Ascension St. John Expands in B.A. and Owasso

To support two of the fastest-growing communities in northeastern Oklahoma, Ascension announces bed expansions at both Ascension St. John Broken Arrow and Ascension St. John Owasso hospitals.

The investment will allow the healthcare ministry to meet the continued needs of theses growing communities through access to timely, quality care. In addition, this expansion will help relieve the demand for care at Ascension Medical Center in Tulsa.

“This investment Ascension St. John is making to increase the number of beds is a big win for Broken Arrow,” said Mayor Debra Wimpee. “The health and safety of our citizens is of paramount significance, and this expansion will provide our citizens greater access to high-quality health care services right here at home.”  

“We highly value our partnership with Ascension St. John in Owasso. Their continued investment and expansion of healthcare services and ministry to northeast Oklahoma is great news for our community,” said Warren Lehr, City Manager, City of Owasso. “More beds to provide better services to patients is positively supportive of the caring and thriving community we aspire to be in Owasso.” 

The expansion includes the addition of 24 acuity-adaptable beds at each hospital campus. Acuity-adaptable beds are designed to support a care model that allows a patient to stay in the same room, regardless of the level of care, until discharged from the hospital. Initially the 48 new beds will allow for up to intermediate levels of care
“This move solidifies our commitment to providing the high quality, compassionate care that our patients have come to expect and experience in our 95 years of service,” said Jeff Nowlin, FACHE, Ascension St. John CEO and Oklahoma Ministry Market Executive. “By investing in our Owasso and Broken Arrow communities, we are building the capacity to meet the needs of our patients close to home.”

The build out will occur within the shell floors of each hospital. This design was incorporated into the master facility plan when the hospitals were opened more than a decade ago. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2023. 

About Ascension St. John 
Ascension St. John operates six hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Ascension St. John employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension St. John provided more than $119 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2021. Serving Oklahoma for 95 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 one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia.