The Cherokee Nation is in the midst of a 100 million expansion of health care facilities, which includes new construction or expansion of four health centers.
Ive promised to deliver better health care to our constituents, and this is one more way Im delivering on that promise, said Jodie Fishinghawk, Tribal Council district 8 and chair of the executive finance committee.In addition to radiology equipment like mammography and ultrasound machines, the.5 million will also purchase dental equipment, wheelchairs, defibrillators and more.Cherokee Nation - All Rights Reserved.The capital projects are being funded completely by profits from Cherokee Nation Entertainment, the tribes gaming and hospitality arm.The additional monies will be directed to health equipment and supplies, like mammography.Our current space is perfectly fine for conducting the business of the Cherokee people, particularly when there are greater needs elsewhere, said Joe Byrd, Tribal Council district.A new hospital is also planned for Tahlequah and is slated for construction later this year.While a new council house is needed eventually, the greater and more important need is to serve the health concerns of the Cherokee people.Thats whats most important and why we were elected.Instead of moving forward with a new building, the council will continue to conduct business in their temporary space inside the Cherokee Nations main tribal complex.These milf skiter gömda new clinics and the new equipment will mean so much to the health and quality of life of our Cherokee people, said Curtis Snell, Tribal Council district.The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council voted to redirect.5 million from the Tribal Council House building fund to the Health Services supplies budget during Thursdays executive finance committee meeting.The cost to remediate and repair the aging building would have exceeded the cost of a new building.Im so pleased that Cherokees in District 9 and across all districts of the Cherokee Nation will benefit from this budget reallocation, which was the right thing.By redirecting these funds, we can actually save the lives of Cherokee people.Our priority is improving the lives and health of the Cherokee people, and thats far more important than a new council house at this time.The measure now moves to vote of the full Tribal Council on May.We have several new health facilities opening over the next year, and our citizens deserve the best equipment to go along with them, said Tina Glory-Jordan, speaker of the Tribal Council.This new equipment will screen for deadly diseases and help treat serious health conditions, said Janelle Fullbright, Tribal Council district.The Tribal Council House, believed to have been built in the late 1960s or early 1970s, was closed last year after extensive mold was discovered.
As our clinics expand, this equipment will be critical in delivering the care our citizens deserve.
Construction is currently underway on those health centers, located in Jay, Ochelata, Sallisaw and Stilwell.
Cherokee Nation News Release, for Media Inquiries: Julie Hubbard, for General Information.