Navajo Health Foundation – Sage Memorial Hospital, Inc.
(“Navajo Sage”) is pleased to announce that it has concluded
an agreement to settle its multi-year lawsuit against Indian
Health Services (“IHS”) and other federal government
defendants related to a dispute over funding to Navajo Sage for
health care services within the Navajo Nation. Under the terms
of the settlement agreement, Navajo Sage will receive close to
$200,000,000 over three years. The settlement includes a sizeable
up-front cash payment, with additional revenues provided
through a new three year P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination
and Education Assistance Act (“ISDEAA”) contract for the
continued provision of health care services by Navajo Sage to the
Diné, and other considerations.
“This is a significant agreement for Navajo Sage and IHS,” said Stenson D. Wauneka, Chair Navajo Sage. “We are no longer
adversaries and we can move forward and build our relationship to improve healthcare within the Navajo Nation.” Mr.
Wauneka also stated that the settlement will not reduce funding to other Navajo Nation hospitals because the up-front cash
payment does not come out of IHS’ budget.
Navajo Sage will have additional statements in the near future about its health care system master plan and expansion of
The Navajo Sage Board of Directors and Management are grateful for the support and trust of the community as Sage worked
to resolve this dispute and increase the level of health care provided within the Navajo Nation.
For further information, please contact:
o Razaghi Healthcare, Project Manager
o Phone: (480) 815-0928
o email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Navajo Sage Hospital
Navajo Sage is an award-winning hospital with a mission to provide quality healthcare services in a fiscally responsible manner
focusing on the patient’s physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Navajo Sage believes that adhering to its Mission and Core
Values is of the utmost importance in maintaining its high standards of quality health care for the Diné.
About Razaghi Healthcare
Razaghi Healthcare is the industry expert in assisting Native Nations to create healthcare systems that result in
the highest quality of health care for their communities. Razaghi’s entrepreneurial team provides unique
knowledge and expertise in P.L. 93-638 Indian Self-Determination contracting, and the development and
operations of hospitals. The Navajo Sage Board hired Razaghi Healthcare as its management. Ahmad R.
Razaghi, CEO was awarded the Managerial Excellence Award by the Department of Health and Human
Services, Indian Health Services.