WOODWARD, Okla. (OBV) – INTEGRIS Health officials celebrated the company’s new ownership of an award-winning Woodward hospital.
Company representatives announced in August that deals were set to acquire AllianceHealth Ponca City and the operational assets of AllianceHealth Woodward. INTEGRIS signed an agreement with the City of Woodward for the long-term lease of the Woodward hospital The transaction became official on Nov. 1.
The Woodward facility was renamed INTEGRIS Health Woodward Hospital, and a ribbon-cutting was held at the facility on Nov. 2 to celebrate the new ownership.
“We are so excited to further our reach into the western part of the state,” said Timothy Pehrson, president and CEO of INTEGRIS Health. “We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Oklahomans and are thrilled to partner with Ponca City to ensure their citizens live longer healthier lives.”
More than 200 people attended the celebration.
“Our Woodward team looks forward to continuing to provide quality health care to our community and the Northwest Oklahoma region, under INTEGRIS Health leadership,” said John Brown, the interim chief hospital executive of INTEGRIS Health Woodward Hospital.
INTEGRIS Health officials previously said they will work with both hospitals’ medical staff and leadership to develop clinical synergy plans to integrate the hospitals into and establish Ponca City and Woodward as regional sources for health care services.
AllianceHealth Ponca City and AllianceHealth Woodward served Kay and Woodward counties and had more than 200,000 patient encounters last year.
“We have a dedicated and skilled team of providers who have and will continue to provide safe, quality care for our patients,” Chris Mendoza, chief executive officer of AllianceHealth Ponca City, said in August. “We’ll work closely with the leadership of INTEGRIS Health to support a smooth integration with their organization.”
AllianceHealth Woodward has 87 beds. Chartis Center for Rural Health recognized it twice in the past five years as one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital in the United States for exceptional performance and innovation. It offers emergency medicine, a range of surgical services including orthopedic, as well as outpatient services that include diagnostic imaging, sleep studies and rehabilitation.
“We are thrilled to have Woodward Hospital and Ponca City Hospital join INTEGRIS Health later this year to further advance our mission by serving more lives in the western part of our state,” Pehrson said in August. “We remain committed to Oklahomans who rely upon INTEGRIS Health to care for them in their greatest time of need.”