Cherokee Nation places final beam on W.W. Hastings Expansion

March 6, 2018

(L to R) Cherokee Nation Health Services Sr. Director of Ambulatory Services Rhonda Cochran and Acting Health Services Executive Director Dr. Charles Grim sign the beam that will be placed at Friday's topping out ceremony.(L to R) Cherokee Nation Health Services Sr. Director of Ambulatory Services Rhonda Cochran and Acting Health Services Executive Director Dr. Charles Grim sign the beam that will be placed at Friday's topping out ceremony.

New facility will be the largest tribal health center in the nation

WHAT:
W.W. Hastings Expansion topping out ceremony

WHEN:
Friday, March 9 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:
19600 E. Ross St.
Tahlequah

WHO:
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Acting Health Services Executive Director Dr. Charles Grim
Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton
Acting Dep. Director for Quality Health Care Jonathan Merrell, Indian Health Service-Maryland
Acting Area Director Capt. Travis Watts, Indian Health Service-Oklahoma City
Flintco Central Region President Dave Kollmann

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Friday the final steel beam will be put into place on the Cherokee Nation’s new 469,000-square-foot outpatient health facility in Tahlequah.

Cherokee Nation leaders and W.W. Hastings employees will sign their names on the beam during the topping out ceremony to signify the completion of the interior shell of what will be the largest tribal health facility in the country.

The tribe broke ground a year ago, and the facility is set to open in 2019.

The outpatient health facility will use natural light, wood and stone and has a traditional, east-facing entrance. Abstract floor patterns will represent traditional woven basket reed. The project has been certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building for cost saving and energy efficiency.

The four-story facility is the largest Indian Health Service joint venture project in the country. It will offer patients access to more than 240 exam rooms, a new ambulatory surgery center and new specialty services. Construction of the facility is managed by Flintco and Cherokee Nation Businesses and the design is by Childers Architects.

When W.W. Hastings Hospital was built in 1986, it was designed for 60,000 patient visits per year. Last year, the hospital had more than 421,000 patient visits and 924 babies born.