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Tribe expanding Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell

Cherokee Nation adds 28,000 square feet to existing health center

WHAT:            Groundbreaking for expansion of the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center

WHEN:            Friday, February 28, 1 p.m.

WHERE:          East Highway 51 from Stilwell

WHO:               Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

                         Shawn Slaton, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses

                         Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors

                         Cheryl Cohenour, Executive GM of Cherokee Nation Construction Resources

                         Connie Davis, Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Health Services


STILWELL, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is breaking ground on an expansion project that will add 28,000 square feet to the existing Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell.

This is the fourth of five health care infrastructure projects for which tribal officials announced it would invest $100 million of its casino profits.

Cherokee Nation’s Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center opened in 1995 and is currently housed in a 36,000-square-foot facility. In 2012, the center supported more than 134,000 patient visits.

The health center offers a variety of services, including primary care, pediatrics, physical therapy, mammography, dental, optometry, radiology, behavioral health, public health nursing, pharmacy with mail order, laboratory, nutrition, WIC, contract health and diabetes care.

The center is located just east of Stilwell on Highway 51.

Other projects in the health care investment plan include new health centers underway in Jay and Ochelata and expansions in Sallisaw and Stilwell. The plan also includes a new hospital in Tahlequah, with construction expected to begin later this year.

Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States.