Cherokee Nation to open first phase of largest tribal outpatient facility in U.S.
A construction crew from Flintco-Cooper piece together the grand staircase in the main entrance of the Cherokee Nation’s outpatient health facility in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation’s new four-story, 469,000-square-foot outpatient health center will open its optometry, audiology, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health, radiology, lab and pharmacy services on Oct. 7.
Tribal officials will hold a ceremony marking the occasion at 11:30 a.m. at the facility’s east side entrance on the first floor. The center, located at 19600 N. Ross St, is the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country and is opening in phases in October.
“The Cherokee Nation is excited to open this beautiful new facility that allows us to serve more of our citizens, and offer more services than they ever had before,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “This facility is a real game changer that will improve our overall health system and is a huge investment in our local economy.”
The CN invested about $200 million of its general fund dollars into the facility’s construction and the purchase of equipment. Indian Health Service is funding $100 million per year in staffing and operating costs as part of the historic joint venture agreement with the tribe.
Hoskin is also expected to announce a major health initiative as part of his first 100 days in office.
The facility’s primary care, dental and resident clinic services will open to patients on Oct. 21, and a grand opening ceremony is being planned for Nov. 14.