Cherokee Nation’s $100M Campaign Widens Healthcare Network

The Cherokee Nation is committed to providing quality health care services to the people of Oklahoma.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Redbird Smith Health Center

In the latest milestone of its $100 million campaign to improve healthcare services, the Cherokee Nation recently unveiled a 30,000-square-foot annex at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw.
The $10.7 million expansion doubles the facility’s size and provides a new physical therapy department, mammography services, drive-through pharmacy and community safe room.

Cherokee Nation officials said they expect 145,000 patient visits at the expanded center this year, an increase of 25,000 compared to 2014.

“The Redbird Smith Health Center expansion was sorely needed as our employees and patients were dealing with cramped conditions,” said Tribal Council Speaker Janelle Fullbright in the statement. “This new state-of-the-art addition rectifies those issues, plus adds new, essential services to the thousands of people who rely on the Cherokee Nation health care system, while also showcasing the region’s history and spirit through the art work of Sequoyah County artists displayed throughout the health center,” she added.

Designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, the annex is the second project to be completed under the $100 million capital plan, which directs proceeds from the tribe’s casinos to healthcare projects. Cherokee Nation recently opened a health center in Ochelata, and a third facility is scheduled to open in Jay later this month.

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