Old Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital

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City/Town: Talihina
Location Class: GovernmentHospital
Year Built: 1937-1938 | Year Abandoned: 1998-1999
Historic Designation: Native American Heritage Site
Status: Vacant
Photojournalist: James Kirkendall

Vacant for many years the former Choctaw Hospital stands as a remnant of the progress of healthcare for the nation’s tribal members. Often, this building is mistaken for the Eastern State Oklahoma Sanitorium. The Old Choctaw Nation Hospital stands tucked away in the center of a small rural community. Twenty – five buildings make up the campus with some buildings used as housing for employees of the Nation’s health system. At one time these buildings were used and operated as doctors offices, nurses quarters, and additional patient cottages. The now fenced off old hospital building was constructed in 1937 and 1938 on the order of the Bureau of Indian Affairs by the architectural firm Schmidt, Garden, & Erikson. It includes Brick, Tudor Revivals, and Italian Renaissance styles. Even though the hospital was once used for general practice the original intent was for it to be used as a Tuberculosis Sanitorium for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations.

The Indian Health Service originally operated the hospital until the Choctaw Nation compacted with the United States to provide healthcare services directly to American Indians within its jurisdiction in 1995. In 1999 the Choctaw Nation was the first tribe to build its own hospital replacing the old hospital. Nowadays, the Choctaw Nation Health System has state of the art clinics including the towns such as Durant, Atoka, Broken Bow, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Poteau, and Stigler. Although Durant is the Choctaw Nation headquarters the small and charming town of Talihina remains the center of its healthcare. Overall, the healthcare of the Nation has increasingly improved over the years for all tribal members.

The Old Hospital building is not open to the public and the property is monitored at all times.

For information on the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority please visit:
https://www.choctawnation.com/tribal-services/health-services-authority

 

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Jeannie Baker
Jeannie Baker
1 month ago

I was brought to this hospital from Houston by my husband’s family. I was very ill with graves disease and I had no insurance. I have spent a great deal of time under different circumstances. In some of the so called best hospitals in the world. None of them were as clean and ran as efficiently as this hospital. I was treated with respect and kindness. I will never forget the experience. I felt as though I mattered and I certainly received healing.

Rebecca Nichter
Rebecca Nichter
1 month ago

My mother father grandparents and my brother and I were all born at this hospital.

Mike
1 month ago

Thank you for this report. Your photos do real justice to this hospital. You have a wonderful eye for color and your use of perspective and space made this an interesting and informative tour. The photo of the bedpan sanitizer made me laugh.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh
1 month ago

Great photos, really enjoyed this post 🙂

Jarvis
Jarvis
1 month ago

This is amazing! Great job Abandoned Oklahoma!

Makayla
Makayla
1 month ago

I was born here in 1996. My mom and dad worked there for a long time. Really wish I could just walk through it just to see where everything was.

Elvis
Elvis
1 month ago

My uncle passed away there in 1996. I wish I could visit that place

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