Choctaw Nation Announces Expansion and Remodel of Health Clinic in McAlester
Published August 24, 2022
MCALESTER, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation Health Clinic in McAlester will be remodeled and expanding in size and services. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and is estimated to be completed in 2024. The expansion will more than double the size of the clinic’s square footage and provide services not currently offered.
“The expansion is long overdue for this area,” says Robert Karr, District 11 Choctaw Nation Tribal Council Member. “Yakoke (Thank you) to the clinic administration and staff for the quality care they’ve provided to tribal members while dealing with the capacity issues.”
The funding for the project is estimated at just short of $70 million and will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). “This investment will increase critical health care capacity for the Choctaw Nation, to better prepare it to respond to and mitigate additional healthcare demand caused by COVID-19,” says Karr.
The additional space will add over 51,000 square feet to the clinic. Once complete, the current space will be updated. The expansion will give more space to current departments including Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Same Day Clinic, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Behavioral Health, Laboratory, Radiology, and Pharmacy services. Upon completion, the clinic will be able to offer new services such as Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), Endocrinology, Orthopedics, Employees’ Health Clinic and Speech Therapy.
“We are excited to bring more health care options to our patients,” says Tiffany Segotta, Clinic Operations Director. “Some of our patients drive long distances to see us. Being able to offer these services in McAlester will bring a greater level of health overall for our patients.”
The increase in services will require almost doubling the associates as well, adding 56 new employees to the clinic. Upon completion, the clinic will be able to see 65% more patients. “This opens the doors for providers to work and patients to get help that we currently don’t have,” says Segotta.
About The Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 208,000 tribal members and 11,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, “Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture,” is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity.
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