St. John Owasso Opens; First Baby Born

READY FOR PATIENTS: St. John Owasso officials held a press conference on Nov. 21 to announce the Nov. 27 opening date for the state-of-the-art facility. Owasso Mayor Steve Cataudella, left, congratulates Jason Lepak, M.D., St. John Owasso Medical Staff President, right, and David Phillips, St. John Owasso CEO.

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St. John Owasso ushered in a new era of healthcare into Owasso when it opened as the city’s first hospital Nov. 27. The 36-bed, four-story 106,000-square-foot facility began accepting patients at 7 a.m. in all areas of the full-service hospital.

Approximately 40 physicians from the Owasso, Claremore, Tulsa and surrounding communities are credentialed to serve St. John Owasso patients in areas including anesthesia, cardiovascular medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, radiology and surgery.

“St. John Owasso hospital represents more than just a new hospital for the city. It reiterates St. John’s commitment to medical excellence and compassionate care for Owasso and all of northeast Oklahoma,” says St. John Owasso chief executive officer David Phillips. “Our hospital offers the finest in advanced technology, unsurpassed nursing and medical staff and the very best in patient care and service.”

St. John Owasso welcomed the community’s first hospital delivery December 5 with the arrival of a baby boy. Roman Xavier Krepps was delivered at 5:15 p.m. to parents Shirlynn Mitchell and Burt Krepps of Oologah. He weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches in length.

St. John Owasso physicians Martiann Bohl-Witchey, D.O., and Guy Sneed, D.O., delivered the infant in one of St. John Owasso’s state-of-the-art medical suites.

“The birth of baby Roman marks more than the beginning of a new life,” says David Phillips, St. John Owasso chief executive officer. “It celebrates St. John Owasso’s pledge to unsurpassed women’s health care, as well as a commitment to medical excellence for Owasso and surrounding communities.”

As the community’s full-service hospital, St John Owasso is rapidly becoming a trusted partner in delivering healthcare to the Owasso area. Since the hospital’s official opening, the emergency department has treated approximately 35 patients per day. More than 50 individuals have been admitted for treatment and observation. Additionally, the full-service laboratory and radiology departments have seen a steady stream of patient cases requiring medical services.

Key features of the St. John Owasso hospital include:

• Warmly decorated, all-private rooms with room service
• State-of-the-art, 24-hour emergency center; staffed by highly qualified board-certified emergency medicine physicians and registered nurses
• Four modern surgery suites and two special procedure rooms staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists
• The area’s first all-digital diagnostic imaging including CT, MRI, mammography, bone density and ultrasound
• Labor and delivery unit with four spacious, state-of-the-art labor and delivery rooms, eight postpartum rooms, and a newborn nursery with large viewing window and waiting room
• Center for Women’s Health with comprehensive services
• On-site obstetrics and gynecology services
• Access to St. John Medical Center’s specialty and critical care services; Owasso’s only medical helipad is conveniently located outside of the emergency department for immediate patient transport

St. John Owasso offers a complete spectrum of health care needs to Owasso-area residents, which includes the St. John Owasso Center for Women’s Health. The facility is located at 12451 E. 100th St. N. For more information, please call the St. John PulseLine, (918) 744-0123.

Updated 01-17-2007

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