“Council Oak will enable us to expand healthcare for Native people and strengthen our services for the Tulsa community,” – Muscogee Nation Secretary of Health Shawn Terry
TULSA, Oklahoma – A naming ceremony was held for the recently purchased healthcare facility. The new facility, Council Oak Comprehensive Healthcare is formerly known as the Tulsa Cancer Treatment Center of America located at 10109 E. 79th St.
NCA 21-067 authorized the funds in the amount of $16,775,515 from the Health Third Party Investment Fund Account to purchase the facility in early June. Since then, the Nation has been leasing the former cancer center and a purchase agreement is in place and expected to close in September.
According to Muscogee Nation Secretary of Health Shawn Terry, the new campus will bring specialty care much closer to citizens.
The campus includes a 336,385-square-foot building with accommodations for inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a medical office building and 153 hotel rooms for patients and family members.
“Council Oak will enable us to expand healthcare for Native people and strengthen our services for the Tulsa community,” Terry said. “Starting out it will be limited to just our native patients.”
Council Oak Comprehensive Health Center will be open to patients as soon as August 2021. Services will include outpatient services such as urgent care, HIV and Hepatitis clinic, with plans to add additional specialty services soon.
Inpatient services are expected to begin in early 2022. The facility is expected to generate an estimated 100 new jobs within the first year of operation.
Terry said Dr. Amanda Reed from the Koweta Indian Health Clinic in Coweta would be moving services to the facility immediately to offer specialty services in infectious diseases.
“We will have an urgent care available and we are trying to keep that open from 7-7 5 days a week and 9-5 on the weekends,” he said. “We will have neurology clinic, pain clinic, and pulmonology clinic.”
Terry claimed there are no specific dates for these services, but they will be developing through the month of August.
“More services will develop as we find the right opportunities,” Terry said.
The services offered will be available to tribal members and anyone with a referral can also use the services.
Legislation regarding the purchase can be viewed at http://www.mcnnc.com/images/pdf2021/bills/NCA21-067.pdf.