21 states and Washington, D.C.

“St. John is working together with Ascension to shape the national health landscape,” said Michael L. Mullins, CEO of St. John Health System and Ministry Market Executive. “We’re bringing together the knowledge and resources of thousands of medical professionals across the country and combining it with our local medical expertise for an even greater benefit to the communities we have the honor of serving. Adding the Ascension name to our own reflects the strength of being part of this national network.”

Patients will continue to see the doctor they know and trust, but that physician is connected to other experts and specialists across the state and across the country, all dedicated to providing care specific to their individual needs.

Innovations made possible through St. John’s work as part of Ascension will enable patients and their families to connect with their caregivers when, where and how they need it, such as virtual care and telemedicine options. Reciprocally, St. John brings numerous nationally-recognized specialty services and teams including northeast Oklahoma’s only Level II trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons, the state’s only transplant center rated five-stars by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and St. John Heyman Stroke Center, the first Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center (CSC) in eastern Oklahoma, recognized as the top stroke care provider in eastern Oklahoma.

“The patients and families we serve have high expectations for excellent, personalized care delivered easily and conveniently. By creating consistent names across Ascension facilities and services nationwide, we’re making it easier for patients to access the care they need and expanding our efforts to deliver high-quality, affordable care for everyone with special attention to those most in need,” said Nick Ragone, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension.

St. John joins Ascension systems in three other states in beginning the move to a unified name, which will take place within the next year. Last October, Ascension’s sites of care in Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Florida and New York adopted the Ascension name. St. John Health System opened in 1926 by the Catholic Congregation Sisters of a Sorrowful Mother as a 50-bed hospital at 21st St. and Utica Ave. Today, it includes six hospitals in northeast Oklahoma including Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Bartlesville and Nowata.

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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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