Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Shiprock - Northern Navajo Medical Center
The Northern Navajo Medical Center
P.O. Box 160, Hwy 491 North
Shiprock, NM 87420
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Hours of Operation
Northern Navajo Medical Center Outpatient Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
24 x7 Emergency Facility
Toadlena Field Clinic: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sanostee Field Clinic: Tuesdays and Thursdays (except 2nd Tuesday), 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Who should I call?
Medical Staff Recruitment Contact:
Mr. Christopher Bench, Recruitment Contact
Nursing Recruitment Contact:
Winifred Howard, RN, Nurse Recruiter
Human Resources Department
Gloria Redhorse-Charley, Human Resource Specialist
The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico is located in the Four Corners area of the United States where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah meet. Northern Navajo Medical Center is one of five facilities located within the Shiprock Service Unit. The Shiprock Service Unit is the largest service unit of the Navajo Nation.
Approximately 80,837 Native Americans (mostly Navajo) are enrolled at Northern Navajo Medical Center. The inpatient load is 29 per day and the outpatient volume averages 600 per day.
A variety of services are available including internal medicine, family practice, urgent and emergency care, pediatrics, general surgery, women's health, mental health, respiratory therapy, outpatient rehabilitation services, pharmacy, optometry, dental, public health nursing, social services, health promotion/disease prevention, radiology, laboratory and benefits coordination.
Northern Navajo Medical Center employs 827 full-time employees. The medical staff consists of 50 physicians and 20 mid-level providers.
Northern Navajo Medical Staff work with a variety of other facilities both locally and nationally. Specialists are consulted both within the IHS system, as well as outside our system. We have strong relationships with private providers in the Four Corners region, as well as at University of New Mexico, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Nearby are recreation opportunities that include fishing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. Telluride, Durango, Canyonlands, Grand Gulch, the Colorado River, the San Juan River, several large lakes, and the Colorado Wilderness areas are just short drives away.
Recruitment Powerpoint Presentation [PDF - 1.5 MB]
National Health Service Corps Links (Read Dr. Heather Kovich's NHSC member story.)
Corps Experience Member Stories (View videos of NNMC CEO, Fanessa Comer and Family Medicine provider, Dr. Sara Michaels.)