Press Release

Release Date: March 09, 2007

by Tony Choate

  • Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, tribal legislators, and health service employees cut the ribbon on the new Pharmacy Refill Center in Ada

ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby was joined by tribal legislators, citizens and employees for ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Chickasaw Nation Health System Pharmacy Refill Center.

Ceremonies were 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the facility on the west end of State Street, directly south of Carl Albert Indian Health facility, 1001 N. Country Club Rd.

“Opening of this innovative new facility marks another step toward our goal of providing the most efficient, effective, patient-centered health care possible” said Gov. Anoatubby.

A staff of 16 pharmacists and 16 pharmacy technicians at the 11,000 square foot facility are expected to fill approximately 500,000 prescriptions annually.

Chris Anoatubby, Chief of Pharmacy Services for CNHS, said state-of-the-art automated equipment and three drive-through lanes will provide faster more convenient service for patients of the Chickasaw Nation Health Service.

He pointed out that one pharmacist working manually can comfortably fill about 200 prescriptions in an eight hour day. The automated equipment will enable more effective use of skilled pharmacy personnel.

Dale Keel, Deputy Area Director of the Indian Health Service, said that the facility is the first of its kind in the area.

“This is more than bricks and mortar,” he said, adding the facility represents a solid commitment by Chickasaw leaders to provide excellent service.

The refill center will provide all pharmaceutical services from the Carl Albert Indian Health Facility, as well as refill prescription service for all five CNHS satellite clinics.

Current plans for the pharmacy center include offering mail order prescription service to Chickasaw citizens living across the United States.

In addition to the pharmacy services, the facility will also include patient counseling services, an anticoagulation clinic and a lipid management clinic.