The Cherokee Nation has officially secured the land where it will build its new $7 million health center in Jay, Oklahoma.
On December 28, Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed the last documents to finalize the tribe's purchase of the land.
The health center will serve the tribe's more than 300,000 citizens and create new employment opportunities. Construction for the new 28,000-square-foot health center is expected to begin in early 2013.
“Our goal is to become northeastern Oklahoma’s health care provider of choice,” Baker said in a press release. “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 are 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.”