The Chickasaw Nation has agreed to partner with the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic on the CARES Capital Campaign, a $2 million fundraising project to construct a new 7,000-square-foot pharmacy at the clinic.
“We recognize the challenges American Indians in Oklahoma are faced with when it comes to health care services,” said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby. “We value the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic’s role in improving access to health care and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this pharmacy will have on the community.”
The clinic currently operates a 900-square-foot pharmacy that fills 200,000 prescriptions every year. The existing space does not allow pharmacists to play an important role in helping patients with their needs and answering their questions. The new pharmacy will enable the staff to fill more than 400,000 prescriptions a year and provide confidential patient consultation space, training rooms and drive-thru operations for patient convenience.
“We are so grateful to Chickasaw Nation for their participation in this campaign and for their continued support for many of our clinic programs,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. “We care for more than 18,000 patients every year and recognized the limitations our current pharmacy presented. With the help of the Chickasaw Nation and other benefactors, we’re on track to increase our patient reach as a result of this new facility.”
Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and his wife Kim Henry serve as the CARES Campaign honorary chairs.
“This announcement will help kick off the 2014 campaign efforts and set the bar for fundraising goals this year,” Gov. Henry said. “The support of Gov. Anoatubby and the Chickasaw Nation will undoubtedly assure a successful outcome and improve the health and the quality of life for Oklahoma’s American Indians.”
For more information or to donate to the campaign, visit www.okcic.com.