The Pryor Times

October 4, 2012

Cherokee Nation Health Services rakes in awards

Tahlequah — TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation’s first-rate doctors, healthcare staff and progressive diabetes treatment programs continue to rake in state and national awards.

Cherokee Nation Health Services, which oversees eight health centers, an employee clinic and a hospital, was recently honored by three prestigious organizations for its outstanding work.

W.W. Hastings Hospital Medical Director Douglas Nolan was named Physician of the Year by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.  Hastings pharmacy received a Local Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board for its intensive diabetes monitoring service of patients.  And Health Services’ overall Diabetes Program snagged the John Pipe Voices of Change Award from the American Diabetes Association for helping curb the disease in Indian Country.

Nolan was named Physician of the Year for directing the Family Medicine Residency Program in Tahlequah and mentoring medical students and residents at Hastings and Tahlequah City Hospital, according to the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.

Health Services’ pharmacy program educating diabetic patients to manage their disease more efficiently also won recent praise from the National Indian Health Board. The ADA cited the tribe’s work serving more than 10,000 diabetes patients and its 16-week diabetes prevention classes that led to 92 people in the program losing a total of 2,752 pounds. The award is given to programs helping Indian communities and named in honor of the late John Pipe of Montana, a longtime diabetes advocate.

In addition to these three major awards, Cherokee Nation’s A-MO Salina Health Center, Bartlesville Health Center, Vinita Health Center and Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata have all received Government Performance and Results Act from the Oklahoma City Indian Health Service area office.