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Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. begins expansion

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TULSA, Okla. – More than 200 community members helped celebrate the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc.’s official groundbreaking ceremony for its 26,000-square-foot expansion July 14.

The new addition will allow for IHCRC’s health education and wellness department, substance abuse treatments programs and the WIC nutrition program to move from a satellite location back to the main clinic at 550 S. Peoria Ave. For the past three years, IHCRC has leased 10,000 square feet of space to office much of the wellness department, the WIC nutrition program and portions of the mental health and substance abuse staff. Integrating all services into one facility is a major goal of the facility expansion project thereby enabling patients to conveniently access all services in one stop.

The new addition is estimated to be completed in 18 months and cost between $6 million and $7 million.

“The board of trustees and the expansion team are very excited that this expansion and renovation project is beginning,” said IHCRC Board of Trustee Facility Chairman Jim Cameron. “It has been in the works for many years, and when completed, will make an exceptional impact on both IHCRC staff as well as the patients we serve.”

Key features of the expansion include:

• Increase total facility space to 52,392 square feet.

• Expand pharmacy, with a separate entrance, drive thru pick up and a second robotic system for faster prescription filling.

• Expand departmental space, including behavioral health and medical care, medical records and employee lounge and restrooms.

• Move the WIC nutrition program, health education and wellness, substance abuse treatment and Systems of Care children’s mental health services from the satellite office back to the main campus.

• Establish dedicated wellness facilities, including health, nutritional and physical activity, counseling and education offices, and demonstration kitchen.

• Create a multi-purpose room overlooking Centennial Park to be used for large group meetings and classes.

• Remodel existing space for more efficient patient flow.

• Provide support for telemedicine and electronic health records.

• Create a harmonious external design with current brick and overall appearance, including the addition of distinctive arched floor-to-ceiling windows along the south and west walls of the multi-purpose room.

• Upon completion of the expansion project, patient parking will be fully adjacent to the medical facility, with staff parking in the newly built lot to the west.

For more than 30 years, IHCRC has been committed to improving the health of Indian people living in the Tulsa area. IHCRC serves a large intertribal population, comprised of members of more than 150 federally recognized tribes. According to the 2000 Census, the metro Tulsa area is home to more than 86,000 Indian people.

IHCRC provides medical, dental, optometry, behavioral health, chemical dependency, health education and pharmacy services directly to the Tulsa Indian community. Quality health care is provided on a sliding scale fee, ability to pay, basis. Members of any federally recognized tribe and their dependents are eligible to receive care. No one is refused services due to inability to pay.