Hastings expansion topping out ceremony set for Friday
TAHLEQUAH – The final steel beam will be put into place on the Cherokee Nation’s 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility that’s under construction during a topping out ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday at 19600 E. Ross St.
According to a press release, Cherokee Nation leaders and W.W. Hastings employees will sign the beam to signify the completion of the interior shell of what will be the largest tribal health facility in the country.
The tribe broke ground a year ago, and the facility is set to open in 2019, the release states.
It also states the outpatient health facility will use natural light, wood and stone and has a traditional, east-facing entrance. Abstract floor patterns will represent traditional woven basket reed, according to the release. It also states the project has been certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED building for cost saving and energy efficiency.
The four-story facility is the largest Indian Health Service joint venture project in the country, according to the release. It also states the facility will offer patients access to more than 240 exam rooms, a new ambulatory surgery center and new specialty services.
According to the release, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Flintco are managing the facility’s construction, and the design is by Childers Architects.
It also states that when W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in 1986, it was designed for 60,000 patient visits per year. In 2017, the hospital had more than 421,000 patient visits and 924 babies born, the release states.