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Mescalero Service Unit

picture of Mescalero Indian Hospital The 13-bed Mescalero Indian Hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient services, supplemented by a number of field health programs, some of which are conducted by the Mescalero Tribe itself. Inpatient care generally consists of pediatric and medical care. Patients requiring surgical, orthopedic and othe specialized services are referred to contract hospitals in the area, with follow-up care provided at the Mescalero Hospital where needed.

The hospital has a very active outpatient department with several specialty clinics; i.e.,diabetic, well baby, and prenatal. Support services are provided by on-site laboratory and radiology departments.

The Field Health Program supports health and safety standards within the community through field visits, surveys, clinics, environmental health services and sanitary facilities construction projects.


Health Care Team
Clinical Psychologists
Dental Officers
Dental Assistants
Health Educators
Laboratory Technologists
Laboratory Technicians
Medical Officers
Medical Records Staff
Nurses
Nutritionists
Pharmacists
Radiology Technicians
Social Workers
Substance Abuse Counselors

The Mescalero Tribe
The Mescalero Apaches, whose current population of over 3000 is steadily growing, mostly reside in Mescalero, New Mexico. The Reservation, established by Treaty in 1873, consists of 460,000 acres nestled in the foothills of the Sacremento and Sierra Mountains. Orginally a mountain hunting and fighting people, the Apache were respected for their remarkable hardihood and fighting skills. The Mescalero were the first to offer the U.S. Forest Service a trained and organized unit of fire fighters to put down fires in the Southwest.

picture of teepee The Apache were part of a large ethnic group who moved down into the Southwest around 1500 AD. They incorporated some of the traits of the Plains Indians with whom they came into contact, including use of the tipi. Part of this group split off to become the Apache de Navajo, now the Navajo Nation. The Mescalero Apaches, descendants of Geronimo and Cochise, are closely related to the Chiricahua.

The bulk of tribal income comes from timber sales, with individuals often involved with cattle production or farming. The Tribe also owns and operates several profitable enterprises, including the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a luxury resort, and Ski Apache. Long known for fierce independence, the Mescalero Apaches are committed to a number of entrepreneurial and community activities that support and maintain their people. Yet, there is a close-knit, friendly feeling to the community, where the Mescalero Service Unit staff work with all other tribal members toward common goals of highest quality health care and tribal development.


The Reservation
The Mescalero Apaches, whose current population of over 3000 is steadily growing, mostly reside in Mescalero, New Mexico. The Reservation, established by Treaty in 1873, consists of 460,000 acres nestled in the foothills of the Sacremento and Sierra Mountains. Orginally a mountain hunting and fighting people, the Apache were respected for their remarkable hardihood and fighting skills. The Mescalero were the first to offer the U.S. Forest Service a trained and organized unit of fire fighters to put down fires in the Southwest.

The Apache were part of a large ethnic group who moved down into the Southwest around 1500 AD. They incorporated some of the traits of the Plains Indians with whom they came into contact, including use of the tipi. Part of this group split off to become the Apache de Navajo, now the Navajo Nation. The Mescalero Apaches, descendants of Geronimo and Cochise, are closely related to the Chiricahua.

The bulk of tribal income comes from timber sales, with individuals often involved with cattle production or farming. The Tribe also owns and operates several profitable enterprises, including the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a luxury resort, and Ski Apache. Long known for fierce independence, the Mescalero Apaches are committed to a number of entrepreneurial and community activities that support and maintain their people. Yet, there is a close-knit, friendly feeling to the community, where the Mescalero Service Unit staff work with all other tribal members toward common goals of highest quality health care and tribal development.


Contact Information
Mescalero Service Unit
P.O. Box 210
Mescalero, New Mexico 88340
Phone: (505) 671-4441


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