New medical center opens soon

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby adresses a large audience at a dedication ceremony for the new Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Monday.

Officials held a dedication ceremony Monday for the new Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada that is set to open in less than two weeks.

The 370,000 square-foot state-of-the-art health care facility is almost triple the size of the Carl Albert Indian Health Facility.  Features include a 72-bed hospital, level three emergency department, ambulatory care facility, diabetes care center, dental clinic, diagnostic imaging center, women’s health center, administrative offices, and tribal health programs, as well as a centrally located “town center” bridging the centers of patient care.

“This facility will enable us to better meet the needs of Chickasaws and other Native Americans,” said Bill Anoatubby, governor of the Chickasaw Nation. “When we ask Chickasaws about their priorities, health care is at the top of the list.  This medical center is designed and equipped to empower our staff to offer the highest level of health care.”

Unique to the new medical center is the region’s only 256 slice CAT scan, which will enable health care providers to detect blockage in the heart early and prevent patients from undergoing an invasive cardiac procedure. The imaging department will also provide mammography, ultrasound, bone scan, CT scan and MRI services.

“Technology is the cornerstone of this new facility.  We have all of the latest digital technologies available for patient care,” said Bill Lance, division administrator for commerce and former division administrator for health.

Over time, the $145 million medical center will add about 300 new jobs to the Ada area, including doctors, nurses and support staff, thanks to a joint venture partnership with Indian Health Service. Awarded in 2007, the grant enables the Chickasaw Nation Division of Health to fully staff the new 230-acre campus.

Gov. Anoatubby said the joint venture program will provide a great return on the tribe’s investment.

The transition into the new facility will take place in late July. Patients with appointments scheduled after July 31 will be seen at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. This location change is only for clinics located on the Carl Albert Indian Health Facility campus, including Family Practice.  Appointments at Chickasaw Nation satellite clinics in Purcell, Durant, Ardmore and Tishomingo will not change.

In addition, if patients utilize the Pharmacy Refill Center to pick up prescriptions, they will begin picking up medications at the new Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Pharmacy after July 30. The Pharmacy Refill Center will not be open to the public after this date. Also, MAPS prescriptions can only be filled Monday-Friday.  Patients should phone in all prescriptions 24 hours in advance.

Patients residing within the Chickasaw Nation can also have their prescriptions delivered through Transportation Services Program. The program provides medical transportation and requires 24-hour advance notice (72-hour notice for out-of-service area appointments).  Appointments can be made between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. by calling (580) 310-6435 or 1-800-492-2115.

All main phone numbers, as well as clinic listings will remain the same.

“Everything we do is central to the patient because we are here to serve the patients,” Parker said.  “We are here to make their lives better by improving their helath and this new facility will help us achieve that goal.”

For additional information about the facility move, phone (580) 421-4556 or visit www.chickasaw.net/chickasawnationmedicalcenter.

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