Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Expanded Health Center Opens

The Cherokee Nation opened its new $10.7 million Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw on Monday. At the ribbon cutting, above, are (from left to right) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Frankie Hargis, Dental Director Dr. Stephen Jones, CNCR Executive General Manager Cheryl Cohenour, Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis, Health Services Deputy Executive Director Dr. Charles Grim, Tribal Councilors David Thornton and Joe Byrd, Cherokee Spiritual Leader Crosslin Smith, Health Services Executive Medical Director Dr. Roger Montgomery, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Janelle Fullbright, Secrectary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Little Cherokee Ambassador Ashlin Sutton, CNB Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett, Little Cherokee Ambassador Chase Lowrey, Treasurer Lacey Horn, Little Cherokee Ambassador Lauryn McCoy and Jr. Miss Cherokee Chelbie Turner.

The 30,000-square-foot expansion doubles the size of the existing health center. The annex features a new physical therapy department, mammography and drive-thru pharmacy, as well as a built-in community safe room.

The new annex features paintings from Sequoyah County natives, mother and son, Mary Adair and Daniel HorseChief, as well as Jeff Edwards, Marion Goodwin and Raymond Bolin.

The tribe completed a $4 million renovation of Redbird Smith Health Center's main building last year, adding dental space, a new fitness room, six rooms that double as storm shelters and a large community room available for rent by the public for $75.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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