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OUR MISSION AND VISION:
Mission: To be a leader in Excellence, meeting community members needs through coordinated, patient-centered, comprehensive health and wellness service that includes education, collaboration and patient sensitivity.
Vision: Peter Christensen Health Center will continue to grow, offering a wide variety of high-quality, integrated services and competent professionals as defined by the patient that meets the needs of our community in a patient-centered and collaborative system.
The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has inhabited this area since 1745 when Chief Keeshkemun led the Band to the area. The Band acquired the name 'Lac du Flambeau' from its gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight. The name Lac du Flambeau, or 'Lake of the Torches', refers to this practice and was given to the Band by the French traders and trappers who visited the area.
In 1849, the US Department of the Interior assumed the responsibility for the delivery of health services to American Indians/Alaska Natives. The Lac du Flambeau Reservation was officially established by the Treaty of 1854. Finally, the responsibility of health care was transferred from the US Department of the Interior to the US Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service - Indian Health Service (IHS) in 1955.
Lac du Flambeau's Chippewa Health Center was established around 1976-1977 after the passage of the 638 law entitled the Indian Self-Determination Education & Assistance Act (ISDEAA, 1975) which allowed local decision-making for Tribes like Lac du Flambeau. The Chippewa Health Center was originally located in the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Center for government and was eventually named Peter Christensen Health Center (PCHC) before moving to its' current location in 2008 with the construction of a new facility.