TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has proposed more than $ 54 million in funding to support the Cherokee Nation’s emergency medical services. Chief Hoskin met with the tribe’s EMS staff on Thursday in Tahlequah to review the plans.
The proposal includes a resolution that will support a new Cherokee Nation EMS ambulance facility and a new and expanded ambulance fleet.
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“Our EMS staff and the patients they serve deserve the best facilities and the best ambulances. These funds will allow our facilities and fleet to reach this level, ”said Chief Hoskin.
The proposal also calls for emergency aid to help stabilize the ambulance service in Adair County, where an existing partnership with a non-tribal ambulance service is about to end. The Cherokee Nation would provide up to $ 300,000 in operating expenses until May, when Adair County EMS believes it will be financially stable. Two surplus ambulances would also be donated to Adair County EMS.
“This legislation has the potential to impact the entire Cherokee Nation and provide vital services that help not only Cherokee citizens, but all who live in or visit the wonderful communities of the Northeast. Oklahoma as we reach out and assess local needs, ”the MP said. said Chief Warner.
The Cherokee Nation Council will consider the resolution at a committee meeting on January 27. If approved, the proposal will go to a Special Council for final approval on the same day.
The projects and initiatives would be funded with Cherokee Nation’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover and Rebuild funds generated by the tribe’s health system.
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“The administration listens to the needs of our Cherokee citizens in Adair County and makes a point of ensuring our employees have the resources to provide efficient EMS service. I am delighted for our people and look forward to supporting this legislation until its final passage, ”said District 7 Tribal Councilor Joshua Sam of Adair County.
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