Cherokee Health Partners
Cherokee Health Partners (CHP), a privately held, limited liability company, was formed on September 28, 2004 between Tahlequah City Hospital, now Northeastern Health System, and the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation tribe serves 14 counties and nearly 117,000 Native Americans in northeast Oklahoma.
CHP is unique. We are unaware of similar tribal / non-tribal health partnerships within the U.S. Additionally, it demonstrates the power of collaboration, combined with trust, aimed at identifying common health problems.
With the rising threat of heart disease, both sought a solution for local access to “state of the art” imaging services to detect heart problems. Upon formation, the joint venture purchased two dual head nuclear medicine cameras and installed them at NHS. Cherokees and non-Cherokees were permitted to access the services offered. Since 2004, the relationship has flourished and the scope of the services available to community members has broaden significantly. CHP has employees working at W.W. Hastings Hospital and at NHS.