Cherokee Nation to break ground on Mankiller Health Center expansion

BY STAFF REPORTS
02/28/2020 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
An artist’s rendering of the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center expansion in Stilwell. The Cherokee Nation is expected to break ground on it at 1:30 p.m. on March 3. COURTESY
STILWELL – Cherokee Nation officials are expected to break ground at 1:30 p.m. on March 3 on an expansion project that will add 80,000 square feet to the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center. 

The two-story addition will expand the health center’s dental, optometry and pharmacy services. The addition will also allow room for future growth to the health center.   

The construction project includes the demolition of an original 37,000-square-foot portion of the facility that was built in 1994. The expansion will attach to the east wing of an existing facility that was added to the health center in 2015. 

Once completed in 2021, the health center will be approximately 110,000 square feet. 

The facility supports various services such as primary care, pediatrics, physical therapy, mammography, dental, optometry, radiology, behavioral health, public health nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, nutrition, WIC, contract health and diabetes care. 

In 2019, it saw more than 134,000 ambulatory care visits and filled nearly 200,000 prescriptions. 

The Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center is the third-largest of the tribally operated outpatient health centers and is named in honor of the late Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the CN.

Members of Mankiller’s family will be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony
The facility is located at 471688 State Highway 51.

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