Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Completes Steel Topping and Roof on New Health Center

Scheduled to Open in October 2014

DOWAGIAC, MI--(Marketwired - Apr 29, 2014) - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is pleased to announce that it recently completed the steel topping and roof on its Pokagon Health and Wellness Center, which is scheduled to open in October 2014. The new 35,000 square foot building is located west of the existing administration building on Sink Road in Dowagiac. It will feature a medical clinic, dental suite, pharmacy, traditional healing area, and behavioral health services. The building will be LEED Gold Certified, which means that it is an environmentally friendly, energy efficient building. Additionally, all materials and colors of the health center reflect the Pokagon Band's culture, similar to its administration building

"We are thrilled to proceed with construction on our Health and Wellness Center, which will provide comprehensive medical services to Pokagon Citizens and other Native Americans," said John P. Warren, Chairman, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. "Several Pokagon Citizens have also been working on the construction of the building under the direction of our general contractor, The Christman Company."

The Pokagon Health and Wellness Center will provide direct patient care in the areas of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of acute and chronic illness, with an emphasis on health and wellness. The medical clinic is designed for three doctors, each with an exam room. The dental suite can accommodate two dentists and four dental chairs. The physical therapy area will have a therapy pool that has room for six people at a time and will also have resistance machines allowing people to swim against the current. An exercise area will include fitness machines, restrooms, lockers and showers. 

About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 4,800 citizens. The Pokagon Band's ten county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov.

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