By BOB GIBBINS
Dialysis will soon become offered in Sequoyah County, thanks to a joint venture among Tahlequah City Hospital, Cherokee Nation, and the hospital’s partnership with Davita Dialysis, TCH CEO Brian Woodliff said Monday.
Woodliff, while presenting his report to the Tahlequah Hospital Authority board Monday night, said a building will be located on land provided by the Cherokee Nation in Sallisaw near the Redbird Clinic. The TCH Foundation built the structure, and Dr. James Madison will be involved in bringing dialysis to Sequoyah County.
Woodliff said the facility will be the first of its kind in Sallisaw and will help patients who have had to drive to Tahlequah or another location for dialysis treatments.
Gary Chapman, board member, commended Woodliff and all those involved for bringing the facility to Sallisaw.
Woodliff said a grand opening is tentatively set for April 8.
Woodliff and Brian Hail, head of Cherokee Nation Hastings Hospital, presented Chapman, representing the foundation, with a medallion at the meeting. Hail and Woodliff recently attended a ceremony in Stillwater, during which the foundation was honored for its residency program.
Woodliff said three hospitals were recognized at the event.
The TCH CEO also announced the two local hospitals are involved in a “Biggest Loser” competition. Employees are vying to see which facility will have the highest percentage of weight loss, Woodliff said. Results will be announced at a May 3 weigh-in.
Hail and Woodliff are also involved in the competition. Woodliff said the results will be publicized to encourage the public.
In another matter, Woodliff said three legislators will be at TCH Wednesday to meet with hospital administration personnel about health care issues.