Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, July 13

Dilkon Wellness Center nearing completion

<i>Courtesy photo</i><br>
A construction worker stands near the front entrance to the nearly completed Dilkon Wellness Center.

<i>Courtesy photo</i><br> A construction worker stands near the front entrance to the nearly completed Dilkon Wellness Center.

DILKON, Ariz. - The Dilkon Wellness Center, currently under development with a partnership between Dilkon Chapter and Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP), is about 85 percent completed. Contractors are waiting on Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to hook up the power and natural gas lines to finish the rest of work.

At the project meeting on site, Carol J. Davis, Chapter Community Service Coordinator, said she would be going to Window Rock again to follow-up with NTUA to begin work. In the meantime, the proposed grand opening that was scheduled for Sept. 17 has been pushed back to mid-October.

The U.S. Modular Group out of Chandler provided the building in accordance with design specifications provided by architect Loren Sadler of Winslow. The Dilkon Chapter awarded the infrastructure and extension line work to Sierra Building System of Show Low.

The Dilkon Service Area Office of the NNSDP reports that people have been calling from local and surrounding communities inquiring when the wellness center will be opened to the public.

Major work that still needs to be done includes getting rubberized floor matting to be installed in addition to carpet for the offices. After the flooring is completed, office furnishings and exercise equipment will be installed along with video and audio equipment.

"We are looking forward to having the wellness center completed in the near future and it will greatly add to the wellness and health of our communities," said Thomascita Tsosie, supervisor for the Dilkon Service Area. "We have people calling us from as far away as Jeddito, Greasewood, Leupp, and Birdsprings who are willing to use the wellness center."

Randall Comb who has been coordinating the development of the wellness center said that NNSDP has expended all its funding for wellness centers and would not be involved with any more due to federal regulations.

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