Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, center, is joined by tribal leaders and staff in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Chickasaw Nation Chikasha House. (Mike McKee)

Chikasha House Is 'Home Away From Home' for Families of Hospital Patients

ICTMN Staff
7/24/13

For family members visiting long-term patients at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, comfortable lodging is now available.

The new Chikasha House, located on the medical center's campus in Ada, Oklahoma, is designed to offer relief to families traveling long distances to visit loved ones who are experiencing extended stays at the medical center.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and dozens of Chickasaw citizens and community members cut a ribbon on Monday, July 22 to celebrate the official opening of the House.

“Caring for our families is always a top priority,” Gov. Anoatubby said in a press release. “The Chikasha House was designed to offer affordable, convenient and relaxing lodging to family members of patients who are far from home. We believe the Chikasha House can help bring peace of mind to patients and their loved ones facing this difficult situation.” 

The Chikasha House is comprised of two 2,342 square-foot units equiped with four bedrooms, each featuring a queen-sized bed, sitting area and a private bathroom.

Amenities also include a dining and refreshment area, living room areas, a game room, laundry facilities, a state-of-the art security and surveillance system and safe room.

The Chikasha House also features two serenity gardens, patios and a playground area. 

Funding for construction of the facility was made possible with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indian Community Development Block Grant program.

The Chickasaw Nation Division of Health serves more than 500,000 patients each year in the state-of-the-art Medical Center in Ada, and at its health clinics in Ada, Ardmore, Tishomingo, Durant and Purcell. The Division of Healt also operates three nutrition centers, three wellness centers and a diabetes care center.

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