“This is our most glorious clinic,” Baker said referring to the new 42,000-square-foot Sam Hider Health Center.
The $14 million state-of-the-art clinic, located north of Jay, features a basket weave design in the bricks on the building and in the sunshades surrounding the building. The new health center almost doubles the size of the former 27-year-old medical building located at 1015 Washbourne, which is 26,000 square feet.
“I believe we have the best health care in Indian Country,” Baker said. “We will soon have the best health care in the state of Oklahoma.”
The new Sam Hider Health Center is the fourth and final project completed under a $100 million health care capital improvement plan using casino profits.
Under a federal health care plan, the CN will receive $89 million yearly earmarked for health care, Baker said.
Baker also spoke of plans of a 459,000-square-foot expansion project for the W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah and for the tribe to have its own medical school.
“To grow our own Cherokee doctors to take care of our own Cherokee people,” Baker said as his voice cracked with emotion.
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Baker praised the Cherokee artwork, tools and historical Delaware County photographs that are displayed throughout the medical center.
Hoskin also honored Ella Cummings, Sam Hider’s daughter, who was in attendance.
The new Sam Hider Health Center also boasts a physical therapy department, something the previous Jay clinic did not have.
“We are in the process of recruiting a physical therapist,” Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis said.
Previously, patients requiring physical therapy were required to travel to Tahlequah.
“This will allow more mobility, and offer some wound care and pain management,” Davis said.
In addition, the new facility offers primary care, dental, optometry, radiology, behavioral health, public health nursing, pharmacy with mail order, laboratory, nutrition, WIC, contract health and diabetes care.
Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard also spoke, giving some history about the previous Jay health clinic and appreciation to the artists whose designs adorn the building.
“In the late (19)60s the clinic was located across the corner of the courthouse. Then in 1972 it was moved to what is now city hall, and in 1989 was relocated to the hospital and now to this beautiful building. With this facility and the addition of more providers and more medical staff this will greatly improve the service and help to improve the quality of health for our people,” Buzzard said. “As you will notice the design of the basket weave on the outside and art work through out the clinic were designed to show the culture of our Cherokee people. Just a reminder when you go through the clinic there will be many pictures of families from this area on display so you may just see your family or relatives. I do want to recognize a couple of local artists Sage Butler, Vickie Blackwood, Josie Jones and all of the other artist for their great work.”
In 2015, the previous Jay health center had more than 77,000 patient visits and issued nearly 154,000 prescriptions.
Also, CN opened a new health center in Ochelata and expanded health centers in Sallisaw and Stilwell in 2015.
ᏜᏱᎪ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎡᎵ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᏣᏘ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎳ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎢᏤ ᎥᏱᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᏃ ᎾᎿ 859 E. Melton Dr.
“ᎯᎠ ᏭᏬᏚᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾᎢ ᎨᏱᎸ ᏄᏛᎾᏕᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎮᏱᏗᎢ ᎠᏰᏟ.
ᎯᎠ ᏂᎦᏚ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎤᏬᏚᏨ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ, ᎾᎿ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏴᏢᎢᏗᏢ ᏜᏱᎪ, ᏂᎬᏅ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏔᎷᏣ ᎬᏅᎢ ᏂᏕᎬᎾ ᏗᎬᏓᏅᎢ ᏂᏕᎬᏅᏛ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏓᏓᏩᏛᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᏕᏯᏛ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴᏊ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏓ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎾᏃ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᏪᏘ ᏧᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏣᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ 1015 Washbourne, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ.
“ᎠᏉᎯᏳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏬᏌᏂᏴ ᎢᎦᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker. “ᎾᏞᎬ ᏕᎦᏓᏁᎴᏍᏗ ᏫᏩᏙᏌᏂᏴ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.”
ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏤ ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎮᏱᏗ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏅᎩᏁ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᎾᎢᎩ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏙᏅ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᏧᎾᏁᏍᏙᏗ ᏓᏤᏢ ᎢᏗᎬᏁᏗ ᎢᏛᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᏂᏆᏂᏲᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏉᏨᎢ ᎨᏒᎢ.
ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏩᏥᏂ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏄᏍᏗᏕᎬ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏧᏄᎪᏔᏅ Ꭴ.ᏁᏨᎢ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏓᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏁᎵᏍᎪᏐᏁᎳ ᎢᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎧᏁᏨᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏅᏙᏗ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker.
Baker ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏁᏍᏔᏅ ᏚᏄᎪᏛ ᎾᎿ 459,000-ᏅᎩ ᏧᏅᏏᏯ ᎢᏯᎳᏏᏓ ᎠᏔᏃᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ W.W ᎮᏍᏗᏂ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᎾᏤᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎵ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎬᏌ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Baker ᎠᎴ ᎤᎶᏒᏍᏗ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎬ ᏚᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Chuck Hoskin Jr. ᎠᎴ Baker ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏅ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᎬᎾ ᏙᏯᏗᏝ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎪᎯᎦ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎤᏅᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᏔᏅᏅ ᎠᏆᏅᎩᏱ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏚᏂᏝᎭ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ.
Hoskin ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏔᏅ Ella Cummings, ᏣᎾᏏᎾ ᏗᎦᏚᎾ ᎤᏪᏣ ᎠᎨᏯ, ᎾᎿ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏤ Sam Hider ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏢᎦ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏙᎯ ᎢᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏃᏢᎯ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎬᏁ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᏧᏃᏢᏒᎢ.
“ᏃᏊ ᎣᎩᏲᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᎯ,” ᎥᏱᎸ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏗᏕᎦ Executive Director Connie Davis ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏧᏩᎪᏔᏅᏒ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏓ ᏱᎩ ᏧᏂᏢᎦ ᎠᏎ ᏓᎵᏆ ᏭᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ᎯᎠ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᎮᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏐᏅᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏁᎯᏍᏓᏁ ᎢᎸᏢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Davis.
ᎧᏁᏉᏓ, ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏟᏍᏗ ᎢᎬᏛᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬ, ᏓᏂᏅᏙᎬ, ᏗᏂᎦᏙᎵ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ, ᏓᏂᎷᎬ ᏧᏂᏍᏨᎸᏗ, ᏅᏬᏘ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎦᏂᏙᎯ ᎬᏩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏅᏍᏗ, ᎤᎪᏛ ᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ, WIC, ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏅᏁᏗ ᎤᏣᏘᏂ ᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᎬᏩᏂᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᎤᏁᎯ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎸᏗ.
ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ Harley Buzzard ᎾᏍᏊ ᎤᏬᏂᏒ, ᎤᏃᎮᏢ ᎢᎦᏓ ᏅᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏜᏱᎪ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏲᏓᏂᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎵᎮᎵᏤᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯᏗᏢ ᏂᎬᏅ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ.
“ᎣᏂᎯᎨᏍᏗ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏥᎪᏢᏒ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏫᏒ ᎤᏅᏎᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏐᏁᎳᏗ ᎢᏍᎪᎯᏧᏈ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᏔᎵ ᎤᏂᎲᏒ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᏥᎩ ᎦᏚᎲ ᏄᏂᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎦ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏴᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏐᏁᎳᏚ ᏁᎵᏍᎪ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᏧᏂᎲᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏃᏊ ᎤᏬᏚᏨ ᎠᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎢᎪᏢᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᎦᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎧᏁᏉᏓ ᎤᎪᏛᏯᎾᏛᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎪᏛ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎪᏗᏓ ᏓᏤᏞᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᎪᏕᏍᏗ ᏓᏤᏞᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ,” ᎤᏛᏅ Buzzard. “ᎢᏤᎵᎢᏛ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯᏗᏝ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯ ᏔᎷᏣ ᎬᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏃᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᏂᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎦᏤᎵ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ. ᎠᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏳᎦᎶᏏ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏧᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏚᏂᏝᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᏨᎾ ᏱᎩ. ᎠᏆᏚᎵ ᎠᏔᎵᎭ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᏙᎥ Sage Butler, Vickie Blackwood, Josie Jones ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᏗᎾᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ.”
ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, Ꮎ ᏐᎢ ᏜᏱᎪ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏥᏚᏗᎲᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏚᏂᎪᎵᏱᎥ ᎦᎵᏆᏍᎪ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏅᏬᏘ ᏚᏂᏁᎸ 154,000 ᏚᏂᏁᎸᎢ.
ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏍᏚᎢᏒ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎾᎿ Ochelata ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏔᏃᎯᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᎠᎴ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎩᎦᏚ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒᎢ.