New Hospital for Chickasaw Nation

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

A countdown to the future of Native American health care in southeastern Oklahoma as soon a plot of land south of Ada will be transformed into a state of the art hospital.

"I think the exciting for us is that the new facility will give our providers tools to provide even better patient care," says hospital administrator Bill Lance.

The 148 million dollar 72-bed Carl Albert Indian Health Facility will replace the current hospital, which is currently serving ten times the amount of people it was originally set to accommodate. In 2005 alone, the Carl Albert hospital in Ada served more than 238,400 patients.

"This will open up a lot of doors for us for new services as well as doing to new service that we already have," says Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Governor Bill Anoatubby along with leaders from the Chickasaw Nation...Pontotoc County and the State of Oklahoma broke ground on the new facility on Friday and it was a combined effort from everyone in attendance that made a new hospital possible.

"Bill Lance...the hospital administrator, the Lt Governor and many others all these pieces had to come together so we can be to this point," says Anoatubby.

The new facility was also made possible thanks to millions of dollars in additional annual funding under the Indian Health Service Joint Venture program and hospital administrator Bill Lance says its important to bring in other nations as well because Chickasaws won't be the only ones being served.

"We had partners that really embraced this project that really saw that this facility was going to be able to uplift and provide a higher standard of care to the Native Americans we are responsible for both in quality and in volume," says Lance.

Officials say construction should be completed by the beginning of 2010 and once completed, will feature everything from a diabetes care center to a diagnostic imaging center.

"They already provide a great level of care with the tools that they have so we give them these tools and they are going to greatly benefit our Native American population that we serve," says Lance.

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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Nov 14, 2007 at 09:12 AM
    I wonder if they will put any slot machines in the new hospital? Maybe a bingo room or a poker table.
  • by proud texan Location: denison on Nov 12, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    For A.Wilkins don't lose hope the hospital is still in the planning stage and expected to break ground spring of 2008.
  • by Karyn Location: Kingston on Nov 12, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    For:MD Williams in Ada - NO it isn't "a shame" it only serves the Native Americans. What a BLESSING for the Native Americans! Carl Albert serves more than the "community" it serves all of the Chickasaw Nation - and the Native Americans who live in it.
  • by md williams Location: ada on Nov 12, 2007 at 07:14 AM
    It's nice the Native Americans have a place to go for their medical needs. It's a shame it only serves Native Americans and not the whole community.
  • by A.Wilkins Location: Denison on Nov 11, 2007 at 09:55 PM
    TMC....why havent you broke ground?
  • by A.Wilkins Location: Denison on Nov 11, 2007 at 09:52 PM
    What happened to our hospital here in Denison? Wan't the facility to have broken ground this past Summer just south of the new Cigna office? KXII needs to investigate...
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