Cherokee Nation buys land for new Jay Health Center

January 02, 2013

Melvina Shotpouch with the Delaware County Assessor’s Office, far left, and Tribal Council members Frankie Hargis and Curtis Snell watch as Principal Chief Bill John Baker signs closing documents Dec. 28 for the purchase of 22 acres in Jay.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation officials have signed final documents in purchasing land for the new $7 million health center in Jay.

“Our goal is to become northeastern Oklahoma’s health care provider of choice,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The new facility will allow our Cherokee citizens to get their health needs met in a state-of-the-art facility that is more easily accessible.”

The 22 acres is located on Main Street across from Jay Public Schools, near the Cherokee Nation food distribution center. The property was purchased from the Anna Mae Kelly Trust.

“So many people have worked hard to make this possible,” said District 2 Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell. “Our citizens deserve quality health care, and that is exactly what we are going to give them. I am thankful to everyone who collaborated in the process and am looking forward to what this will mean for our citizens and our communities.”

Construction for the new 28,000-square-foot health center is expected to begin in early 2013.

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