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Aug. 1, 2018
Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s New Eufaula Indian Health Center Facility Opened its Doors Aug. 1
EUFAULA, Okla. – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation celebrated the completion of the new Eufaula Indian Health Center at its new location during the ribbon cutting ceremony July 31, 2018.
The 79,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is replacing the previous 6,900 square-foot clinic and expanding its services through a joint venture program with Indian Health Service.
The IHS program has given the Nation the opportunity to work with the federal partner in order to expand and improve the tribe’s healthcare facilities and its operations.
Through the joint planning effort, the MCN provides the funding for the facility and IHS tends to the operational costs.
In addition to providing its current services, the new facility has expanded its staff and now offers physical therapy, optometry and audiology, as well.
The clinic is equipped with 24 primary care exam rooms including four procedure rooms and one isolation room, as well as eight open dental exam rooms and two closed rooms.
MCN Principal Chief James Floyd spoke on the new facility and its future in the Eufaula community.
“I’m very pleased to be a part of the ceremony today in seeing this hope; not for the progress that we’ve made but the progress that’s leading to us providing you better services,” Floyd said. “It makes me very proud that you’re here today and we hope that we do our best every day to take care of you.”
The clinic provides care to all members of federally-recognized tribes from the surrounding areas.
RADM Chris Buchanan Deputy Director of IHS discussed the strengthened partnerships between tribes and IHS through efforts to provide accessible health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
“Indian Health Service looks forward to the continued partnership with tribes as we work to promote healthy lives of all of our members,” Buchanan said. “I can assure you that IHS remains committed to creating a culture of equality, leadership and accountability in partnership with tribes to provide the best patient care.”
The new facility, located at 500 Eunice Burns Rd. Eufaula, OK 74432, opened its doors to patients Aug. 1, 2018.
For general information, contact the Eufaula Indian Health Center at 918-689-2547.
(photos by: Amanda Rutland/MCNPR)