Staff, administration and board members of the Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center welcomed community members, fellow Chamber of Commerce members, patients and residents to celebrate the recent expansion of the clinic during an open house reception Thursday, May 3.
Brooke Lattimore, chief operating officer for Health and Wellness Center clinics, said the 8,000-square-foot expansion doubled the clinic’s size to 16,000 total square feet, and will house behavioral health care and administrative offices for now.
“We moved some of our offices to the newer part, to make more room for patient care in the original building,” Lattimore said. “There’s also space for a pharmacy, which we hope to open by the end of the year with a drive-through.”
Guests meandered through the hallways to see patient rooms, a behavioral health care lobby and administrative offices before arriving in the conference room to enjoy light refreshments.
Lattimore told the crowd of more than 100 gathered to celebrate the expansion that with the behavioral health integration, now the clinic will be able to expand its reach of services.
“We have a team that looks at the whole person,” Lattimore said, adding that in addition to medical and behavioral health care, the clinic also offers obstetrics and women’s health care, pediatrics and substance abuse services.
Bryan Warner, director of Carl Albert State College’s Sallisaw campus and a Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor, said he arrived at the open house with great community pride.
“It’s not every day you have a facility like this in your own rural, Oklahoma town, but they’re expanding. That deserves another round of applause,” Warner said.
Sallisaw Public Schools Superintendent Scott Farmer also congratulated the clinic and lauded them as a great community partner, especially for students who need resources.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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