Press Release

Release Date: September 21, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Governor Bill Anoatubby, center, is joined by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, tribal leaders, legislators and dignitaries to officially open the Emergency Medical Services building on the south Ada campus, Thursday, Sept. 21. The new structure helps expand the services provided by the tribe to Chickasaw citizens and other Native Americans.

ADA – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and a large contingent of tribal dignitaries officially opened a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building near the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Thursday, Sept. 21.

“This new EMS building represents opportunities. It gives us an opportunity to continue advancing our health care services; an opportunity to provide our medics with the most ideal working conditions so they, in turn, have the greatest opportunity to provide quality care to our patients in transit.

“It is also an opportunity to reach an increasing number of Chickasaws and other Native Americans who live outside our traditional service, area,” Gov. Anoatubby said.

The new facility was constructed to address the Chickasaw Nation’s growing number of EMS trips since the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center opened in 2010.

As an example, Governor Anoatubby said in 2016 more than 1,100 trips were made to and from the medical center. Those trips averaged 180 miles and included runs to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Sherman and Denton, Texas, along with many other communities.

The 10,000 square foot building provides a home-away-from-home for the EMS team, comprised of 12 full-time emergency health professionals and eight contract medics.

The building also doubles as a medical warehouse. The space allows for a full staff of medics on call 24 hours a day year-round in a more comfortable working and living environment. Its heated garage increases efficiency by reducing ambulance warmup times in winter months.

The location also has state-of-the-art technology important to modern EMS teams, including radio, monitoring, tracking and other support services. The increased area will also allow staff to train in-house, reducing time away from the facility.

Rep. Cole, a Chickasaw citizen and one of only two Native Americans serving in Congress, praised Governor Anoatubby and tribal leaders for their leadership and vision.

“I look around and see what has been accomplished for our people,” Rep. Cole said. It is a pretty remarkable achievement. It obviously not only helps our people, but Native Americans in general who have an opportunity to use this facility. It so represents what Governor Anoatubby’s leadership is all about and that is to improve the lives of people,” Rep. Cole said. “This represents our deepest values and who we are as a people. Thank you for bringing those values out,” Rep. Cole said, adding “and for each and every life that is going to be saved.”