Cherokee Nation takes Claremore Indian Hospital patients during temporary ICU closure


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Health officials at Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital have stepped in to receive intensive care unit patients from Claremore Indian Hospital after it had to temporarily suspend those services.

Last week, Claremore Indian Hospital officials announced it would suspend ICU services from July 3-12 due to staffing issues. Cherokee Nation responded by helping transfer an ICU patient from Claremore to Tahlequah and is on standby to receive more patients.

“The Cherokee Nation has always been a responsible and willing partner with Claremore Indian Hospital and we are proud to provide the critical care for Native patients during the hospital’s temporary closure of the intensive care unit,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Claremore Indian Hospital is operated by Indian Health Service, which provides care for the American Indian population under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our health system stands ready to take any transfers affected by this closure in an effort to assist and ensure patients’ receive continuous high quality care,” said Cherokee Nation Health Services Deputy Executive Director Charles Grim.

For more information, call Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings at 918-458-3100.

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