Sacaton, Arizona – In harmony with the vision of our forefathers, the Gila River Indian Community established Gila River Health Care to care for its people. Many years later, the Community is proud to announce the opening of its’ newest healthcare facility, Hau’pal (Red Tail Hawk) Health Center on August 1, 2018.
The new facility is a creation of unity and partnership with $73 million dollars in funding provided by Indian Health Service. The collaboration represents decades of perseverance and will establish Gila River Health Care (GRHC) as a key player in the delivery of regional tribal healthcare. Chairman of GRHC’s Board of Directors, Myron G. Schurz stated, “I am privileged to serve my Community during this time of growth. The opening of this state-of-the-art healthcare facility will help not only our people, but all Native Americans.”
Hau’pal (Red Tail Hawk) Health Center will significantly strengthen health care services for Native American patients living in central Arizona. The new outpatient health center has a projected user population of 15,220 GRIC members and other Native Americans from federally-recognized tribal communities. On March of 2018, Gila River Health Care began offering Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at the new facility in anticipation of later opening a full suite of outpatient healthcare services. Beginning August 1st, BHS will expand to include individual and group counseling for mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, all services will open on August 1st and include: Primary Care, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Medical Imaging, Physical Therapy, Women’s Health, Podiatry, Diabetes Care, Optometry, Audiology, Dental, Emergency Medical Services and Alternative Therapies. Service eligibility for patients is subject to Indian Health Service guidelines, and to determine eligibility, patients must contact their home service unit.
Historically, O’odham people have always been peaceful, caring, and hospitable. “It’s deeply embedded in our himdak (culture)”. The opening of the Hau’pal Health Center represents the end of decades of work, and more importantly, a victory for the members of the Gila River Indian Community.
Hau’pal (Red Tail Hawk) Health Center, a total of 139,400 sq. ft. is located at 3042 W. Queen Creek Road, Chandler, AZ 85286. The new facility marks the opening of Gila River Health Care’s third campus with the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital located in Sacaton and the Komatke Health Center in Laveen.
To find out if you are eligible for services, go to IHS.GOV, or more information about Hau’pal (Red Tail
Hawk) Health Center, visit GRHC.ORG/Haupal.