Cherokee Nation hosting Construction Job Fair for New Outpatient Health Facility in Tahlequah

Concrete pumping begins on the construction site of the new Tahlequah outpatient health center near Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah at daybreak.

Published August 29, 2017

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation is working with Flintco and Cooper Construction to host a construction job fair for the new Cherokee Nation Outpatient Health Center at the W.W. Hastings Hospital campus on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The job fair will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the TsaLaGi Ballroom, located at 17793 S. Muskogee Ave. behind the Restaurant of the Cherokees in Tahlequah.

Subcontractors from all trades will be on hand to discuss the on-boarding process and take resumes for laborers, equipment operators, carpenters, electricians, plumbing, concrete, framers, finishers and HVAC. Attendees are asked to bring a resume and any industry certification.

“When this new facility is complete, it will be the largest tribal health center in the country,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “This world-class health center will open in 2019 and eventually create more than 800 permanent health care jobs. However, the construction project itself has created a need for hundreds more jobs across a variety of trades from bricklayers to carpenters to ironworkers. Our job fair will help address those imminent needs and likely be one of the largest job fairs Cherokee Nation has ever hosted in the Tahlequah area.”

The new four-story outpatient and primary care facility is being built next to the existing W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah and will be about 469,000 square feet. It is tentatively set for completion in 2019 and will include 180 exam rooms; access to an MRI machine; 10 new cardiac, lung and kidney specialists; and an ambulatory surgery center.

The original W.W. Hastings Hospital building will serve as the tribe’s in-patient hospital once the new facility is completed.

“There will be many exciting opportunities during this job fair, and we’re thrilled to be working with Cooper Construction and Flintco, the construction manager of this health facility project, to fill these needs,” Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley said. “If you work in the construction field, please bring your resume and copies of your industry certifications on Sept. 13 so we can connect you to the appropriate people.”

The new facility is the outcome of the largest Indian Health Service joint-venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. Cherokee Nation is paying for the $200 million construction of the health center, while IHS has agreed to pay an estimated $80 million or more per year for at least 20 years for staffing and operational costs.

The facility will feature five surgical suites and two endoscopy suites inside its ambulatory surgical center. It will house a specialty clinic and feature 33 dental chairs, six eye-exam rooms, three audiology-testing booths and diagnostic imagining. It also expands space for several other services such as rehabilitation services, behavioral health, a wellness center and more.

For more information on the job fair, call Brian Cooper of Cooper Construction at 918-864-7216 or Vernelle Chase-Taylor, Flintco’s director of tribal relations, at 505-377-0097.

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