History

history-21976  IHCRC formed after a survey revealed medical needs of Tulsa’s Indians were not being met. IHCRC was initially organized under the umbrella of the Native American Coalition of Tulsa. Beginning with a staff of four employees, the first health care services for outreach and referral services were provided via a contract with the Indian Health Service (IHS).

1977  Direct health care was first offered. IHCRC moved from 31st and Sheridan to 8th and Denver. The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) supplemental food and nutrition program was added via contract with the Cherokee Nation.

1978  IHCRC was incorporated as an Oklahoma non-profit organization at the recommendation of the Health Committee of the Native American Coalition Board.

1979  IHCRC moved to 915 S. Cincinnati. This two-story, 12,000 foot building was built in the 1930’s as a medical clinic. history-bldg

1980  Indian Family Services (Indian Child Welfare), “family break-up” prevention services, and mental health services were first offered.

1981  Dental care was added to the health care scope as was a Community Gardening program, emphasizing nutrition education and economic self-sufficiency.

1982  Computerization arrived and quality assurance programs were initiated.

1983  An adolescent component was added to Indian Family Services. Visual acuity screenings were offered for the first time.

1984  Early Childhood Development program was added to Indian Family Services. Diabetes education classes began and a volunteer program was established. Outpatient alcoholism counseling began.

1985  Mental health services became a full-time program. IHCRC developed a national model program for high-risk Indian adolescents. A substance abuse group began meeting on a weekly basis.

1986  Radiology equipment was installed to allow x-ray services on site.

1987  Optometry and hearing services were added. Fetal alcohol syndrome counseling and prevention services were added and the Indian Family Services program was expanded to include a Child Court Advocate.

1988  Behavioral Health Department added outpatient chemical dependency counseling, temporary child placement, and adolescent self-esteem programs.

1989  HIV counseling and community education program was added, and the adolescent self-esteem model was selected as a State model program.

1990  After operating for many years with only a dispensary for medications, IHCRC opened an in-house state-licensed pharmacy. Mammography services became available. IHCRC received an Administration for Native American grant to promote economic development opportunities in the Indian community.

1991  The first Dance of Two Moons was held.

1992  IHCRC Economic Development department established the American Indian Entertainment business venture, generating revenues for IHCRC and providing jobs for local American Indians. The first of two Tallasi Winter Art Festivals was held.

1995  In cooperation with national health program initiatives, IHCRC secured a number of grants to expand childhood immunization efforts, HIV education, women’s health services, and youth leadership programs. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority launched the new SoonerCare program.

1996  IHCRC joined Tulsa’s Community HealthNet Consortium as a founding member.

1997  IHCRC received a five-year grant from the IHS to prevent, reduce, or treat the family stressors that lead to child abuse, neglect, and family violence. A full-time case manager was added to the prenatal program in a partnership program supported by Healthy Start grant.

1998  Diabetes prevention program was expanded with the benefit of a national, multi-year grant from the IHS. Construction of a new facility commenced with a groundbreaking ceremony.

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1999  IHCRC moved to its current location at 6th and Peoria. The new facility accommodated all of IHCRC’s services under one roof in a wheelchair accessible single-story structure.

2000  REACH physical education program began.

2001  Health Education and Wellness Department established. IHCRC celebrates its 25th anniversary. REACH summer youth camps started. IHCRC became an ODMHSAS drug court substance abuse treatment contractor.

2002  Achieved accreditation from Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAACH).

2003  IHCRC began acquiring property to the west for future campus expansion.

2004  Pharmacy added a robotic automation dispensing system. Indian Youth Program was established.

2005  “Heart Savers” cardiovascular disease risk reduction demonstration project began. IHCRC’s satellite office on Main Street was opened to accommodate overflow of services due to shortage of space in main clinic.

2006  Dental department upgraded to utilize electronic medical records and digital imaging systems.

2007  Completed phase I of campus expansion with construction of Employee Parking lot to the west of the clinic. The first Annual Restoring Harmony Powwow was held.

2008  Medical Department became “Reach Out and Read” partners to promote early childhood reading. Facility Expansion Team completed design for future building expansion. The first Annual Teddy Bear Clinic was held.

2009  Phase II of campus expansion began with groundbreaking ceremony for major facility expansion and renovation project. Health Education and Wellness Department began “Tulsa Healthy Lifestyles” program.

2010  Converted diagnostic imaging equipment from film-based system to a fully digital x-ray and mammography system.

aerial with more cars2011  Completed expansion and renovation project, doubling the size of facility, and integrating all services back to the main campus. IHCRC began implementation of Electronic Health Records.

2012  “The Healer” sculpture was installed at the facility entrance. IHCRC launched the Drive-Thru Flu Clinic. Pharmacy added a second robotic automation dispensing system.

2013 “Games Along the Way,” a sister sculpture piece to “The Healer,” was installed. Medicine Wheel Park was dedicated.