I want to express sincere compassion for the people in California who have suffered due to the recent mudslides. Our heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in such a tragic manner. It seems that each month there is another disastrous event in the United States. My fervent wish is that there are adequate resources in the state to see the cleanup completed in a timely manner.
If you know Potawatomi tribal members affected by the tragedy, please have them contact CPN Workforce & Social Services at 405-878-3854 and request to speak with someone who works with the hardship program.
I would like to brag about the CPN Health Services. Little did I know back in the 1980s and ’90s that our health services would someday grow to the magnitude of quality that we enjoy today. We have made wonderful progress. The vision of Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett and others brought us to this advanced position, and the best is yet to come. Kudos to those who guard the health of our tribal families and employees.
CPN Health Services Director Chris Skillings, Medical Director Dr. Adam Vascellaro and all of the excellent medical professionals and support staff stand ready to serve as our people battle everyday illnesses like the flu, bronchitis and strep throat. Additionally, CPN Health Services providers tackle illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, mental and behavioral disorders and an array of other illnesses. Whoever dreamed that we would have advanced dental, optometry, pediatric and physical therapy programs?
Our pharmacy program is dynamite, providing more than 220,200 prescriptions last year. Our medical services are complete with the CPN Wellness Center. One can easily say that CPN provides services for the entire wellness of the mind and body.
These are a sample of the many services that both of our clinic locations provide. I applaud everyone in the past and present who has made our health services the best in (and out) of Indian Country.
The best is yet to come? CPN is in the process of building an imaging center at the West Clinic location. Hopefully, the state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center will be in operation by the end of this year. Presently, our health services include limited imaging with X-ray, ultrasound and mammography equipment. The new imaging center will be comprised of CT, MRI and mammography equipment. There will also be a new ultrasound machine at the center. The X-ray equipment will remain at the East Clinic near headquarters.
All of this is a world of good news for our contract health services — no longer depending on outside sources for the greatest part of imaging needs. Our people will vastly appreciate the convenience as well as the cost savings to CPN.
This year will be a good one for CPN Health Services, and the services provided will expand its greatness. As you can tell, I am extremely proud of our medical facilities and services at CPN. Plus, there is more to come that I will let Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett share with you concerning health services.
We are truly blessed.
Thank you for allowing me to be your Vice-Chairman all of these years. May you have a grand 2018!
(Black Bird Woman)