Cherokee Nation hosting grand opening for largest tribal outpatient health center in US

November 12, 2019

Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country.Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country.

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WHAT:
Cherokee Nation outpatient health center grand opening ceremony

WHEN:
Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:
19600 E. Ross St., first floor main lobby Tahlequah

WHO:
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Council of the Cherokee Nation
CNB Executive Chairman Bill John Baker
Indian Health Service Deputy Director Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan
Cherokee Nation Health Services Interim Executive Director Dr. Stephen Jones

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The 469,000-square-foot health facility features more than 240 exam rooms, two MRI machines, an ambulatory surgery center, 34 dental chairs, full service optometry and specialty health services.

The grand opening will also showcase many features of the state-of-the-art health facility. Over 600 pieces of Cherokee art and art-related items will be on display, including 64 items made by Cherokee National Treasures. An interactive experience on the third floor, near the pediatrics department, will teach children Cherokee words.

The Cherokee Nation invested about $200 million of its general fund dollars into the facility’s construction and purchase of equipment. IHS is funding $100 million per year in staffing and operating costs in a historic joint-venture agreement with the tribe.

During Thursday’s grand opening, a ribbon-cutting will be followed by a meal. The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.3 million patient visits per year.