TISHOMINGO – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said the opening of the Chickasaw Nation Tishomingo Health Clinic marks another great stride in improving health care for all Native Americans.

Anoatubby was joined by dozens of tribal and local officials, area residents and other guests Monday morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new 53,000-square-foot medical clinic.

Located at 815 E. 6th St, in the historic capital city of the Chickasaw Nation, the new facility is more than four times the size of the previous clinic which opened more than 40 years ago.

"The opening of this new clinic marks a significant milestone in our ongoing mission to continually improve health services for Chickasaws and all Native Americans we serve," Anoatubby said. "We are excited about these new and expanded services in Tishomingo. Our health care team works diligently to offer the high-quality health care so vital to the overall quality of life. This new clinic is designed and equipped to empower our staff with the best tools available."

Features of the new clinic include:

21 exam rooms12 dental chairsDrive-through pharmacy servicesUltrasound examsMammogramsBone density scansHearing exams. 

Oklahoma Optical will also provide its services at the new clinic, and a full-time behavioral health specialist will be on-site.

The unique design and decor of the building reflects the tribe's traditions and culture.

The Medical Center will add about 25 new jobs to the Tishomingo area, including doctors, nurses and support staff, thanks to the unique joint venture partnership with Indian Health Service. Under the program, the Chickasaw Nation funds construction of the clinic and the Indian Health Service offers additional funds for staffing and operation for 20 years.

Anoatubby said the joint venture program provides a "great return" on the tribe's investment.

"This program benefits everyone involved. This plan provides a state-of-the-art facility for our patients without requiring a large initial budget expenditure from the Indian Health Service. It also provides a higher level of funding for staffing over time, which will be a great benefit to our patients," he said.

To ask questions about the Tishomingo Health Clinic visit www.chickasaw.net, or call (877) 240-2720.