Sallisaw Dialysis Center now treating patients
Sallisaw Dialysis Center Director and nephrologist Dr. James Madison visits with the center’s first patient, Tom Reed, in March. The Sequoyah County-based center is a partnership between Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah City Hospital and DaVita Dialysis. COURTESY PHOTO
The new Sallisaw Dialysis Center in Sequoyah County opened and served its first patient in March. The center, located next to the Cherokee Nation’s Redbird Smith Health Center, is a partnership between Tahlequah City Hospital, DaVita Dialysis and the CN. COURTESY PHOTO
SALLISAW, Okla. – The Sallisaw Dialysis Center opened and served its first patient in March thanks to a partnership between the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah City Hospital and DaVita Dialysis.
Dialysis services are available for both Native American and non-Native patients, and the center allows for area patients to travel less when needing dialysis.
Tom Reed, the center’s first patient, said having the center in Sallisaw is more convenient for him.
“I used to have to drive one and a half hours, each way, twice a week for treatments,” he said.
Nephrologist Dr. James Madison, who is also the center’s director, stated in a TCH press release that there is evidence showing that patients who travel less for treatment have better outcomes.
“I have 18 to 20 patients who travel for dialysis,” he said. “This new location will have a tremendous impact on their well-being.”
Connie Davis, CN Health Services executive director, said the partnering groups hoped to have a grand opening for the facility in April. She said she agreed with Madison that having the facility is a benefit to the patients and the Sallisaw community.
“That community’s dialysis patients can be seen in their own community whereas they were driving to Stilwell, Fort Smith and I believe Poteau for dialysis services,” she said.
The dialysis center is located next to the tribe’s Redbird Smith Health Center. According to TCH officials, the Tahlequah Hospital Foundation built the center and DaVita Dialysis operates it. Physicians of the Tahlequah Medical Group, Madison and Dr. Kinya Kamau provide patient care.
Madison said it is through these partnerships that patients are able to receive excellent and convenient care.
“We are able to offer services to help curb the health burden of those living in northeastern Oklahoma,” he said. “There are 35 million Americans who suffer from chronic kidney disorders. I am proud to partner with the Cherokee Nation, who has a vision to address these health issues.”
The land used to build the facility is owned by the CN. The tribe leases the land to TCH.
The CN and TCH broke ground on the facility in November 2010. Tribal Councilor Janelle Fullbright of Sallisaw said at that time that the center was one of the reasons she ran for council.
“This is greatly needed and I am so excited to be here today,” she said. “This is a dream come true.”
At the groundbreaking, fellow Tribal Councilor David Thornton of Vian said he had friends who traveled far from home to receive dialysis and was happy the tribe was doing something to ease that burden.
“None of them are here with us today. I watched them have to travel long distances and it was a hardship on them and their families for them to receive the care they needed. I am glad we are now able to provide this service to others,” he said.
The facility, which was designed by Ambler Architects and built by Bolt Construction, can serve 60 patients. Estimates show that more than 90 percent of those patients will be Cherokee.
ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏅᎾᎨᏴ ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎸᎭ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏅᏱ ᏥᎧᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᏤ ᏚᎾᎵᎪᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᏓᎵᏆ ᏗᎦᏚᎲ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᎴ DaVita ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗᎢ.
ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎤᎵᏍᏚᎢᏌ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎯᏯ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᏧᏂᏢᎦ, ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᏢᎦ ᎦᏲᏟᎨ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎦ ᎩᎦ ᎨᎬᎫᏍᏔᏁᏗᎢ.
Tom Reed, ᎠᏰᏟ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᏓᏂᎳ ᎤᎷᏨᎢ, ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏃᏢᏒ ᏌᏢᎾᎨᏴ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎠᎩᎩᏌᏓ ᎨᏒ ᏯᏊᎾ ᏑᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏩᏥ ᎤᏪᏅᏍᏗ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎨᎳ ᏫᏥᎷᎬ ᏌᏆᎦᏘ, ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏒᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Nephrologist Dr. James Madison, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᏟ ᏄᎬᏩᏳᏌᏕᎦ, ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ TCH ᏧᏂᎴᏴᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏅᎯᏯ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎨᏒ ᎩᎦ ᏳᏅᎫᏍᏓᎾ ᏳᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᏓᏤᏢ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ.
“ᏁᎳᏚ ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏍᎪᎢᏴ ᎾᏂᎪ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏴ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎩᎦ ᎨᎬᎫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ. ᎯᎢᏃ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏳᏅᏁᎯ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ.”
Connie Davis, ᎡᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏙᎯ ᎥᏰᎸ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎧᏁᏥᏙ, ᎤᏛᏅ ᏗᎵᎪᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎤᏚᎩ ᎣᎬᎭ ᏦᎩᏃᏣᎶᏗ ᎠᎵᏍᏚᎢᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏬᏂ ᎧᎴᏍᏗ. ᎤᏛᏅᏃ ᎠᎪᎢᏓᏁᎲ Madison ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᏅ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.
“ᎾᏍᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ, ᎤᏪᏔ ᏗᏐᏴ ᎠᎴ ᎨᎵᎠ Poteau ᎾᎿ ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Ꮎ ᎩᎦ ᎤᏅᎫᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎤᏙᏢᏅᎢ ᎾᎥ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ Redbird Smith ᏙᎯ ᎥᏰᎸ ᎠᏰᏟ. ᏓᎾᏓᏙᎵᏤᎲ ᎾᎿ TCH ᎠᎾᏓᏅᏖᎵᏙ, ᏓᎵᏆ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ Foundation ᎤᏬᏢᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏰᏟ ᎠᎴ DaVita ᎩᎦ ᎠᏅᎫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗᏓ.
ᎠᏂᎦᎾᎦᏘ ᏓᎵᏆ Medical ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎩ, Madison ᎠᎴ Dr.Kinya Kamau ᎤᎾᏁᏢᎾ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏓᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ.
Madison ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᏗᎵᎪᏗ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎪ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ ᎨᏐ ᏄᏓᎴᏒᏊ.
“ᎡᎵᏆᏃ ᏃᏣᏛᏁᎰ ᏙᏥᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏚᎾᏓᏂᎸ ᎠᏂᏰᎸ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎵᏙᎲ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ ᎠᏁᎯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᏍᎪᎯᏍᎩ ᏳᏆᏗᏅᏓ ᎠᎹᏱᏟ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎯᎠ ᏚᏂᏢᎦ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏓᎵᎢ. ᎣᏏ ᎠᎩᏱᎵ ᏙᏣᎵᎪᎲᏍᎬ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏓᎾᎧᏂᏍᎪ ᎯᎠ ᎥᏳᎩ ᎠᏱᎵᏙᎲᎢ.”
ᎯᎠ ᎦᏙᎯ ᏥᏛᏗ ᎢᎪᏢᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏤᎵᎪᎯ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏓᏙᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪ ᎦᏙ TCH.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ TCH ᎤᏂᏲᏍᏔᏅ ᎦᏙ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏅᏓᏕᏆ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ. ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ Janelle Fullbright ᏌᎷᎾᎨᏴ ᎡᎯ ᎤᏛᏅ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎬ ᏏᏊ ᎤᏙᎩᏴ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ ᎤᏰᎸᏗ.
“ᎯᎢᎾ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎧᏂᎬᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎣᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏔ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏥᎨᏙᎭ,” ᎯᎢᎾ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎣᏣᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᏃᏊᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ.”
ᎾᎿ ᎦᏓ ᏧᏂᏲᏍᏔᏅ, ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏗᎦᎳᏫᎦ David Thornton ᏧᏙᎩᏓ ᏓᏄᎪ ᎡᎯ ᎤᏛᏅ ᎤᎾᎵ ᎡᎮ ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎨ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎩᎦ ᎠᎬᎫᏍᏓᏅᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᎨ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏛᏁᎸ ᎠᎯᏗᎨ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᏎᎵᏙᎲ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᏝᏃ ᏯᏁᏙᎭ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ. ᎦᏥᎦᏙᏍᏔᎾ ᎤᏓᏅᎯᏓ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᏎᎲ ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏓᏘᎿᎥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎤᏂᏂᎬᎬᎢ. ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ ᏃᏊ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᎠᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ Amber Architects ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏁᏍᎨᏓ Bolt Construction, ᎡᎵᏊ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪᎯ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎵᏓ ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏪᏅᏓ. ᎤᎾᏎᎸᏃ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᏐᏁᎳᏍᎪ percent ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ.