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Cherokee Indian Hospital breaks ground on $75 million facility


By Rachel Landen
Posted: March 20, 2014 - 1:15 pm ET
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The new Cherokee (N.C.) Indian Hospital broke ground this week, three years after planning began.

The $75 million, 150,000-square-foot facility will include inpatient and outpatient services, a laboratory, a pharmacy, physical therapy and other patient services. The new hospital, which officials expect to be completed in early 2016, is under construction adjacent to the existing building, which opened in 1981.

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“(This is) a unique opportunity to create a facility which will serve as a healthcare and community anchor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” Michell Hicks, the group's principal chief, said in a release. “The local community, including tribal elders, artists, students and enrolled members, as well as physicians and medical professionals, have all played a big role in shaping this new facility.”

Cherokee Indian Hospital serves a tribe of 15,000 members across a five-county area of western North Carolina.

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