Indian Health Care celebrates its 30th Anniversary
2006 was a year of celebration for Indian Health Care Resource Center as we observed our 30th anniversary. It is clear we have come a long way from those first days when we opened our doors with a staff of just four employees. Our special 2006 commemorative annual report recounts the chronology of our growth and the breadth and depth of our current services.
Keeping up with our patients' need for care has been a challenge in recent years. Since we moved into our new facility in 1999, we have more than doubled the size our staff to respond to the health needs of our patients. In the past seven years we have seen our census of active patients increase from 10,300 to 16,000 unduplicated patients and our patient volume grow from 39,000 annual visits in 1999 to 75,000 visits in fiscal year 2006.
The pressures for more space have continued as we have expanded our services with funding from new state contracts and federal grants. As a stopgap measure, we have leased 10,000 square feet of space at a 16tth and Main satellite office to relocate the WIC nutritional program, the Circles of Care behavioral health staff, the Drug Court program and much of our Health and Wellness staff.
We are now moving forward with long-range solutions to expand our main facility. With the purchase of land to the west of main facility we are constructing a 171-car parking lot on our expanded campus. In 2007 the IHCRC Board of Trustees will complete plans for a major capital improvement project to double the size of our health center by constructing a 28,000 square foot addition to our facility. Our strategic plan supports the growth of expanded preventive health, health education and healthy lifestyle programs. Our facility plan will add much needed space for our medical, wellness, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment programs.
Indian Health Care Resource Center is a key part of Tulsa's health care safety net that provides affordable primary care services to meet the health care needs of Tulsa's Indian community.
See History section to read more about Indian Health Care Resouce Center of Tulsa's early years and future plans or download the 2006 IHCRC Annual ReportIHCRC Annual Report 2006
Annual reports are published each year in November. This year's annual report focuses on IHCRC's 30th anniversary.