To the crowd’s amusement, Anoatubby mentioned that Bedré chocolates are available in the gift shop. The confections are produced by a Chickasaw enterprise in Davis.
“That’s good chocolate,” he said. “Along with the health and well-being of our employees, economic development is important to us. They are integral to enhancing the overall quality of life for the Chickasaw people.”
Anoatubby related continuing economic advancement to increased progressive and innovative services for the nation. He held one index finger high and observed that some there may not know its meaning.
“Within our ranks we are one tribe and have one mission and that is to enhance the overall quality of life for our people,” Anoatubby said. “We are proud of the work that our staff and employees do and we strive to insure that everyone involved is appreciated and cared for by the Chickasaw nation.”
The Sovereign Medical clinic is an impressive structure inside and out. A stainless steel and natural stone exterior is attractively landscaped with variegated and red flowering yucca plants. The pleasant waiting room continues a southwest theme with dun colored chairs and soft recessed lighting. The festively decorated gift shop resembles the nearby casino’s with designer handbags, T-shirts, greeting cards, toys and candy.
Laboratory manager Staci Harris detailed various tests the clinic is capable of processing and the people they’re serving.
“Currently the majority of our patients have been Riverwind employees,” she said. “They are so happy for this facility to open because we are conveniently located for them.”
The casino employs approximately 1,000 and health care insurance is one of their benefits provided by the Chickasaw nation.
“Some of the Goldsby and Newcastle casino employees have come here as well,” Harris said.
She expects to serve residents of Norman, Lexington, Blanchard and Noble along with nearby rural areas.