Talihina is the original site of the first two Choctaw Nation Indian hospitals, all of which are close to the current facility. The first hospital was a wooden structure built in 1915 and was known as the Carter Hospital. Only the foundation remains. The second hospital is a native stone structure originally built in 1937 as a TB sanatorium. Although empty, the structure still stands to remind visitors of earlier times and how far the tribe has progressed over the years. The newest facility, the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center, opened in 1999 and was built by the Choctaw Nation making the Choctaw Nation the first tribe to build its own hospital.

The Choctaw Nation Health Care Center is a state-of-the-art 152,894 square foot facility consisting of 44 inpatient beds including 12 Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) suites. All hospital rooms are private. In addition, the hospital offers a Surgery Center, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Laboratory, Radiology, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Optometry, Audiology, Dental, a full-service Dietary department, 24/7 Emergency Department, and much more.

The Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority (CNHSA) serves the area of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation Health Care Center is the hub of our health system with eight outlying clinics located in Atoka, Broken Bow, Durant, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Poteau, and Stigler. The clinics are intended to make care accessible to all the Choctaw Nation service area. Clinics serve as the first line of treatment for acute illnesses and a location for follow-up care over time. In many respects, the clinics are similar to a doctor’s office. They are open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, closed on weekends and tribally recognized holidays. They are not equipped to handle medical emergencies. Clinics operate on an appointment basis. If you have an emergency condition (chest pain, uncontrolled bleeding, loss of limb, etc.) do not go to a clinic. Immediately call 911 or rush to your nearest emergency room.

In addition to the hospital and clinics, CNHSA operates a number of other services throughout southeastern Oklahoma including a Diabetic Wellness Center, Behavioral Health and substance abuse programs, residential treatment facilities, and fitness centers just to name a few. Certain services such as Oncology, Urology, and other specialty services are not available through CNHSA. In these instances, where patients require specialty care, a program called Choctaw Referred Care (CRC) may be used to pay for all or part of the referral. Referral of a case to CRC does not guarantee payment. Referrals are reviewed to ensure eligibility for services and are ranked according to patient condition and need for care.

Choctaw Nation provides health care using a public health model. According to this model, health promotion and disease prevention are equally as important as taking care of sick patients. The public health model makes an effort to keep people well and healthy as opposed to treating them when they become ill. The health system dedicates significant resources to keeping people well.