Cherokee Nation Announces Major Partnership with Indian Health Service

W.W. Hastings Hospital

W.W. Hastings Hospital

Millions of dollars being added to expansion of W.W. Hastings Medical Campus

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – The Cherokee Nation will announce a major partnership with Indian Health Service Thursday morning, furthering the tribe’s commitment to providing the highest quality health care to Cherokees and all Native Americans in northeast Oklahoma. The partnership with IHS will add millions to the tribe’s planned expansion of the W.W. Hastings Medical Campus.

“This will go down as one of the greatest days in the history of the modern Cherokee Nation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Our partnership with IHS will improve the health outcomes of Cherokees for the next two to three generations and beyond. It’s a proud, proud day in the Cherokee Nation.”

Less than two years ago, the Cherokee Nation unveiled a plan to invest $100 million in casino profits into new construction or expansion of four health centers and a new medical campus at W.W. Hastings Hospital. New or expanded Cherokee Nation health centers in Sallisaw, Stilwell, Jay and Ochelata are all scheduled to open by late spring.

IHS announced in a blog post on Tuesday that seven finalists out of 37 applicant tribes had been selected for Joint Venture Construction Project agreements with the agency. The Cherokee Nation was notified late last year it was in consideration for the final round.

Joint Venture Construction Project agreements with IHS allow tribes that commit to building health care infrastructure to receive millions in federal funding for health care, over the course of several decades.

Full details will be announced at 10 a.m. Thursday at a news conference on the W.W. Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States. The Cherokee Nation services more than 1 million patient visits every year and has more than 130,000 active charts.

Click here to read the director of Indian Health Service’s latest blog post.


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