CNHSA is here to help

By Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.
June 1, 2023

Where do you turn in a medical emergency? What do you do if you have no medical insurance and need medical care? Or if your children need healthcare? Where would you turn when there are no answers?

We tried to answer these questions when the Choctaw Nation was creating a plan for tribal members concerning their healthcare needs. We strive as a nation to create one of the most comprehensive healthcare plans for our tribal members so that, during their time of need, the most important question is when I will get back to normal, and not how I will get back to normal.

As a Choctaw tribal member, you have access to many services that will keep you happy and healthy. There are clinics available in your area that you can visit that stand ready, willing and able to work to meet your healthcare needs. These state-of-the-art facilities are here for Choctaw tribal members. Some are even celebrating anniversaries and expansions.

For instance, in May, the McAlester Clinic held its expansion groundbreaking ceremony. The clinic needs expansion due to the many patients it serves. The clinic offers family medicine, internal, same day clinic, pediatrics, podiatry, behavioral health, lab, radiology, and a pharmacy that will all be expanded. They will be adding GI, cardio, ENT, endocrinology, orthopedics, speech therapy and Employee Health Services.

Also in May, McAlester Wind Horse Behavioral Health is celebrating 15 years of service to the community. The clinic’s services include behavioral health visits with the addition of housing half of the Warrior Wellness team, which does events for Native American veterans all over the reservation. The clinic also provides outpatient counseling for individual counseling services, family counseling, marriage counseling, substance use counseling and multiple grant services.

This June, we will celebrate:

  • June 6 – Poteau Wellness Center celebrates five years.
  • June 20 – Durant Wellness Center celebrates five years.
  • June 23 – Residency Graduation, Specialty Clinic, ribbon cutting.
  • July 12 – Atoka Clinic celebrates 15 years. The clinic specializes in family practice, immunization, lab/X-ray, WIC, diabetes education, nutrition and pharmacy, including a drive-thru.

Take a moment to recognize all the great things that Choctaw Health Services provide. There is cause to celebrate our Nation’s achievements and we hope that you feel the same.

Yakoke and God Bless!