OU Health Announces Chief Operations Officer

OU Health Announces Chief Operations Officer

Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY -- OU Health, Oklahoma’s only integrated, comprehensive academic health system, has named Jonathan W. Curtright, MBA, MHA, chief operations officer.

Curtright comes to Oklahoma from MU Health Care, the University of Missouri’s academic health system, where he has served as CEO since 2017. His executive experience in healthcare spans more than 25 years and includes leadership roles at Indiana University Health, UK Healthcare and Mayo Clinic. He will be onsite in Oklahoma City in August.

“Jonathan brings to OU Health a wealth of experience in academic healthcare and has a successful track record of operational excellence, strategic growth, health system transformations and employee engagement. He is uniquely qualified to step into this important role at OU Health as we focus on integrating our organization in order to bring the best outcome and experience to our patients” said Richard Lofgren, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of OU Health.

Curtright joins OU Health as a member of the executive team and will have operational and business oversight of OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Health Edmond Medical Center.

Curtright has worked in accelerated leadership roles over the course of his career. He has extensive leadership experience across the entire continuum of care, including outpatient, inpatient, procedural, imaging, regional and outreach practice, support services, post-acute care, research and education. While at MU Health Care, he strategically grew the health system, transformed clinical performance, planned and launched the development of a new children’s hospital, deepened employee engagement and cemented an Alliance for Precision Health with Siemens Healthineers.

Curtright earned master’s degrees in both business and healthcare administration and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Missouri.

“The work already underway at OU Health is both exciting and transformative for healthcare in the state of Oklahoma and the region,” said Curtright. “I am tremendously excited to be a part of Dr. Lofgren’s vision of bringing a highly integrated, high performing academic healthcare system to the citizens of the region and am looking forward to joining the Oklahoma community.”
Curtright and his wife, Lori, will relocate to Oklahoma City. They have four adult children.


OU Health is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system of hospitals, clinics and centers of excellence. The flagship academic healthcare system is the clinical partner of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, one of the most comprehensive academic and research campuses in the country. With 10,000 employees and more than 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, OU Health is home to Oklahoma’s largest doctor network with a complete range of specialty care. OU Health serves Oklahoma and the region with the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital, the only National Cancer Institute-Designated OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center and Oklahoma’s flagship hospital, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health was named one of the Top 50 Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent rankings. OU Health’s mission is to lead healthcare in patient care, education and research. To learn more, visit ouhealth.com.