Saturday, May 30, 2015

Expanded Health Center Opens Monday

On Monday, June 1, the Cherokee Nation debuts its 30,000-square-foot annex, doubling the size of the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw. Above is the west entrance to the new expansion of the health center.

The $10.7 million expansion adds radiology and lab, pediatrics, more outpatient space, optometry and pharmacy with a drive-thru. The addition also features a built-in community safe room. 

In 2014, the health center saw nearly 117,000 patient visits and is expected to serve up to 145,000 patient visits with the new services and facility expansion.

The Redbird Smith Health Center annex is the second project completed under a $100  million health care capital improvement plan using casino profits. The Cherokee Nation recently opened a new health center in Ochelata. A brand-new health center in Jay and expansion in Stilwell both open next month. Tours of the new expansion will be open to the public following remarks from Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other tribal leaders. 

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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