June 28, 2011 10:00 ET

St. John Health System to Collaborate With Sg2 for Long-Term Strategic Planning Initiative

Delivery of Expert Strategic Guidance, Analytics and Education to Support Growth, Operational and Resource Decisions

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2011) - Sg2, a health care intelligence and information services company, today announced an agreement with St. John Health System, located in Tulsa, OK, to develop a 5-year strategic plan. The agreement also includes a multiyear contract for the Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System and the Sg2 INSIGHT Clinical Performance Management System to support the strategic assessment, execution and tracking of this effort. Sg2 will provide St. John Health System with customized advisory services focused on education, analytics and intelligence.

St. John Health System, which includes a 575-bed tertiary care facility, 2 community hospitals and 1 critical access hospital in the Tulsa area, and Jane Phillips Health Corp., based in Bartlesville, aims to fully leverage its resources, ultimately creating a shared vision of fully integrated care across all campuses. In today's uncertain economy, the health system also wants to identify and prioritize future market growth and investment opportunities relative to emerging trends in order to best serve its constituents.

In addition to growth planning, Sg2 will offer consulting services and its 10-year Impact of Change® demand forecast, which projects inpatient and outpatient volumes by MS-DRG, disease-based Sg2 CARE Families, patient type and local service area. By integrating its patient-level data with Sg2 proprietary impact factors, St. John Health System will develop a complete picture of its future demand, revealing growth initiatives with a long-term strategic advantage.

Sustained competitive differentiation will hinge on St. John Health System's ability to integrate patient information, clinical decisions and care coordination across the System of CARE. Sg2's INSIGHT tools will support this goal with proprietary metrics, indices and benchmarks -- all necessary in identifying integration and improved value delivery opportunities. These qualitative and quantitative analyses will serve as the foundation for informed decision making for both short- and long-term goals.

Through delivery of strategic counsel, education, analytics and intelligence, this multiyear engagement will ultimately equip St. John Health System with specific recommendations and know-how to enhance and expedite specific elements of its existing strategic plan. It will also produce a clear, consensus-driven clinical program vision for each hospital campus and a set of actionable strategies that will drive growth, value and integration across the system.

"In light of health reform legislation, we have to be very smart with how we manage our resources and make financial investments across our 5 facilities. Through Sg2's extensive knowledge and reform-ready metrics, we have the advantages necessary to successfully compete in today's marketplace," says St. John Health System Vice President of Strategic Planning Page Bachman. "We have great confidence in their expertise and analytics because they allow us to track our progress and regularly refine our strategic plan as the environment changes."

Sg2 President Steve Lefar agrees the partnership will guide and support St. John Health System, especially in today's competitive landscape. "We believe a comprehensive strategic plan in the era of accountability must simultaneously target both growth and value considerations," he says. "Our long-term partnership arms St. John Health System with the tools and expertise necessary to make smart growth decisions, which will affect daily operations across all campuses. This will enhance system integration, allowing the health system to deliver quality care more effectively."

Throughout the collaboration, St. John Health System will have access to a portfolio of resources, including Sg2 University courses, Web seminars, on-site leadership discussions, publications, expert opinions and networking opportunities. These offerings provide information and thought leadership to support ongoing business initiatives.

CARE = Clinical Alignment and Resource Effectiveness.

About Sg2
Sg2 is a health care intelligence and information services company. Our data-driven systems, business intelligence and educational programs deliver growth and clinical performance improvement solutions across the care continuum. Sg2 works with more than 1,200 hospitals and health care organizations in the US and around the globe. For more information, visit

About St. John Health System
St. John Health System is an 85-year-old, not-for-profit Catholic health care system founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. St. John Health System owns or manages 9 hospitals in Northeastern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas, including St. John Medical Center, St. John Owasso, St. John Broken Arrow, St. John Sapulpa, OSU Medical Center, Jane Phillips Medical Center, Pawhuska City Hospital, Sedan City Hospital and Nowata Hospital. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include OMNI Medical Group primary care physicians; St. John Physicians, Inc., a multi-specialty group physician practice; St. John Urgent Care Centers; St. John Villas Senior Living Centers and a medical complex in South Tulsa.

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