President, CEO retiring from JPMC

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

After more than two decades at Jane Phillips Medical Center, President and Chief Operating Officer David R. Stire is stepping down from his role at the local hospital. Current plans call for Stire’s tenure to end effective December 31, 2014.

JPMC operates the Pawhuska Hospital.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 22 years at JPMC and have no regrets about moving here from Peoria, Illinois back in 1992. We raised our children here and are proud to call Bartlesville home.”

Roles at JPMC have included Director of Radiology, VP of Clinical Services, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, just to name a few. He has been in his current role for the past 12 years, a role that the average executive only remains in for five years.

Assisting with the logistics surrounding the selection of a new COO at JP is one of Stire’s most important projects. In the next few months, he will be working with St. John Health System (SJHS) leadership, board members, physicians, and local community leaders during the process to find a successor. Plans call for enlisting support of a national search firm as well as soliciting internal and external applications locally.

“The goal is to select a person in time to orient them to the various aspects of the job before my departure at year’s end, but we will take as much time as is necessary to ensure a smooth transition and continued success,” Stire said.

Under Stire’s leadership, the hospital made numerous investments in technology that greatly benefitted patients.

JPMC also earned a number of impressive awards from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The hospital also became an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Certified Organization, one of only 50 in the nation at the time.

St. John Health System Chief Executive Officer David Pynn commended Stire for his many years of faithful service.

“It has been a genuine honor and privilege to have had David as a member of our healthcare team,” Pynn said. “He has long exemplified what it means to be a caring, dedicated leader totally focused on our mission, vision, and values. He most definitely will be missed professionally and personally. It is with sincere thanks we wish him well.”

Stire and his wife Carrie are the proud parents of one son, Ben, who this fall will be a senior at Oklahoma City University where he is majoring in music, and one daughter, Claire, who will be a freshman at University of Central Oklahoma where she will be studying graphic arts.