In December of 2016, Shawn Terry was first confirmed as the Secretary of Health for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and received his second confirmation in May 2020.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is comprised of more than 90,000 citizens throughout the United States and serves over 45,000 patients inside two acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, six outpatient health centers and an employee health center. In August 2021, the Department of Health purchased the former Cancer Treatment Centers of America, renaming the facility Council Oak Comprehensive Healthcare. This new specialty hospital is slated to being inpatient care late summer 2022. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health has more than one thousand employees.
Mr. Terry graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., with a Bachelor's of Science in Health and Human Performance. After graduation, he started his career at Cherokee Nation as a Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Educator. During his seventeen years at Cherokee Nation, he served in various roles from a physician recruiter to the Senior Director of Health Operations. Prior to his position at Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Mr. Terry was the Vice President of Strategic Outreach and Tribal Relations at the Hillcrest Health System in Tulsa, Okla., and spent two years also building the regional market for the Lovelace Health System in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mr. Terry has served on the boards of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Hillcrest Hospitals in Henryetta and Claremore and the Bailey Medical Center in Owasso, Oklahoma.