The Choctaw Health Department is located in the Pearl River Community off State Highway16 approximately eight miles from Philadelphia, MS. It is a 58,800 square foot comprehensive health care center which opened under Tribal management in 1975. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians also manages three rural health clinics in the Choctaw communities of Bogue Chitto, Conehatta, and Red Water. Services provided at the health center include the following: Outpatient, Inpatient; ER; Dental; Physical Therapy; Radiology; Lab; Pharmacy; Diabetes Management and Prevention; Audiology Screening; Vision Screening; Behavioral Health Screening, Counseling and Referral for Treatment; Community Health Services; Environmental Health Services; and Women and Children's Wellness. The health center averages 100,000 patient visits per year. The rural clinics average approximately 3,000 visits per year. The number one health concern of the Tribe is Diabetes.

The overall missionof the Choctaw Health Department is to "raise the health status of the Choctaw people to the highest level possible". . . The vision is "to achieve a healthy community through holistics health care services in a culturally sensitive environment, in partner with satisfied customers, dedicated employees and the Choctaw community".


  • Choctaw Health Department received the "Hammer" Award from then Vice President Al Gore in 1996 for its outstanding management and service provision.
  • American Hospital Association Leadership Award 1996
  • Honoring Nations Award 1999
  • Mentoring and Supporting Award from the Tribal School System 2005-2006
  • Indian Health Service Chronic Care Innovations Award June 2008
  • Choctaw Health Center and its' three rural Clinics are Joint Commission and CAP accredited.