Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, at right, and Choctaw Health Center Acting Director Tina Scott, left, welcome Dr. Juantina Johnson, center, to the CHC. Dr. Johnson will serve as the facility’s chief medical officer.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf --><br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->
Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, at right, and Choctaw Health Center Acting Director Tina Scott, left, welcome Dr. Juantina Johnson, center, to the CHC. Dr. Johnson will serve as the facility’s chief medical officer.

A new chief medical officer at Choctaw Health Center was announced last week at a welcoming reception.

Dr. Juantina Johnson, formerly of Rush Foundation Hospital in DeKalb, will serve as the administrator over the medical staff at the Choctaw Health Center.

The reception included remarks from Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, CHC Acting Director Tina Scott and Dr. Johnson herself.

"I am very optimistic about the addition of Dr. Johnson to our staff at the Choctaw Health Center," Chief Anderson said. "She brings a wealth of experience to the position and I am confident that she will be a great asset to our tribal healthcare system."

CHC Acting Director Tina Scott said she was excited to welcome Dr. Johnson.

"With the addition of Dr. Johnson, Choctaw Health Center is excited about this opportunity for change and improvements to the health care delivery system," she said.

"We must work together to continue our efforts for progress so our patients and communities receive the quality health care they need and deserve."

In addition to working at Rush, Dr. Johnson has worked at hospitals in Louisiana, including Chabert Medical Center near the United Houma Nation of Louisiana. She undertook her residency at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, through Louisiana State University's Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Program.

"I am honored to join the staff at the Choctaw Health Center," said Dr. Johnson. "My motto is, 'Serving the Underserved,' and my vision is to provide quality healthcare to the Choctaw community and tackle the barriers that prevent that care."

Dr. Johnson has contributed articles to multiple medical publications, including the Journal of The Louisiana State Medical Society. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Johnson is on the American Boards of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine and she is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.