The Chickasaw Nation is now providing a "home away from home" for families of patients at the tribe's medical center.

The Chikasha House officially opened last month. Located on the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center's campus, 1921 Stonecipher Blvd., the facility is designed to offer relief to families visiting long-term patients.

"Caring for our families is always a top priority," says Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby. "The Chikasha House was designed to offer affordable, convenient and relaxing lodging to family members of patients who are far from home. We believe the Chikasha House can help bring peace of mind to patients and their loved ones facing this difficult situation."

Chikasha House is comprised of two 2,342-square-foot units. Each unit offers four bedrooms equipped with a queen-sized bed, sitting area and a private bathroom. Amenities also include a dining and refreshment area, living room areas, a game room, laundry facilities, a state-of-the art security and surveillance system and safe room. In addition the facility features two serenity gardens, patios and playground area.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indian Community Development Block Grant program and matching tribal funds were used to construct the facility.