The Osage Nation is constructing a brand new 63,000 square foot Wahzhazhe health clinic in Pawhuska. The new facility, which is six times larger than their current space, will feature primary care, lab testing, a pharmacy, and a diabetes department with a full-time dietician. Additionally, the clinic will have an optical department, expanded dental services, and physical therapy.
Congresswoman Paula Stabler has been working on this project since 2015 and believes that the new facility wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of many individuals. Cindra Shangreau, a board member, agrees that this project has been decades in the making but is excited about the future of healthcare in the area. She emphasizes that the new facility is designed with room for growth to meet the needs of future generations.
While construction is underway now, it’s expected to be complete by the summer of 2025. Despite delays due to COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges such as supply chain disruptions and labor shortages in construction trades, progress has been made towards completing this vital project for the Osage Nation’s citizens.