(L to R) Oklahoma Nurses Association 2016-18 President Dr. Joyce A. Van Nostrand, Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee Health Center Clinic Administrator and ONA Region II President Elect Brandi Payton, Cooweescoowee Health Center Ambulatory Care Nurse Manager Brandy Goodwin, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis and ONA 2014-16 President Dr. Joe Catalano.
Published October 29, 2016
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation recently received the Excellence in the Workplace award from the Oklahoma Nurses Association.
Connie Davis, executive director for Cherokee Nation Health Services, Cooweescoowee Health Center Clinic Administrator Brandi Payton and Ambulatory Care Nurse Manager Brandy Goodwin accepted the award at an Oct. 20 luncheon in Tulsa during the ONA annual convention.
“The Cherokee Nation strives to provide our citizens with the best, most comprehensive health care possible, and that is all due to our excellent health services leadership and highly talented staff,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “I congratulate our staff on receiving this esteemed award from the Oklahoma Nurses Association and thank them for their dedicated service to improving the health of our people.”
The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribally operated health care system in the country, with eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. The nine tribal health facilities received more than one million patient visits in fiscal year 2015.
In addition to the nine health facilities, Cherokee Nation Health Services provides several other services and programs, including emergency medical services, diabetes prevention program, healthy nation program, cancer prevention program, behavioral health program, the Jack Brown Center for youth and Cherokee Elder Care.
“Our health care staff takes great pride in the standard of care we provide at our facilities and through our programs,” Davis said. “The tribe’s health care services have become a standard-bearer for Indian Country, and that is due in large part to the staff’s dedication. This award affirms that commitment to excellence, and I commend our staff for striving to be the best and making our tribe’s health care services the best in Indian Country.”
For more information on Cherokee Nation Health Services, visit www.cherokee.org/services/health.