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Cherokee Nation Holds 'Topping Out' Ceremony For Its Newest Health Center

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Tribal Councilor Dick Lay signs the final beam in construction of the new health center during a topping out ceremony in Ochelata, as Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker looks on. [Cherokee Nation] Tribal Councilor Dick Lay signs the final beam in construction of the new health center during a topping out ceremony in Ochelata, as Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker looks on. [Cherokee Nation]
Crews place the final beam on the construction of the new Cherokee Nation health center in Ochelata. [Cherokee Nation] Crews place the final beam on the construction of the new Cherokee Nation health center in Ochelata. [Cherokee Nation]
OCHELATA, Oklahoma -

Cherokee Nation celebrated the topping out of its new health center under construction in Ochelata Tuesday.

“Cherokee citizens in this area of our jurisdiction are one step closer to accessible, quality health care,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “I’m proud we are making a significant investment in health care that will positively impact the lives of our people for generations.”

The 28,000-square-foot Washington County health center will replace the existing 5,000-square-foot the tribe’s health center in downtown Bartlesville.

Cherokee Nation officials say the cost of the Ochelata project is $9 million. The new health center is one of four health centers under construction by Cherokee Nation businesses, funded primarily through casino profits.

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