Cherokee Nation hosting grand opening for new health center

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/13/2019 10:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee Nation’s 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. It is set to open on Nov. 14. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the tribe’s outpatient health center, which will be the largest tribal outpatient health center in the country, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 at 19600 E. Ross St.

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 features of the state-of-the-art health facility. More than 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 CN 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.

The CN operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.3 million patient visits per year.

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