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Health Care in Broken Arrow Continues to Expand

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By Patsy B. Weiler on April 14, 2023

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New multimillion-dollar expansions of area medical services are playing a key role in the growth of the thriving Broken Arrow community.

Guiding these endeavors are community-focused leaders who have a keen eye on meeting the demand for modern, high-quality health care in Broken Arrow.

Investing in Health Care in Broken Arrow

Work is underway on a $250 million expansion of Saint Francis Hospital South, and hospital President Todd Schuster couldn’t be more eager to talk about how the venture will help serve area residents.

Slated to be completed in 2025, the project will add 200,000 square feet to the hospital, effectively doubling the current space of the 104-bed facility.

Saint Francis Hospital South rendering in Broken Arrow, OK
Saint Francis Healthcare System

Coming Soon

On the drawing board is a new 120-bed patient tower, the reconfiguration of the surgery area to eight operating rooms, the combining of the pre- and post-anesthesia units and the enlargement of inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation services.

Also, a new main lobby will be constructed plus corridors linking the lobby to the patient tower, ER and parking garage.

Todd Schuster, Saint Francis Hospital South in Broken Arrow, OK

Todd Schuster
Saint Francis Hospital South

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to invest in our community by expanding services to meet the growing needs around our hospital,” says Schuster, a Tulsa native who has been employed with Saint Francis Health system since 2014. “We are embarking on a multiyear project that will expand our number of beds, operating rooms and many other services so our patients can continue to seek their health care close to home.”

Married and the father of three, he is also active in the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce.

“I think we have a unique opportunity to continue to build on the high-quality standards we have experienced at Saint Francis Hospital South during the past 15 years, which has earned us a nationally recognized top 100 community hospital designation twice in the last three years.”

The increased space will help lower the number of patient transfers to the main Saint Francis Yale campus and help recruit more medical and surgical specialists.

Exceptional Nurses in Broken Arrow

Hillcrest Hospital South, a 180-bed acute care medical center, offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including an emergency department and maternity, cardiology, surgery, advanced wound treatment, and heartburn and reflux care.

Chief Nursing Officer Kelly Clark moved to the region in April 2022 after a nearly 20-year, acute care nursing and leadership experience career in Las Cruces, New Mexico. A married father of two daughters and an outdoor enthusiast, he brings a strong track record for accomplishing organizational goals through relationships and team building.

Clark credits a driven nursing leadership team as one of the reasons he wanted to work for Hillcrest South. And, he says he was drawn to the high-performing hospital, family atmosphere and an “amazing senior leadership team that has shared values.”

“Hillcrest South is a beacon hospital that draws exceptional nurses,” Clark says. “My future vision includes growing our nursing team, achieving additional national accreditation of programs and becoming the hospital of choice for patients in our area.”

Selfless Service Helps Fuel Growth

Matthew Adams, Ascension St. John Broken Arrow

Matthew Adams
Ascension St. John Broken Arrow

Daily interacting with caregivers who “serve others selflessly” is a joy, says Matthew Adams, Ascension St. John Broken Arrow president.

Adams, who assumed his leadership role at the hospital in June 2022, is married to a Tulsa native and the father of four girls. Adams is overseeing the facility’s growth, a part of a $16 million expansion plan that will increase the number of beds at the Broken Arrow site and the nearby Ascension St. John Owasso hospitals.

Broken Arrow’s 44 licensed beds will increase to 62 and including four beds already open in the intensive care unit.

“We are blessed to be recognized by national organizations like U.S. News and World Report, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and The Leapfrog Group as a high-performing organization and for our quality of patient care,” Adams says. “As we grow, I look forward to being a part of an amazing team of individuals with servant hands and hearts focused on meeting the health and wellness needs of Broken Arrow.”

Continued Growth in Broken Arrow

Walk through the doors of Ascension St. John Broken Arrow and hear the sounds of hope, health, strength and the construction of an $8 million expansion.

It’s part of the overall $16 million project that will create 18 new adaptable beds – 14 intermediate care beds and four that recently became available in the ICU – at two Ascension St. John hospitals, Broken Arrow and Owasso. The welcomed additions will support two of the fastest-growing communities in northeast Oklahoma.

The beds are designed to provide a care model that allows patients to stay in their room until they’re discharged from the hospital. A major plus for area residents is they can be treated closer to home and not have to travel to Ascension St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Officials said the buildout will take place in the shell floors of each hospital. The design was incorporated into a master facility plan when the hospitals opened more than a decade ago.

The facility delivers specialty services, offers 24/7 emergency care and features a Level IV trauma center. It provides advanced surgical care for serious and life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

Announced in 2021 and well underway, the expansion is expected to be completed in early 2023.

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