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March 26, 2013

Cherokee health care announcement set

— TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation and its business arm, Cherokee Nation Businesses, are set to announce a partnership Thursday that will result in the largest health care capital investment in the tribe’s history, according to a media release.

The partnership will change the entire landscape of the Cherokee Nation health care system, which manages eight health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital, all in northeast Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the United States, which saw 1.2 million patient visits in 2012.

“We have made many announcements over the years, but none as exciting as this,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a media release. “By cultivating and growing our businesses, we are now able to spend our next $100 million in profit on providing world-class health care for our citizens. Health care is clearly the biggest need among our people. We now have the unique opportunity to make a drastic improvement in their lives, and the lives of future generations.”

Details of the capital investment will be revealed at a Thursday news conference.

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