On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Cherokee Nation and its business arm, Cherokee Nation Businesses, announced a partnership resulting in the largest healthcare capital investment in the tribe’s history. This partnership will change the entire landscape of the Cherokee Nation health care system, which manages eight tribal 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 including 24,000 Emergency Room visits, 21,000 dental visits, 737 births, and filled 1.7 million prescriptions.
“We have made many announcements over the years, but none as exciting as this,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “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.”
CNB is coming off of a record breaking year in 2012. The company’s revenues topped $715 million last year, compared to $653 million in 2011. CNB’s diverse portfolio includes companies in the fields of information technology, construction, environmental, aerospace and defense, manufacturing and gaming and hospitality.
A complete list of health services available from the Cherokee Nation can be found here.