IHS and Cherokee Sign Historic Agreement Funding Health Center

February 26, 2016

An historic agreement signed last week between the Cherokee Nation and the Indian Health Service will allow the Cherokee to construct a 450,00- square-foot health center in Tahlequah that will be the largest ever built among tribes across the nation under IHS.
 
Under the agreement — the largest joint venture funding project ever among tribes — the IHS will fund the hospital at an estimated $80 million or more per year. The funding would last a minimum of 20 years, or potentially for the life of the hospital. The Cherokee Nation will pay more than $150 million for the construction of facility. IHS will request funding for staffing and operating expenses each year for at least 20 years once the hospital reaches capacity.

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