ADA — The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Legislature approved General Resolution 23-032 during its monthly legislative meeting held Jan. 20, a resolution that granted $135 million to be used for the construction of a new Chickasaw Health Facility in Ada.

According to Robyn Elliot, spokesperson for the Chickasaw Nation, the new facility will be approximately 370,000 square feet, nearly triple the size of the 130,000 square foot Carl Albert Indian Health Facility currently being used.

"Current plans include a two-story, 70 bed hospital," Elliot said. "A level three emergency department, an ambulatory care facility, a pharmacy service center, a diagnostic imaging center and a women's health pavilion,will all be located on a single campus."

The site for the new hospital is just off of State Highway 3 on Stonecipher Blvd., across from where Oklahoma Blood Institute plans to construct its new facility.

Financing for the new hospital is coming from tribal funds.

"This new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to continue improving the level of health services for years to come," said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby. "We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the legislators who have worked alongside us and health service personnel and development staff who have helped develop those plans to dramatically increase the scope of health services available to Indian people in southern Oklahoma."

Chickasaw Legislator Beth Alexander sees the results from approving the resolution in a positive light.

"It's exciting because it means more room and it meets the needs of more people," Alexander said. "We'll have a bigger system and the lack of space won't slow us down.”

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