Cherokee Nation Expands Health Center

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The Cherokee Nation is nearly doubling the size of the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw.

Officials broke ground on the expansion Monday (June 17).

The $11 million project adds 30,000 square feet to the center’s annex and renovates the existing 11,000 square feet. The annex is located behind the original health center, which is also under renovation, according to the Cherokee Nation.

It will create additional space for patient care and expand health services to tribal citizens, including dental and pediatrics. A drive-thru will also be added to the center’s in-house pharmacy.

The Cherokee Nation also plans to build new health centers in Jay and Ochelata and a new hospital in Tahlequah, as well as expand a center in Stilwell.