Cherokee Nation to open first of 4 clinics in Oklahoma

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In an effort to provide medical care within 30 miles of every Cherokee citizen, the Cherokee Nation plans to open the first of four clinics this month, according to News On 6.

The Ochelata, Okla.-based clinic includes a pharmacy, X-ray lab, dentist office and a storm shelter for tornados.

The new facility is one of four clinics and a hospital the tribe committed to build using $100 million in profits from casinos. The new facilities will help distribute the patient load: In 2014, the tribal healthcare system had 1.2 million patients, according to the report. The remaining clinics will be built in Jay, Stilwell and Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

 

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