Fond du Lac Band Breaks Ground for $13M Health Care Expansion

August 14, 2015 09:57 PM

Construction is underway on the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's largest-ever health care project.

The band is spending $13 million of its own money to expand the Center for American Indian Resources in Duluth.  Chairwoman Karen Diver said the expansion will allow them to double the size of the staff at the facility to about 100 employees, and add more services.

"We're pleased to not only add capacity to the existing services, but look at those gaps in services for Native people in this community so that we can continue to move Native people towards wellness, self-sufficiency, self-determination, and so that we can enjoy our place in this great community," Diver said.

The new 30,000-square-foot facility at 211 West 4th Street will include medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, behavioral health, and chemical dependency treatment programs, along with public health and social services.

The Fond du Lac Band has been providing health care to American Indians for more than 30 years and has more than 320 employees at health care facilities in Duluth, Cloquet, and Minneapolis.

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