National Indian Health Board names Grim impact leader
Dr. Charles Grim
TAHLEQUAH – The National Indian Health Board honored Dr. Charles Grim, executive director of the Cherokee Nation’s Health Services, as an impact leader for the Oklahoma City area during a Sept. 19 awards banquet.
The Impact Award is health care professionals and organizations for their contributions to the health care of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Each year the board recognizes tribal health care efforts on both national and regional levels. Grim was one of 12 to be recognized regionally.
Grim, a CN citizen, is responsible for the largest tribal health care system in the country, including 2,400 employees and patient services at W.W. Hastings Hospital facility in Tahlequah and eight tribal health centers across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.
During his service to the CN, Grim has served in several leadership roles and has been instrumental in a number of projects, including, most recently, the 469,000-square-foot W.W. Hastings Hospital expansion, a joint venture project with the Indian Health Service.
“I consider it a great privilege to serve the Cherokee people and strive to lead a team that is not only focused on improving health care, but on enriching the lives of our people,” Grim said. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the National Indian Health Board, and I am certainly very grateful to Chief Baker and our administration for allowing me to serve the Cherokee people in this capacity.”
Prior to serving the CN, Grim was appointed as the director of Indian Health Service by President George W. Bush, and during his more than 25 years of service to IHS, he also served as an assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.