Betty Lou Meadows, 86

Born June 28, 1931

Died March 21, 2018

Myrtle L. Fausett, 88

Born June 22, 1929

Died March 20, 2018

Katherine Younger, 81

Born August 20, 1936

Died March 18, 2018


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Thursday, March 22

2018 Student Art Show
Bread making class
Cliff Casteel Photography Exhibit
Mike Herndon Band Live
Jess C. Epple Jr.

Friday, March 23

2018 Student Art Show

Saturday, March 24

2018 Student Art Show
Oklahoma Carry Course
Bacone Spring Pow Wow
Bedouin Dash Glo N Go 5k

Monday, October 2, 2017, 9:28 AM

Front Row: Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Executive Director of Health Services Connie Davis, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Medical Director James Stallcup. Back Row: Juanita Chilsom, administrative assistant for health administration; Hastings physicians Martin Jacob, Amanda Whytal, Charity Holder and Dante Perez; nurse practitioner Whitney Essex; and physicians Jazmin Baker, Tschantre Dorsett and Stephen Drywater.

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation implements a new compensation plan to better recruit and retain its physicians and advanced practitioners, effective now.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s plan raises the threshold pay for about 120 doctors and advanced level providers working within the tribe’s nine health centers and W.W. Hastings Hospital to the region’s market rate.

It also includes quarterly bonuses based on service to patients, using a new performance measuring system called Relative Value Units.

The Cherokee Nation has spent more than a year coming up with an effective compensation plan to raise doctor pay, taking input from its employees and neighboring health facilities.

“We want our Cherokee people to have access to the best quality care possible, and we know that starts with our physicians and stability as a key component,” Baker said. “Under this plan, every physician and advanced practitioner will see a raise.”

Across the country, recruiting doctors for rural health care settings has been a challenge, but Cherokee Nation’s turnover rate remains lower than comparable health care systems.

“Ideally, we never want to lose any of our physicians, but we know there are times they leave for larger cities or higher paying jobs just like any other industry, so we hope this move is one that will have a lasting impact,” said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Connie Davis. “As we build onto our health system and create new jobs, this compensation plan will have great timing.”

The Cherokee Nation plans to open a new outpatient health facility in 2019 that will create 800 new jobs.