IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

Adair County residents soon will have access to a newly expanded health center. The $9 million expansion of Cherokee Nation’s Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell is funded entirely by casino profits and is making way for additional services and improved wait times. The health center supports 130,000 patient visits annually and offers a wide range of health services.

“Right now, our department has one exam room,” said Heidi Powell, an advanced practice registered nurse at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center. “When the expansion is done, we’ll have three exam rooms. This will allow us to see more patients and make communication with co-workers a lot easier, and that increases the quality of care.”


Direct
Output
Employment
Income
CN Direct Contribution
$28,217,047
599
$25,299,013
CN Vendor Purchases
$14,463,228
 
 
Indirect
 
 
 
CN Vendor Response
$3,882,991
246
$7,381,937
Induced
 
 
 
CN/Vendor Employee Spending
$13,955,680
135
$4,212,607

TOTAL

$60,518,946
980
$36,893,556
Economic impacts in Adair County reach $60.5 million in production, supporting 980 jobs and $36.8 million in labor income. Impacts are equally distributed between CN and CNB influences, with CNB imposing a larger local economic footprint and CN relying heavily on local vendors to support Cherokee Nation operations.

Note that in all economic impact tables, column values may not total due to rounding.