New 42,000-square-foot health center replaces aging structure
JAY, OKLAHOMA – Cherokee Nation is breaking ground on a new health center in Jay. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing Sam Hider Health Center that opened nearly three decades ago. The existing facility is only 26,000 square feet.
The new health center will be constructed to accommodate a range of health services, including primary care, dental, optometry, radiology, behavioral health, public health nursing, pharmacy with mail order, laboratory, nutrition, WIC, contract health and diabetes care.
The new facility will be located at Hwy 59 and East Melton Road in Jay.
This is the third of four health centers slated for expansion or renovation, thanks to a $100 million investment into the tribe’s health system by Cherokee Nation Businesses. That investment also includes a new hospital in Tahlequah, with construction expected to start later this year.
Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States.
WHAT: Groundbreaking for the new Sam Hider Health Center
WHEN: Monday, January 27, 11 am – CST
WHERE: 859 East Melton Drive, Jay, Okla.
WHO: Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors
Cheryl Cohenour, Executive GM of Cherokee Nation Construction Resources
Connie Davis, Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Health Services
Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses