Construction begins on Nowata clinic

Artist rendering of the Nowata Primary Health Center
Artist rendering of the Nowata Primary Health Center
By Will Chavez
Staff Writer

NOWATA, Okla. - Construction began in late July for the new Cherokee Nation Nowata Health Care Center. The 25,000-square-foot building is scheduled for completion in March 2007.

A radiology department, drive-up pharmacy and behavioral health services will be new services provided by the clinic which currently includes outpatient medical, ublic health nursing, laboratory services, a pharmacy; a Women, Infants and Children Program; community health representatives and contract care.

"Services that we send our patients to local health care providers to receive will now be performed in-house. This will save the clinic and the patient significant time and expense," Nowata Primary Health Clinic Director Myron Taylor said.

Existing clinic services will continue uninterrupted while the new clinic is being constructed, Taylor said. The new clinic is being constructed at the site of the current Nowata Clinic at 202 Galer Road.

CN Health Services Group Leader Melissa Gower said the cost for the facility will be nearly $6 million.

"Consideration to both the Cherokee culture and the history of Nowata is included in the clinic's overall design. The finished interior of the clinic will feature Terrazzo flooring, and we will be providing ergonomic furniture to enhance safety and efficiency," she said.

Cherokee Nation operates six primary care health facilities and two satellite clinics within the 14-county jurisdiction.

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