Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Dr. Charles Grim
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The National Indian Health Board honored Dr. Charles Grim, executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services, as an impact leader for the Oklahoma City area during an awards banquet Wednesday.
The Impact Award is given by NIHB to recognize health care professionals and organizations for their contributions to the health care of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Each year the board recognizes tribal health care efforts on both national and regional levels. Grim was one of 12 to be recognized regionally.
“Dr. Grim’s experience, expertise and leadership are unmatched, and he continues to raise the bar for health care in the Cherokee Nation,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “We certainly commend him on being recognized by the National Indian Health Board, and we look forward to seeing the growth that he will continue to foster in Cherokee Nation Health Services in the future.”
Grim, a Cherokee Nation citizen, is responsible for the largest tribal health care system in the country, including 2,400 employees and patient services at W.W. Hastings Hospital facility in Tahlequah and eight tribal health centers across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction.
During his service to the Cherokee Nation, Grim has served in several leadership roles and has been instrumental in a number of projects, including, most recently, the 469,000-square-foot W.W. Hastings Hospital expansion, a joint venture project with the Indian Health Service.
“I consider it a great privilege to serve the Cherokee people and strive to lead a team that is not only focused on improving health care, but on enriching the lives of our people,” Grim said. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the National Indian Health Board, and I am certainly very grateful to Chief Baker and our administration for allowing me to serve the Cherokee people in this capacity.”
Prior to serving the Cherokee Nation, Grim was appointed as the director of Indian Health Service by President George W. Bush, and during his more than 25 years of service to IHS, he also served as an assistant surgeon general and rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
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