Part of Cherokee Nation's new outpatient health facility opened on Monday morning in Tahlequah after two years of construction.
The Cherokee Nation invested about $200 million for the four-story health center on the Hastings Hospital campus. It will offer optometry, audiology, physical therapy, behavioral health, radiology, lab and pharmacy services.
On October 21 primary care, dental, and a resident clinic will open for patients.
The facility has more than 240 exam rooms, two MRI machines, and a surgery center. Cherokee Nation says the center will bring 850 jobs over the next few years including 100 physicians.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. calls the center a game-changer. He credits Former Chief Bill John Baker for his vision in a project that is set to improve the community's overall health system.
Hastings Hospital will continue to operate as an inpatient facility. Indian Health Service will give $100 million each year to pay for staffing and operating costs.