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June 26, 2014

Center opens with a reminder

NORMAN — In dramatic fashion the need for health care was demonstrated just minutes before a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the Chickasaw Nation’s new Sovereign Medical Clinic, 2080 State Highway 9 West.

Scores of attendees witnessed a loud and damaging two vehicle collision approximately 30 yards from where they were assembled. Without hesitation a dozen Chickasaw dignitaries, employees and clinic medical personnel rushed to the far side of the highway to render assistance. Police already on site helped a driver from her automobile and she was quickly evacuated by ambulance.

With that calamity fresh in mind, all reconvened for Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby’s remarks about the nation’s newest comprehensive medical and urgent care clinic, pharmacy and gift shop. It’s less than a mile west of the nation’s Riverwind Casino. The 14,000 square foot clinic is expected to employ 30 people. It will service anyone with or without tribal affiliation who is in need of medical care starting June 29.

The clinic will offer more

tangible evidence of the Chickasaw commitment to Oklahoma’s economy. Tribal records boast of a $2.4 billion positive impact in the state in 2011. Their employment numbers rank right up with Federal government jobs in Oklahoma, weighing in at seventh largest with nearly 13,000 on their payroll.

Gathered under white tents for Anoatubby’s dedication were tribal legislators, employees and elders.

“This new clinic is important to the Chickasaw nation as well as the surrounding community,” he said. “It’s an exciting day because health care is one of the top priorities for our nation.”

Anoatubby observed that the new clinic isn’t just for Chickasaw folks; it’s to serve the general public as well. The Norman facility is in addition to one in Ada that saw more than 7,000 patients last year as well as filling around 28,000 prescriptions.

“Just like in Ada, this new one will focus on primary and preventive care for the northern portion of the Chickasaw nation,” Anoatubby said. “Services include family practice, urgent care, on-site lab and radiology abilities, full service pharmacy with drive-through, thirteen exam rooms and a procedure room.”

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