IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Cherokee Nation is opening the new Cooweescoowee Health Center near Ochelata in Washington County. The 28,000-square-foot, $9 million facility will improve access to patient care for Cherokee citizens living in the northwest portion of the Cherokee Nation.

“The new Ochelata clinic is going to make it so much easier for people to receive health care,” said Nowata resident Linda “Jo” Eldridge, who works as a nurse in Bartlesville and is a Cherokee Nation citizen who receives health care through the tribe’s health system. “It’ll have more staff, making it much easier to get an appointment. It’ll be so much easier, especially for those elders unable to get around. They can go to one place and get everything they need.”


Direct
Output
Employment
Income
CN Direct Contribution
$31,696,987
181
$7,114,556
CN Vendor Purchases
$7,570,784
 
 
Indirect
 
 
 
CN Vendor Response
$3,367,339
132
$4,192,162
Induced
 
 
 
CN/Vendor Employee Spending
$2,094,486
19
$688,661

TOTAL

$44,729,596
332
$11,995,380
The economic influence of the Cherokee Nation in Washington County continues to grow as Cherokee Nation Businesses’ direct output now approaches $31.7 million. Additionally, Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses purchase more than $7.5 million from Washington County vendors. In total, Cherokee Nation operations support more than $44.7 million in local output, 332 jobs and nearly $12 million in county income payments.

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