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Cherokee Nation health center groundbreaking in Oklahoma

Jay, Okla. -- The Cherokee Nation is breaking ground on a new health center in Jay, Okla, Monday morning.
Jay, Okla. -- The Cherokee Nation is breaking ground on a new health center in Jay, Okla, Monday morning. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing Sam Hider Health Center that opened nearly 30 years ago. The existing facility is smaller -- about 26,000 square feet.

The new health center will be constructed to accommodate a range of health services, including primary care, dental, optometry, radiology, behavioral health, public health nursing, pharmacy with mail order, laboratory, nutrition, WIC, contract health and diabetes care.

The new facility will be located at 859 E. Melton Drive in Jay -- near the intersection of Highway 59 and East Melton Road.

This is the third of four health centers slated for expansion or renovation, thanks to a $100 million investment into the tribe’s health system by Cherokee Nation Businesses. That investment also includes a new hospital in Tahlequah, with construction expected to start later this year.

Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States. Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors, as well as executives from Cherokee Nation Businesses, will be present.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at 859 E. Melton Drive in Jay.

For more information, contact Whitney Pancoast, public relations coordinator for Cherokee Nation Businesses at Whitney.Pancoast@cn-bus.com or by calling 918-384-6714.

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