Dr. Charles W. Grim – Cherokee, Recent Honoree
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Senior Director, Health Services

Cherokee Nation Health Services 


Charles W. Grim, D.D.S. is the Senior Director for Health Services for the Cherokee Nation.  As Senior Director for Health Services, Dr. Grim serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital (CNWWH).  He is also actively involved in helping expand the health industry sector of the Cherokee Nation.  CNWWH is a DNV-accredited, 60 bed hospital providing Obstetrical, Intensive Care and Medical/Surgical inpatient services and a wide range of outpatient services.  The hospital has over 650 employees and approximately 70 medical providers and a budget in excess of 70 million dollars.  The hospital provides approximately 1000 deliveries annually and has in excess of 4600 patient admissions, 13,000 inpatient days and over 265,000 outpatient visits.  Quality health care is provided to a patient population in excess of 142,000 in a primary service area covering over 4300 square miles; however patients receiving care here come from communities throughout the United States.

Prior to joining the Cherokee Nation Health Services leadership, Dr. Grim was appointed by President George W. Bush and received unanimous Senate confirmation as the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).  Dr. Grim administered the nationwide multi-billion dollar health care delivery program from August 2002 until September 2007.  The IHS is responsible for providing preventive, curative, and community health care to approximately 1.9 million of the Nation’s 3.3 million American Indians and Alaska Natives and is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people. The IHS is composed of 12 administrative Area (regional) Offices, which oversee local hospitals and clinics. Dr. Grim has a strong health management background and during a 26 year career with the IHS held numerous clinical, administrative and executive leadership positions within the Agency prior to being appointed its Director.

Dr. Grim is a native of Oklahoma and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.  He is a retired Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral (upper half) in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Services (USPHS).  Dr. Grim graduated from the University of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry in 1983, where he was recently named Alumni of the Year.  He is board certified in Dental Public Health and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.  In addition to his dentistry degree, Dr. Grim also holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.  Among his honors and awards are numerous U.S. Public Health Service Medals and Citations, including the U.S. Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medallion.  Dr. Grim has been listed in multiple editions of Marquis Who’s Who, including those editions of Who’s Who in America, in American Politics and in Medicine and Healthcare.  The state of Oklahoma has presented him with the Spirit Award and the Governor has honored him by issuing two proclamations citing the dates of his two Senate confirmation hearings as “Charles W. Grim Day” in the state.  He has also been presented the Health Leader of the Year award by the Commissioned Officers Association.  Dr. Grim is a member of numerous professional associations and boards.  He is married to Dr. Gloria Grim and they have 5 children.