The Gila River Indian Community assumed management of Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital and the Gila Crossing Health Center under the Gila River Health Care in 1995. Hu Hu Kam Memorial, a 10-bed hospital. is located in Sacaton, thirty miles south of Phoenix, Arizona. It provides a wide range of primary health care services to its population including that of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation. Gila Crossing Health Center, a freestanding clinic, is located in the Village of Gila Crossing in District 6 of the Gila River Indian Community. It provides a number of comprehensive health services.
Through growth and change, the Gila River Health Care remains committed to provide quality medical care to meet the health needs of the community. lt's vision is to build a healthy organization and community that is multi-centered and a provider of superior comprehensive community oriented health care.
Timeline of Important Dates
1968: Gila River Tribal Leaders began planning and lobbying for a new hospital.
1975: The Indian Self-Determination Act, P.L. 93-638, passed.
1988: In February, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital opened. The name "Hu Hu Kam" was chosen to commemorate "those who are gone." The hospital was funded at 65% of staffing and equipment needs by Indian Health Service (IHS).
1992: President Clinton balanced budget initiative reducing administrative costs and reducing federal employees.
1993: Tribal leaders successfully lobbied for additional funds. 76% of staffing and equipment needs were funded.
1994: The Tribal Council approved application for an Il-IS tribal management grant to conduct a feasibility study. Among the objectives of the study were to determine if it is possible to serve the entire Gila River Indian Community from the hospital, to determine if it is a financially responsible decision for the community to undertake the operation of the hospital, and to determine if the community has adequate management capabilities and systems to allow it to assume operation of the hospital.
Results of the feasibility study recommended that the community assume responsibility from lHS for the operation and management of both Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital and Gila Crossing Clinic. The goal was simple: to protect what was currently in place and avoid further reductions.
The Executive Committee of the hospital began to establish its own administrative systems, namely finance, personnel, procurement, contract health, and billing.
1995: On October 1, the 638 contract was awarded. With no shares or start up dollars available, Systems Task Force Committees were established to develop and implement Finance, Personnel, Procurement, Property, Managed Care, and Patient Business. The goal was to become independent of the Federal Bureaucracy.
1997: GRHCC opened a clinic in the Ak Chin Community.
A Dental Aide program was implemented.
1998: Orthodontics program was implemented and funded by Tobacco Tax. Expanded the eyeglass program with Tobacco Tax funding. Behavioral Health Clinic became a GRHCC department.
1999: NIH Data Coordinating Center transferred to GRHCC.
Began School Nursing Program.
2001: Expansion and renovation of the Dental Department with Tobacco Tax funding. Opened a state of the art center for physical therapy and exercise. The building was named the Su Pu Kum Ke. Expanded the Gila Crossing Clinic into a new modular building that was funded by Tobacco Tax.
2002: Received Critical Access Hospital designation.
2003: Ak Chin clinic moved to a new larger modular building.
2004: 18,500 sq. ft. Behavioral Health Services Building constructed for BHC, RBHC, School Nursing and Information Systems training.
2009: Gila Crossing Clinic moved to the spacious, 75,000 sq. ft. Komatke Health Center.
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