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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Cherokee hospital topped out

Principal Chief Michell Hicks placed the last bolt in the top beam of the $75 million Cherokee Indian Hospital last week, marking completion of the first phase of construction of the 150,000-square-foot facility. Three years in the planning, the hospital is slated for completion in early 2016. 

“The local community, including tribal elders, artists, students and enrolled members, as well as physicians and medical professionals, have all played a big role in shaping this new facility,” Hicks said.

The goal is to build something that is not only a state-of-the-art healthcare center but also based on the history and healing culture of the Cherokee tribe. 

The hospital will have a 20-bed inpatient facility, integrated outpatient services, a lab, pharmacy, physical therapy and other services as well. 


Early College students gets Drive 4UR School funds

Back in April of 2014 Andy Shaw Ford sponsored a Drive 4UR School event at Jackson County Early college. Larry Hinton, president/general manager of Andy Shaw Ford, and some of the dealership staff presented a check for nearly $4500 to Rebecca Ensley, principal of the Early College, and some of her students. Through this program, Ford Motor Company has donated over $20 million to high schools and community organizations across the United States. Since 2010 Andy Shaw Ford has provided nearly $50,000 to local high schools through this program. 

“This will go a long way to supplement our field trip funds,” said Ensley. “We really strive to provide real world experiences for our students and these funds will help us do that.” 

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