Cherokee Nation breaking ground on new 469,000-square-foot health facility expansion

February 15, 2017

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WHAT:
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new 469,000-square-foot health facility expansion at Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital

WHEN:
Friday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:
100 S. Bliss Ave. Tahlequah
Parking and shuttle available at First Baptist Church, 201 Commercial Road

WHO:
Principal Chief Bill John Baker Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis
Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton
Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks, acting deputy director of field operations for IHS

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation will break ground Friday on the tribe’s new 469,000-square-foot health facility being built at the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah.

Construction of the four-story facility starts this month and is expected to be complete in 2019.

The facility is the result of the largest joint venture agreement ever between a tribe and the federal government. Upon completion, the outpatient facility will be the largest Indian Health Service-funded facility in the country offering expanded services.

When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in Tahlequah in 1986, it was built to accommodate 100,000 patient visits per year. In 2016, Hastings had nearly 400,000 patient visits. The new facility will nearly triple the space for outpatient services currently housed at Hastings Hospital.