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Casey Cooper

Casey Cooper is a strong advocate for health equity especially quality healthcare for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  As the Chief Executive Officer of the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Casey focused his entire career on the health system and health-related needs of approximately 15,500 enrolled Tribal Members.   


Casey received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Gardner-Webb University, an MBA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a former Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 


For 24 years, Casey has worked in the healthcare field in various roles ranging from direct patient care to advocacy and policy development on the national level. His nursing career highlights include working within Primary Care Nursing and Community Health Nursing.  He also served as a Nurse Educator and Nursing Manager.  As Health Director for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from 1999 to 2004, he help shape current Tribal health policy, and focused on health system development and chronic disease prevention.  Under his professional guidance, the Tribe assumed the management responsibilities of the Cherokee Indian Hospital from Indian Health Services through the Indian Self-Determination Agreement.   


Casey actively participates on the following notable boards and committees: 

  • Western Carolina University Board of Trustees
  • Dogwood Health Trust Board of Directors
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center Board of Directors
  • CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Committee
  • IHS Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board
  • American Hospital Association Rural Health Task force
  • United South and Eastern Tribes Health Committee member
  • NC Medical Care Advisory Committee
  • Cherokee Historical Association Board of Directors


Casey and his wife, Jill, have three children; son Jack, and daughters Kate and Mary.  They reside in the Birdtown Community in Cherokee, North Carolina.