Three Affiliated Tribes taking over health care delivery

New Town, North Dakota (AP) 5-08

Officials of the Three Affiliated Tribes have named a chief executive officer of the tribal health center as part of the tribes’ move to take over health care delivery on the Fort Berthold reservation.

Dr. Monica Mayer, a family practice physician and an enrolled tribal member, is being installed as the CEO at the Minni-Tohe Health Center, west of New Town.

The tribes are taking over the management of health care services on the reservation from the Indian Health Service. A new health center is planned.

Aileen Jackson, the tribal health director, said the Three Affiliated Tribes are the first in the region to complete the contract process for taking over health care management from the IHS, which has provided health care on the reservation since the late 1950s.

Jackson said the majority of IHS health center employees have stayed on with the tribal facility. The change is an attempt to “provide better health services to tribal members,” Jackson said.