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Integris completes purchase of Deaconess hospital

Oklahoma City — Integris took control of Deaconess Hospital and the clinics associated with it on Monday.

Rex Van Meter, who had been president of Integris Canadian Valley, is now president of the hospital, which was renamed Integris Deaconess. Teresa Gray, who was vice president of patient care at the Canadian Valley hospital, will succeed Van Meter as its president.

Integris had announced in June that it intended to buy AllianceHealth Deaconess, and to offer jobs to all employees in good standing. The previous owner was Community Health Systems Inc., which is based in Tennessee and also owns AllianceHealth Midwest.

Tim Johnsen, president of Integris Baptist Medical Center, said the purchase made sense because Integris needed Deaconess' 238 beds for critical care patients.

Deaconess started as a Free Methodist home for unwed mothers, which added a hospital in 1931. Triad Health Systems bought it in 2005, before selling it to Community Health Systems in 2007.

Meg Wingerter

Meg Wingerter has covered health at The Oklahoman since July 2017. Previously, she lived in Topeka, Kansas, and worked at Kansas News Service and The Topeka Capital-Journal, where she earned awards for business coverage. She graduated from... Read more ›