Improving the Quality of Life for Our People and Our Communities
Headquartered in Okmulgee Okla., the Muscogee Nation is the fourth largest federally recognized tribe in the United States with more than 100,000 citizens. The Muscogee Nation Department of Health operates community hospitals. To ensure healthy generations of Native people, the Nation also operates Indian health clinics and provides dedicated services for citizens of federally recognized tribes.
As one of the largest tribal health systems in Oklahoma, the system delivers a variety of health services throughout our 11-county Reservation, spanning 4,811 square miles.
The Muscogee Nation Department of Health was first established in 1977, when the Muscogee Nation signed a sublease agreement and an operation and maintenance agreement with the trustees of the Okfuskee County Commissioners to occupy and operate the former Okfuskee County Hospital, now the Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah. Prior to 2002, the Muscogee Nation contracted with Indian Health Service (IHS) to provide healthcare to its citizens. In 2002, the Muscogee Nation entered into an Indian Self-Determination compact with IHS to provide for the healthcare needs of its people. This method of agreement allowed the Muscogee Nation much greater flexibility in the provision of services for the tribal population.
The Muscogee Nation Department of Health falls under the Executive Branch of the Muscogee Nation tribal government. The Secretary of Health is appointed by the Principal Chief and confirmed by the National Council.
- Shawn Terry, Secretary of Health
- Dr. Joseph Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer
- Rhonda Beaver, Chief Administrative Officer
- Lindy Bauer, Chief Nursing Officer
- Tim Hicks, Chief Operating Officer – Hospital Services
- Shoneen Alexander-Ross, Chief Performance Officer
- Brenda Crawford, Chief Finance Officer
- Tim Woolsey, Chief Facilities Management Officer