Business Bulletin: Joe Hodges, SSM Health St. AnthonyPublished: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 By: Kaylee Terracina Source: VeloCity
As a native Oklahoman who works at the oldest hospital in Oklahoma, Joe Hodges, regional president of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City, has a unique perspective on the renaissance that has shaped the Oklahoma City community.
“Back in the early ‘90s when I graduated from Oklahoma State University, none of my friends were staying in Oklahoma,” Hodges said. “How Oklahoma City has changed over the past 15 years is just remarkable. It’s thriving. It’s vibrant. It’s exciting. Now when my friends come here they say, ‘You know, we never thought Oklahoma City could be like this.’”
Prior to statehood in 1898, the Sisters of St. Francis established St. Anthony’s hospital in Oklahoma City, and by 1899, St. Anthony Hospital moved to what was then the suburbs of Oklahoma City at Northwest 10th Street and North Lee Avenue – where the hospital is still located today. Since that time, St. Anthony has introduced many medical advancements and “firsts” to Oklahoma. In the late 1980s, the hospital became part of SSM Health, a Catholic health system with healing ministries across four states. Additionally, in Oklahoma, St. Anthony also operates a rural health network of 16 rural hospitals.