Hospital replaces 40-year-old facility
Editor’s note: a previous version of this story had a headline stating, “MCNCH opens doors.” On March 8, MCN Public Relations posted on their Facebook page that the emergency room and inpatient hospital was not yet open. The headline has been updated and information from the Facebook page included in the story.
OKEMAH, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony March 2 for the MCN Community Hospital in Okemah.
“It is a very exciting day,” MCN Secretary of Health Shawn Terry said. “This hospital has been a long time coming for this community.”
He said the new facility would replace the old building, which is over 40 years old.
MCNCH provides family medicine, pharmacy, lab and x-ray.
The clinic located in the facility has 32 exam rooms and four procedure rooms.
The hospital will also provide inpatient and emergency room services to the public.
There are five fast track rooms in the emergency portion to provide quick treatment to patients.
“This multi-million, state of the art facility is going to be something that is badly needed for this area,” Terry said.
According to a press release issued by MCN Public Relations, the 118,075 square-foot facility is only one of two Native-owned hospitals in Oklahoma that serves the general public with the other being the MCN Medical Center in Okmulgee.
During the ceremony, the importance of MCNCH for the area was the main focus for many tribal administrators.
“I think the most important thing is that this investment is in an area of the most under-served healthcare area that you would probably find in the state of Oklahoma,” MCN Principal Chief James Floyd said.
MCNCH is located at 1800 E. Coplin Road in Okemah.
On March 8, MCN Public Relations posted on their Facebook page that the emergency room and hospital portion of the facility was not yet open and an official opening date would be announced at a later time.