Choctaw Nation Health Clinic Expands to Second Location in Stigler
Published November 3, 2022
STIGLER, Okla. – Several Choctaw Nation Health departments have a new home in Stigler, Okla. On October 27 the Choctaw Nation Health Clinic held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new extension location in the Stigler Office Building.
“I’m thankful that we can provide this service here in Stigler,” says Chief Gary Batton. “This is home for us and we want to grow it.”
The $3.4 million renovation project began in early 2020, completing in October 2022 due to the slowdowns caused by the pandemic. The extension adds another 5,647 square feet in addition to the main Stigler Health Clinic which currently provides services, such as family practice, laboratory, pharmacy, and optometry.
Choctaw Nation Health moved the dental services from another building as the extension provides space for more equipment, a second dentist and an additional dental hygienist. By increasing the space and headcount, the patient care team will be able to double the number of patients daily than at the previous location.
Radiology was also added to the extension. “Patients were driving 45 to 60 minutes away for an x-ray, resulting in longer times before a diagnosis was possible,” says Janet Sharp, facility director. “Having this available for our patients will significantly improve the treatment times.”
Other services moving to the newly renovated facility include Behavioral Health and Community Health Nursing. “We are truly blessed,” says Choctaw Tribal Council Speaker Thomas Williston. “I am proud that we can do what we are able to do today. I think of the things our families before us did not have and think about the future – of what our children and grandchildren will have.”
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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