It only takes a street address to be in a community. To be part of a community requires a much larger commitment. The St. John Health System is deeply committed to its local communities.
Since 1926, St. John Health System has been an integral part of every community it serves—providing nationally recognized healthcare services and giving back through care for persons living in poverty, education of medical care professionals, medical research and many other ways that help make those communities better places to live.
Healthcare is expensive. For those who are underinsured or underemployed, getting medical care for themselves and their families can seem impossible. St. John believes healthcare is not only for those who can afford it. A benevolent underpinning of the Roman Catholic faith, St. John provides financial assistance for those whose medical bills could be financially devastating. On average over the past three fiscal years (2012-2014), St. John has provided more than $59 million in unreimbursed care for the poor and underserved*. This number is computed as cost of services, not charges written off.
In the greater Tulsa area, St. John actively reaches out to disadvantaged citizens. Through the creation of the Medical Access Program (MAP), St. John serves individuals living in poverty in numerous ways including through operation of the Rockford Medical Clinic in Tulsa, which offers free primary medical care; financial support of other organizations offering free primary medical care; and provision of free diagnostic imaging and specialty medical care. The estimated cost of this outreach program exceeds $5 million per year, which is provided by St. John and private donors. Many physicians in our community participate in this program by providing care at no cost to the patient.