Comments from Diana Smalley, Regional President/Mercy, regarding the status of a prospective public-private partnership for the OSU Medical Center

"We have a number of doctors educated and trained at OSU's medical school in Tulsa practicing throughout our health care system.  They are all well qualified doctors.   Our knowledge of the vital importance of this teaching hospital when it comes to addressing our state's shortage of primary care physicians is what drives our interest in forging a public-private partnership with OSU.    Our state needs the OSU teaching hospital not only to provide physicians, but also to care for the underserved in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma.   The state's willingness to make a firm commitment to the teaching hospital is a solid step forward and makes attracting a strong private partner who is willing to commit management, financial and technology resources to secure a viable and sustainable future achievable.  While the opportunity of a public-private partnership between Mercy and OSU in Tulsa is being considered by our fellow Catholic healthcare systems in Tulsa as well as leaders in Tulsa, we remain interested in advancing the discussions."  

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