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Release Date: July 29, 2016

by Media Relations Office

  • Governor Anoatubby leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Apila Center Friday, July 29, on the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center campus.

ADA, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation broke ground on a new health support building Friday, July 29, on the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (CNMC) campus.

Governor Bill Anoatubby and tribal dignitaries formally began construction of the Apila Center, which will serve Native families by opening more space in the medical center for direct health care services. An increase in the number of patient visits led to the need for the addition.

“More Chickasaws and other Native Americans are coming to the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center because it has earned a reputation for providing high quality health care,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “We served more than 800,000 patient visits last year, and we expect that number to continue to grow.” 

One hundred employees will move from the Medical Center to the new Apila Center, which will allow 29,000 square feet of space in the medical center to be converted to direct patient care services.

“Apila” in the Chickasaw language means to help, which is the intent of the new facility.

Once completed, the 38,000 square foot, two-story facility will house offices, training centers and meeting areas thus freeing up space for expansions of family practice, internal medicine, optometry, mental health and pediatrics in the CNMC.

As a part of the renovations to the main CNMC facility, a Family Medicine Residency Clinic and other specialty care services will be added.

The expansion follows other recent additions to the CNMC campus. In April, a ground breaking for three new buildings which will enable the Chickasaw Nation to better serve women and children, as well as expanding emergency medical services.

In May, the tribe broke ground near the medical center for a Veterans Lodge which will allow Chickasaw veterans to relax, gather and enjoy camaraderie where they can receive assistance, services and benefits earned in service to America.

In 2013, the Chikasha House also opened on the CNMC campus offering lodging accommodations to families and caretakers of long-term patients at the hospital. More than 1,700 families have stayed at the Chikasha House to date.

“I am really excited about the future of the Chickasaw Nation, and the future of health care in the Chickasaw Nation,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “The advances we have made over the past two decades have truly been astounding. And the Apila Center is yet another improvement.”