Locum Tenens Week – Serving Indian Health Service

The mission of Indian Health Service (IHS) is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Wapiti Medical Staffing is proud to contribute to this mission through our partnership with IHS.

Wapiti works with Indian Health Service throughout the central United States to ensure that IHS sites have the staff available to function at their full capability. Working at IHS facilities offers our healthcare providers the opportunity to experience culturally rich environments while ensuring that American Indians receive necessary medical care. Another draw of working for IHS is that a healthcare provider may use any state medical license to work at an IHS facility.

Facts about the Indian Health Care System
(Source: IHS Fact Sheet; Data from 2017)
  • IHS oversees medical services for 573 federally recognized Tribes in the United States and serves a population of approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

  • Last year, IHS medical facilities had over 39,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 14 million outpatient visits. 

  • In addition to the locum tenens providers utilized, the Indian Health Care System employs approximately 15,500 people including:

    • 2,384 nurses
    • 731 physicians
    • 746 pharmacists 
    • 271 dentists
    • 131 physician assistants 
Pictured below are Gary Haynes, PA-C and Gretchen Baldwin, PA-C, two of Wapiti's locum tenens IHS practitioners.
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