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Big Cypress clinic to get new home

BIG CYPRESS — A roomy, two-story clinic is on the drawing board for Big Cypress Reservation.

“For all the good news we’ve had lately, every time I look at the plans for our new clinic, I feel like it’s the best news of all,” Big Cypress Councilman Mondo Tiger said.

The news was delivered at a recent community meeting at the Herman L. Osceola Gymnasium by Construction Management director William White, who displayed art renderings of the building’s planned design.

Most at the meeting were pleased with White’s description of the clinic, but the loudest applause came following the announcement that plans call for a kidney dialysis room.

“No more driving to Hollywood for treatment,” Councilman Tiger said.

The bottom floor of the 20,000-square-foot structure will feature a welcoming lobby, eight physician offices with examination rooms, a pharmacy and pharmacy drive through window, a full kitchen, an exercise room and a physical therapy room.

A pediatric suite and dental offices will take up much of the second floor. The top level will also feature a nurses station and other offices.

“There will be room for every one of the Health Department services in the building,” White said.

The new facility will replace the cluster of portable health service buildings on Josie Billie Highway across from the Frank Billie Field Office.

Councilman Tiger hopes to break ground on the project by early 2015.

Pediatricians and doctors will be scheduled as needed at first, but Councilman Tiger envisions eventually providing medical services around the clock.

“We are so isolated out here that we need to get help when needed,” he said. “Accidents don’t happen at certain times.”