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  1. Inventory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam

    Mill Creek recently had our inventory and charrette at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for the initial outfitting and transition of the new Working Dog Treatment Facility.

    Inventory is the first step in our initial outfitting and transition planning process. We use our detailed inventory analysis is as the basis to determine recommendations for equipment replacement, reuse ,and disposition. Our asset tracking also prevents unnecessary procurement expenses and expedites the process of decommissioning vacated facilities.

    We are proud of our inventory team for their hard work. We are partnering with VVELL Studio on this project, who is working on the interior design portion of the project.

    Mill Creek’s team all geared up for the site investigation.
    Exterior of existing Vet Treatment Facility.
    Mill Creek and VVELL Studio’s team selecting finishes at the charrette.
    Mill Creek and VVELL team enjoying dinner together.
    Our team appreciated the beauty of the island in between their hard work.
  2. Prairie Band Health Services & Mill Creek on VHA Integrated Critical Staffing Programs IDIQ with Wellpath and Prime Physicians Team

    [HOLTON, KAN., Feb. 2, 2024] – Prairie Band Health Services (PBHS) and Mill Creek are proud to announce that they are part of the Wellpath and Prime Physicians team that has won a spot on the Veterans Health Agency (VHA), Integrated Critical Staffing Programs (ICSP) IDIQ. 

    VHA ICSP is a prestigious $23 billion IDIQ contract supporting America’s largest integrated health care system. The system supports over 1,200 facilities, including 171 medical centers and over 1,100 outpatient facilities. The team looks forward to supporting the 9 million veterans who are enrolled in the VHA health system.

    The contract vehicle will assist in meeting the shortage within the labor market across a range of medical occupations, including a variety of specialist positions that PBHS has filled on their other contracts. Some examples are physicians, social workers, nurses, radiologic and medical technicians and technologists.

    Mill Creek is also on the VHA ICSP contract, providing biomedical equipment technician (BMET) services, which they have years of experience providing on US Army Corps of Engineers contracts. This is an excellent opportunity for Mill Creek to expand their services throughout the federal government customer base that spans the entire country.

    The contract vehicle will provide staffing through a pool of highly qualified Veteran Integrated Teams that will support three occupational series (task areas) across the vehicle. Each of these teams will fully support the requirements across all task areas for task orders won. These teams will be led by Veteran Integrated Team Agile Leads that will be responsible for mission readiness, contractor personnel, comprehensive management, materials, equipment, facilities and supervision in accordance with the base contract and task orders.

    The Prairie Band, LLC mission is to maximize the unique sovereign status of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to expand and diversify the economic portfolio of the Nation. With the ultimate goal of Tribal economic self-sufficiency, Prairie Band, LLC adheres to the following core principles: respect the past, capitalize on current opportunities and contribute to a stable economic future for the Nation. For more information about Prairie Band, LLC, please visit

    Wellpath, Prime Physicians, Prairie Band Health Services & Mill Creek Logos
  3. Prairie Band, LLC Expands Portfolio with Acquisitions of Burgos Group and Get Volts®

    [Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, July 7, 2023] – Prairie Band, LLC is excited to announce the acquisition of Burgos Group and Get Volts®, further bolstering Prairie Band, LLC’s strength in the federal government contracting sector. Burgos Group offers general and electrical construction, facilities operations, logistics and professional technical services, while Get Volts® is a national full-service electrical service provider.

    “The addition of Burgos Group and Get Volts® to our portfolio aligns perfectly with our long-term vision,” said CEO of Prairie Band, LLC Jacob Wamego. “This strategic move enables us to expand our range of services and enhance our ability to provide industry leading construction solutions to our clients. We are confident that the integration of these exceptional companies will fuel our growth and position us at the forefront of the industry.”

    Burgos Group

    Burgos Group is a graduate of the SBA’s 8(a) program with an exceptional track record of delivering successful projects across the United States for 14 federal agencies. Consistently delivering high-quality projects, Burgos Group has established itself as a trusted partner for federal agency clients. Along with this acquisition, former CEO of Burgos Group Mario Burgos will assume the role of Chief Strategy Officer at Prairie Band, LLC.

    “We are thrilled to join forces with Prairie Band, a dynamic organization that shares our commitment to excellence and service,” said Mario Burgos. “This strategic partnership will enable us to scale our operations and deliver even greater value to our clients. I am excited to leverage our collective strengths and contribute to the continued success of Prairie Band.”

    “This acquisition not only validates the hard work and dedication of our team, but also allows us to strengthen our position in the market and expand our capabilities in the construction industry,” said David Burgos, who will continue leading Burgos Group as Chief Operating Officer for Construction Services. “I am honored to be part of this journey and look forward to leading our talented team towards a future of continued success.”

    Get Volts®

    Get Volts® is a commercial electrical contractor with public and private sector customers. More than 80% of Get Volts® business comes from repeat customers and the company has had operations in New Mexico for over 40 years.

    The acquisition of Burgos Group and Get Volts® marks a significant milestone in Prairie Band’s
    growth strategy, strengthening its position as a growing player in the federal construction space. By integrating the expertise and capabilities of these two exceptional companies, Prairie Band is poised to offer comprehensive, end-to-end solutions that meet the demands of an ever- changing construction landscape.

    The Prairie Band, LLC mission is to maximize the unique sovereign status of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to expand and diversify the economic portfolio of the Nation. With the ultimate goal of Tribal economic self-sufficiency, Prairie Band, LLC adheres to the following core principles: respect the past, capitalize on current opportunities and contribute to a stable economic future for the Nation. For more information about Prairie Band, LLC, please visit

    Mario Burgos, Chief Strategy Officer
    Phone: 505.933.6609

  4. New Mill Creek Vice President Rockell Otero

    Mill Creek is thrilled to welcome our new Vice President, Rockell Otero! While Rockell is new to this role, she is not new to Mill Creek, having worked the past 9 years for our parent company, Prairie Band, LLC. Rockell is serving alongside Senior Vice President Jennifer Hansford, who has been with Mill Creek for 12 years.

    About Rockell

    Rockell Otero is a highly accomplished financial and contracting professional with experience across various industries, including initial outfitting, retail, construction, healthcare, energy services, and government contracting. Within Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell has held several key positions, including Financial Controller, CFO & Secretary, and Project Manager. Her proven track record in these roles has allowed her to gain an in-depth understanding of the organization’s operations. She has made significant contributions to its growth and development. Rockell holds an MBA and a BBA.

    Rockell’s New Role as Vice President

    In her new role, Rockell focuses on pursuing new business opportunities, establishing relationships with potential clients, attending industry events, and collaborating with marketing and sales teams to generate leads and secure contracts. She develops and implements short-term and long-term strategic plans for the company, setting objectives, goals, and targets to drive growth, profitability, and market share.

    Rockell also oversees the daily operations of the company, ensuring projects are executed efficiently and effectively, within budget, and on schedule. This includes monitoring progress, managing resources, addressing challenges, and ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations. She also implements and enforces quality and safety standards across the organization. Rockell identifies and assesses potential risks and develops strategies to mitigate or manage those risks.

    As a skilled relationship builder, Rockell maintains strong relationships with clients, addressing their concerns and ensuring their satisfaction with the company’s work. She provides regular project updates and manages client expectations throughout the project lifecycle. Rockell stays informed about industry trends and advancements in technology, implementing innovative solutions to enhance the company’s processes, efficiency, and competitiveness.

    Rockell had the following to say about her new role as Vice President of Mill Creek:

    I have a lot to look forward to in my new position. I am excited to have the opportunity to lead and make decisions, work with talented and diverse teams, solve complex problems, innovate, build strong relationships, and make a positive impact on communities!

    Some of the key items that will have my attention this first year are:

    1. Establishing a strong project management system
    2. Improving quality and safety standards
    3. Developing and maintaining relationships
    4. Enhancing operational efficiency
    5. Attracting and retaining talent
    6. Fostering innovation and adopting new technology

    Outside of Prairie Band, LLC

    Outside of her work for Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell is very engaged in the Topeka community. She is treasurer for Junior League of Topeka, a member of Topeka United, a cluster coach for the Topeka Mosaic Partnership, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka, Class of 2020. Rockell and her husband also coach recreational basketball for 5th grade boys. They are working to build a basketball program that offers opportunity to all athletes without barriers.

    Combining her passion for leadership, financial expertise, and community service, Rockell brings a unique blend of skills and experience to Mill Creek, LLC as Vice President. We are thrilled to have her on our team.

  5. Mill Creek Obtains MBE Certification

    HOLTON, Kan. – Mill Creek, LLC has obtained certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) granted by the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council. The MBE certification is a program, benefiting for-profit businesses that are at least 51% owned by a racial or ethnic minority. Mill Creek is eligible for this certification as a subsidiary of Prairie Band, LLC, wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

    The MBE certification gives Mill Creek access to corporate purchasing agents, networking events, searchable supplier databases, affordable consulting services, technology programs, and introductions to nationally known corporations. This status will also help Mill Creek continue to build on its current success, as corporations seek out business partners with MBE certification to help meet supplier diversity goals.

    “Mill Creek is ready to take full advantage of the opportunities MBE certification offers. Over our years of experience, Mill Creek has established itself as a leader in the initial outfitting and transition planning industry, and we will continue to do so moving forward,” said Mill Creek Vice President Jennifer Hansford.

    In addition to MBE status, Mill Creek is a certified 8(a), HUBZone small business.

    Mill Creek specializes in the outfitting of furniture, fixtures, equipment, and technology (FFE&T), medical equipment planning, space planning, transition planning, move management, interior design, and procurement, for healthcare, government, and private sector clients across the nation. With over 150 years of industry experience, Mill Creek’s staff includes transition planners who are well-versed in working with all parties to relocate personnel and equipment, while minimizing operational disruption.

  6. Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40: Financial Controller Rockell Otero

    Prairie Band, LLC Financial Controller Rockell Otero was recently recognized by the Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America as one of “Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40.” This award recognizes young leaders who are improving the future of Topeka.

    In addition to her role as Financial Controller for Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell Otero serves on Mill Creek‘s board as both secretary and CFO. Most of Rockell’s time is spent within the Contracting Division of Prairie Band, LLC. The Contracting Division focuses on project management, business development, and strategy planning.

    Outside of her work for Prairie Band, LLC, Rockell is very engaged in the Topeka community. She is treasurer for Junior League of Topeka, a member of Topeka United, a cluster coach for the Topeka Mosaic Partnership, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka, Class of 2020. Rockell and her husband also coach recreational basketball for 5th grade boys. They are working to build a basketball program that offers opportunity to all athletes without barriers.

    Mill Creek is proud to have one of “Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40” leaders on our team. To get to know a little more about Rockell, read her answers to our get-to-know-you questions below.

    What do you love about your work?

    I love being a part of an organization that is filled with a driven workforce working towards our mission to maximize the unique sovereign status of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to expand and diversify the economic portfolio of the Nation. With the ultimate goal of Tribal economic self-sufficiency, Prairie Band, LLC adheres to the following core principles: respect the past, capitalize on current opportunities, and contribute to a stable economic future for the Nation. It is an important mission that I take a lot of pride in working towards. The hard work we put in, the profits we generate, the jobs we create, the taxes generated, all of this and more continue to build a strong economic portfolio for the Nation.

    What do you do for fun?

    Anything I can enjoy with my family. We go in a lot of different directions so when we can all be together and enjoying something, I am most at peace. We explore trails and parks, attend community events like First Friday or Eats and Beats, and visit places like the Zoo and Discovery Center. At home we enjoy movie nights and cooking or baking together. We are all competitive and even though competition might end with someone crying or mad, we still love the challenge.

    What is your most used emoji?

    My most used emoji is the purple heart. Purple is my favorite color and I always add some love <3 to the end of my messages. Runner-ups are the eyeroll and annoyed face.

  7. Initial Outfitting of Fort Carson Intrepid Center

    Mill Creek provided initial outfitting and transition planning for the new Intrepid Center at Ft. Carson to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, serving regional, active-duty service members. Mill Creek was responsible for procuring and installing equipment, then de-installing, moving, and reinstalling re-use equipment.

    In addition, Mill Creek handled the transition planning services. We used our proprietary database throughout the planning stages, beginning with the onsite inventory and continuing through design. We tracked thousands of unique pieces of furniture and equipment down to the room and department level. This approach ensures an accurate comprehensive move plan and seamless outfitting. By using our database, instead of an Excel spreadsheet, we were able to perform one-to-one mapping of the inventory contents. Thus we eliminated the possibility that any reuse equipment would be accounted for multiple times.

    Mill Creek also installed equipment in the new facility and excessed equipment from the old facility. This process included user training, cleaning, government inspection/acceptance, punch item correction, and acceptance.

    The biggest risk to our schedule was the delay of receipt of commodities due to COVID-19. Despite this risk, we safeguarded the schedule by establishing lead times of each commodity at the time of quote during the design phase. We then developed a procurement matrix/purchasing schedule based on lead times, following up regularly to ensure timely delivery. Because we have long-standing relationships with our vendors, it was not an issue to negotiate terms and conditions during the design phase, allowing us to resolve potential issues prior to procurements. 

    Outside of the medical center, with parking lot and sidewalk.
    View outside from the medical center. Mountains are in the distance with clouds, grass, and a parking lot.
    Group therapy room with couch and zero gravity chairs. There is a painting on the wall of mountains and a whiteboard.
    Mill Creek moved the zero gravity chairs into the Group Therapy Rooms.
    Gym and exercise area with weights, exercise machines, and treadmills.
    We provided move services for gym equipment.  
    Music therapy room including a piano with a piano bench and cymbals. White cabinets and TV are mounted on the wall. In the corner is an office chair with a desk and computer. There is a row musical instrument cases along the wall and sheet music stands.
    We provided a new television through Crutcher Technologies LVS and move services for the piano and musical instruments in the Music Therapy room.
    Office with desk,  chair, computer, 2 monitors, phone, and printer.
    Patient exam room with equipment, scale, and exam table.
    Patient Exam Room
    Hallway with comfortable chairs and end tables along a stone wall. Big windows at end of hallway.
    Conference room with 3 rows of long tables with black chairs. A large TV and whiteboard are at the front of the room.
    We provided new Television and Teleconferencing system through Crutcher Technologies for the conference room.
    Hallway with wooden rocking chairs and colorful artwork depicting nature.
  8. Prairie Band-Tepa Wins Contract at Whiteman AFB

    Prairie Band-Tepa, a tribally-owned joint venture, was awarded a $42,000 contract to replace damaged windows at a guard-shack overlooking the LeMay gate at Whiteman Air Force Base. This project includes replacing three windows on the west side, two on the east side and one on the south side of the building. Prairie Band-Tepa will replace all six windows with new glass rated to UL 752 level 5 standard. Glass will be 1 5/8” thick TSS‐005 L/S clear glass-clad polycarbonate bullet resistant. Replacing these windows is critical to ensure the safety of the front line, as well as all personnel and assets on base.

    The joint venture comprises Medvolt, LLC, a Tepa company, and Prairie Band Construction, Inc., a Prairie Band, LLC subsidiary. Medvolt is owned by the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and delivers innovative infrastructure and building construction solutions using the latest technologies and techniques. Prairie Band Construction, Inc. is owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and offers construction management, general contracting, and business management services.

    “This project award is a critical milestone in the progression of the joint venture and the two Tribes working together. Once our team completes this project, our joint venture will have past performance to show, and this project will be the catalyst that ignites future contract awards,” said Prairie Band Construction Project Manager Josh Shinneman.

    The benefits of the Prairie Band-Tepa joint venture include:

    · Sole source contracting with a tribal joint venture
    · Diverse contracting experience
    · 8(a) small business certification
    · Financial stability and significant bonding capacity

  9. Veterans Day Reflection

    Many of us think of Veterans Day as just another holiday but we cannot forget about the folks that have sacrificed so much for us. The privileges and freedoms we enjoy come at a cost. November 11 helps us to focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

    We-ta-se (one who is brave or Brave Warrior) is a Potawatomi description for veterans. Traditionally, there were other words used to describe the different “deeds” or actions warriors took during their life (those that killed, planned, were wounded, etc.). In our traditional ceremonies, there are songs we sing that honor those that are wounded, lead the charge, planned the battle, tended the wounded, took trophies, carried out the order, to name a few. Only those warriors that accomplished these deeds could dance and share their stories. Our elders prayed that there would come a day when no one was dancing because we were no longer fighting. That day has not arrived yet but in my lifetime, I see fewer people that have these honored rights.

    One thing that will never cease to exist is our reverence for veterans. Our community has lost many veterans over the years. They were good friends, good people and a real loss to their families, culture, ceremonies, and our tribe. I miss them and think about them often, not just on Veterans Day. Some passed away young, and one might think that wasn’t much of a reward for their sacrifice. In our traditional beliefs, veterans are to be honored and have a special status in the place our creator set aside for us in the “here ever after.”

    As I wrote this, I felt a deep sense of gratitude and sadness for the trauma our veterans experienced and continue to endure because of their experiences. I also appreciate our peace time veterans and the tremendous sacrifice they made for us and our country. Please remember our veterans on this month’s holiday and honor them every day.

    Jacob Wamego
    Prairie Band, LLC
    President and CEO

  10. Project Spotlight: Pueblo Pintado Health Center

    Mill Creek is providing initial outfitting and transition planning services for the new construction of the 121,456 square foot Pueblo Pintado Health Center. The new health center is a modern, technologically advanced facility with enough space and staff to provide an expanded level of health care services specifically designed to meet the healthcare needs of the American Indian and Alaska Natives in the Crownpoint Service Unit.

    In addition to the Indian Health Service programs, several tribally operated health programs are incorporated into the new facility. This will improve access to medical care, as well as improve the collaboration and partnership between the Navajo Nation and the Indian Health Service. The new facility provides an expanded outpatient department, community health department, and a full array of ancillary and support services. The new health center will serve approximately projected 6,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives. It will be located on an 86-acre site on tribal trust land in Pueblo Pintado.

    Mill Creek provided equipment selection, specification, transition planning, and management services. We worked with the A/E team and owner representatives to develop an approved equipment list that can be used by the A/E as a basis of design, as well as specifications and equipment schedules. We coordinated with the construction contractor to ensure the final purchased and installed equipment had all the required utilities and space to function correctly.

  11. Prairie Band Health Services Wins Phoenix Indian Medical Center Contract

    Prairie Band Health Services, Inc. (PBHS), a subsidiary of Prairie Band, LLC (PB), won a substantial contract to provide Emergency Room Physician services at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC) in Phoenix, AZ. The contract is a multi-year personnel services contract with a potential value of $14.3M.

    PBHS is led by John Holtz, MBA & FACHE and is supported by the Shared Services division of Prairie Band, LLC. The PIMC ER services contract is the second multi-year contract won in recent years that PBHS is managing.

    “The benefits of “Strategic Initiatives” undertaken by the team within the past year are beginning to show dividends. I’m extremely excited to see the teams hard work continue to pay off as the organization grows ” -Jacob Wamego, President, and CEO of PB, LLC

    Investments in PBHS with the addition of a Director of Recruiting and a Business Development Analyst/Recruiter has been and will continue to be vital to the continued growth of the organization.

    For more information contact:
    Jacob Wamego

  12. Ribbon Cutting at FE Warren AFB

    On July 21, 2022, Mill Creek joined the 90th Medical Group to celebrate the ribbon cutting, commemorating the completion of the clinic modernization at FE Warren Air Force Base! Renovations accommodate the latest technologies, evolving medical practices, staffing changes and mission growth.

    This marks the completion of a 22-department renovation project, spanning 59,865 square feet. Departments included in the renovation were Family Health, Women’s Health, Allergy/Immunization, Pediatrics, Optometry Clinic, Radiology, Pharmacy, Dental Clinic, Command/MED Management, Laboratory, Medical Information Systems, BioEnvironmental Engineering, MCC, PFOMC/BOMC/PH/PRAP, Physical Therapy, Mental Health, Logistics/Facilities, TOPA/Records, Education, and RMO.

    Some design features of the updated facilities include shorter travel distances, more seating, clearer wayfinding, improved patient privacy, and minimized noise. Along with the improved layout and systems, new state-of-the-art equipment has been installed throughout the facility.

    The mechanical systems and plumbing were upgrade and optimized throughout the facility for improved reliability, convenient maintenance, reduced energy consumption, and minimize noise. Electrical and communications systems were also upgraded, improving efficiency and security.

    Mill Creek’s Role

    As a subcontractor to StructSure Projects, Mill Creek provided initial outfitting and transition planning services for the renovation, including project management, inventory, artwork & interior design, medical equipment planning, transition planning, move management, low voltage/communications system design, FFE-LVS installation, public relations/special events, billings, close-out and warranty.

  13. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base

    On January 24, 2022, we joined the 21st Medical Group to celebrate the completion of the clinic modernization at Peterson Space Force Base with a ribbon cutting ceremony!

    This marks the completion of a 2-year construction project, spanning 40,796 square feet. Renovations touched 11 departments, including Pharmacy, Medical Management, Medical Information Systems, Women’s Health, Education and Training, FOMC/BOMC, Public Health, Family Health, Pediatrics, Immunizations, and Logistics.

    Medical Group Commander Col. Patrick A. Pohle was the presiding official of the ceremony. Peterson-Schriever Garrison Commander, Col. Shay Warakomski and Colorado Market Director, Col. Kevin Bass did the honors of cutting the ribbon.

    Mill Creek’s Role

    As a subcontractor to StructSure Projects, Mill Creek provided initial outfitting and transition planning services for the renovation including project management, inventory, artwork & interior design, medical equipment planning, transition planning and move management, low voltage/communications system design, FFE-LVS installation, public relations/special events, billings, close-out, and warranty.

    Mill Creek’s team was honored to get to play a role in this project and work with such a great team!

    About the Renovation

    In addition to Mill Creek’s scope, renovations included mechanical systems, electrical systems, low voltage systems, fire protection, and structural improvements.

    With a focus on health and wellness, the design of the new space improves the patient and staff experience. Design features include soothing colors, natural lighting, themed artwork, and acoustics to relieve stress and anxiety. New spaces have shorter travel distances, more seating, clearer wayfinding, improved patient privacy, and minimized noise.

    Women’s Health Waiting Area

    Renovations also included replacing the mechanical infrastructure system, resulting in improved indoor air quality, energy conservation, and reduced maintenance needs. Another energy efficient upgrade is the addition of tankless gas water heaters, more sustainable and reliable than the previous water heating system.

    In addition to sustainability, safety was a top priority in renovations. One example of this is the new high-tech fire protection system and the addition of mass notification speakers to all areas of the building. This system improves overall safety and communication, while reducing the risk of water damage, operational disruption and maintenance costs.

  14. Mill Creek Provides IO for Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha

    The Munroe-Meyer Institute’s new replacement facility in Omaha opened in June this year, with more than double the size of MMI’s former home, providing essential space for department growth.

    The new facility includes:
    • Dental, optical and healthy nutrition and wellness clinics, including an optical shop, a panoramic X-ray machine and three negative-pressure dental rooms
    • Integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (iCASD) with six early intervention classrooms
    • Accessible play spaces inside and out and an indoor splash pad
    • Dedicated maker space that includes a 3D printer, precision cutting and drilling devices, soldering equipment and other tools
    • Family resource area
    • A kiln for recreational therapy art programs
    • Soundproof audiology booth
    • Two pools with a water slide and water volleyball net
    • Gym and exercise areas
    • Outdoor vegetable garden for classes or relaxation and skill development.
    • Clinic areas, including the iCASD, which provide families with carefully considered, sensory-friendly environments and spaces
    • Clinical rooms with adjustable colored lighting
    • Observation areas
    • A larger sensory-motor laboratory
    • Virtual reality lab that will include an omnidirectional treadmill, which lets a person move in any direction
    • Outdoor plaza with sculptures, benches, and picnic tables
    • Meditation room
    • Sheltered “escape coves”
    • Simulated apartment space with a kitchen area, living space, bedroom and accessible bathroom, which allows people to work on independent living skills with physical, occupational and speech therapists
    • Conference rooms and community rooms

    Mill Creek provided equipment planning, initial outfitting, procurement, and warehousing for this replacement facility. In the design phase, Mill Creek worked hand-in-hand with the design team and user groups to verify layouts of key clinical spaces, define requirements for each space, create and review equipment lists with each department, discuss manufacturers and models, and confirm any equipment being reused. During the construction phase, we refined design documents and made final adjustments.

    For procurement, we worked with the procurement team to identify any preferred /sole sourced vendors, as well as any group purchasing agreements already in place. We used the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s procurement standards to create a seamless process of equipment submittals and approvals before any equipment was released for purchase. Initial outfitting activities included oversight of the delivery, assembly, and installation of all FF&E items, including those delivered and installed directly by an equipment vendor.

  15. David Grant Medical Center Renovations Complete

    In April, the six-department renovation at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, CA was completed. Working with StructSure Projects as a subcontractor, Mill Creek provided all initial outfitting and transition planning services, including equipment planning, space planning, project management, interior design, quality control, and public relations.

    Construction began in November 2019 and included 25,579 square feet of renovations to the Joint Radiation Oncology Center, Joint Hematology/Oncology Clinic Infusion Center, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Brace Shop, and Medical Evaluation Board.

    Read more about the project below and explore the 360 images of renovated spaces.

    Project Features

    With a focus on patient and staff experience, the renovations improved patient privacy, provided new medical equipment, and minimized noise. To improve wayfinding and decrease travel distance for patients and staff, the renovated departments were laid out to improve proximity to diagnostic and treatment departments, like Radiology, Lab, and Pharmacy.

    Additionally, the renovation improved energy efficiency, replacing and upgrading the mechanical infrastructure system. This included plumbing updates to conserve water, stronger insulation, and new air handling units. Ultimately reducing maintenance costs, these sustainable upgrades will be a long-term benefit to the medical center.

    Pain Management Clinic

    The Pain Management Clinic, which had been rapidly outgrowing its procedural space, moved to a larger space, conveniently located near Orthopedics, Chiropractic, and Physical Therapy. Unlike the previous space, which used to be an inpatient unit, the new department was built with the Pain Clinic’s specific goals in mind, including state-of-the-art medical equipment. The Pain Clinic’s move and renovation signifies the completion of a decade-long effort to create a cohesive rehabilitative capability.

    Joint Radiation Oncology Center

    As part of the technology upgrades, the Joint Radiation Oncology Center now has Varian Medical Systems’ Linear Accelerator technology. This technology is at the forefront of cancer treatment innovation, and Varian Medical Systems is responsible for treating tens of thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Specifically, the new technology will allow staff to treat patients with higher precision and speed, highly accurate imaging, tumor tracking in real time, and multiple layers of safety features.


    In addition to upgraded equipment and an efficient layout, the Pediatrics waiting area and exam rooms have playful interior design features geared toward children and parents. For example, exam rooms now have digitally-printed wall coverings in bright colors, and the waiting room has decorative nature-themed glass panels that separate the well and sick waiting areas.

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    Joint Hematology/Oncology

    Prior to construction, JHOIC was in need of more space, so renovations increased the size of exam rooms and the waiting room. Additionally, patient and staff areas were separated to improve privacy and a new nurse call system was added.

    Brace Shop

    Before renovations, the Brace Shop occupied too large of a space, so it was right-sized and modernized. This increased efficiency, while minimize noise and creating space for the departments needing to expand.

  16. Employee Spotlight: Equipment Planner Tegan Denison

    Tegan approaches every project with a meticulous attention to detail and a positive attitude. She is an excellent communicator and a problem solver, skilled at anticipating and mitigating issues before they occur. She’s been with Mill Creek for 8 years, and we are so grateful to have her on our team. Read more about Tegan in our Q&A below.

    Briefly describe what you do at work all day?

    Primarily I coordinate the new and reuse equipment lists with the equipment drawings.  I work with the architects to ensure we have space planned for our equipment and work with our Revit designers to plan the equipment within the spaces.  In addition, I help with QC, gathering quotes, bidding and anything else the office needs support on.

    What’s the best thing about your job?

    Getting to work with a great team who is committed to getting the job done right.

    What’s one of your proudest moments in your career?

    Successfully designing and planning for the Nellis AFB job.  It was such a huge job and my first project at Mill Creek.

    What do you like to do outside of work?

    I stay pretty busy running after 2 girls and a baby boy.  We like to go swimming, work and play in our yard when its warm and play games.

    Who inspires you?

    People who run in marathons.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    I wish I could fly.

    Who/what is your favorite musician/band?

     I love Chris Stapleton.

    If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    Learn to sew on a sewing machine. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do.

    If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

    Go on vacation for a month to England and Ireland.

    If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

    I would want to see my Grandpa again, who died 4 years ago. I didn’t get enough time with him and want to hear his voice again and gather as much wisdom as I can from him.

    How do you define success?

    I think success is figuring out what your goals are and always striving to do your best.

  17. Prairie Band Health Services Wins Again

    Portland Indian Health Service Recognizes Value in Utilizing 8(a) Tribal Firm

    Prairie Band Health Services, Inc. (PBHS) has been awarded a multi-option year competitive contract to perform medical professional staffing services for the Portland Area Indian Health Services (IHS) in the Pacific Northwest. The performance is anticipated to take place over a five-year period.

    PBHS CEO John Holtz said: “This is yet another exciting opportunity for the Prairie Band team.  Prairie Band Health Services looks forward to assisting Portland IHS in their mission to raise the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.”

    Prairie Band, LLC CEO Jacob Wamego said: “There is no time in recent history when healthcare was of such paramount importance. We are excited to be recognized as a premier service provider by our clients. We are ready to continue exceeding the expectations of our customers and growing our business.”

    Prairie Band Health Services, Inc. is an SBA 8(a) certified firm owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC. PBHS is a medical and professional services offeror that provides solutions to the federal government, tribal governments, and corporate clients throughout the United States.  PBHS is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Kansas.

    Media Contacts:
    Prairie Band Health Services
    John Holtz, CEO

  18. Reasons to Hire a Tribally-Owned 8(a) Business

    As a tribally-owned, 8(a) certified business, Mill Creek offers unique benefits to government clients and contractors, granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Listed below is a quick explanation of the 8(a) program and the unique benefits of being both 8(a) and tribally-owned.


    The Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) program provides set-asides and business development opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged business. Mill Creek has been an 8(a) certified business since September of 2018.


    Working with a tribally-owned, 8(a) business offers a streamlined sole source process, with a simpler and faster procurement timeline. Specific benefits include the following:

    1. No dollar threshold on 8 (a) sole-source awards with Justification & Approval – Mill Creek is exempt from the $4 million cap set on other 8(a) companies, because we are tribally-owned. This saves time and money on market research, acquisition strategies, solicitation preparation, proposal review, and contractor selection. 13 CFR 124.506 (b)
    2. Sole-source contracting up to $22M without Justification & Approval. 13 CFR 124.506(b)(5)
    3. No Protesting 8(a) Awards – No other party can protest an 8(a) company eligible for a sole source award. 13 CFR 124.517(a)
    4. Ability to negotiate contracts directly with Mill Creek, ensuring flexibility and reliability. 13 CFR 124.503
    5. Reduced Procurement Time – Sole sourcing to a tribally-owned 8(a) company reduces procurement time from the federal average of 279 days to under 30 days.


    The congressionally-sponsored DOD Indian Incentive Program provides a 5% rebate to federal prime contractors that subcontract to tribally-owned organizations. 25 USC 1544

    For more information on Mill Creek’s services, please visit our services page. Also, if you are interested in a construction contractor, our sister company, Prairie Band Construction, is 8(a) and tribally-owned, offering all the same benefits to government clients and contractors.

  19. MacDill AFB Sabal Park Clinic Now Open

    We are pleased to share that MacDill AFB’s new Sabal Park Clinic has opened! Mill Creek provided initial outfitting, transition planning, medical equipment planning, interior design, signage, low voltage, space planning, and public relations for the new satellite clinic located in the outskirts of Tampa. With the move complete, the clinic opened for business on April 15, 2019, and it looks great!

    At 32,329 square feet, the Sabal Park Clinic is twice the size of the 16,000 square-foot Brandon Clinic, the facility being replaced. The new clinic has plenty of space for its dedicated staff to continue providing superior care to its patient population. The departments included in the move are Clinic Management, Immunizations, Information Management, Internal Medicine, Laboratory, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Radiology, and Women’s Health.

    We are grateful to have had this opportunity to work with the 6th Medical Group on this beautiful new clinic! We look forward to celebrating MacDill’s new clinic at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 3, 2019.

    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Waiting Area
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Alcove
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic Exam Room
    MacDill Sabal Park Clinic FF&E
  20. Prairie Band Construction Awarded SBA 8(a) Certification

    November 13, 2018 – Prairie Band Construction, Inc. (PBC), Mill Creek’s sister company, has been certified as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Program. Owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC, PBC is a performance-driven contractor that manages and delivers projects on time and within budget. PBC serves the federal government, tribal governments, and corporate clients throughout the United States. PBC is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, KS.

    Greg Sharp, PBC Construction Manager, said: “Earning 8(a) certification is very exciting news for PBC. It will allow PBC to compete for set-aside and sole source contracts within the SBA 8(a) Program. The 8(a) designation, in addition to the company’s SBA HUBZone designation, creates an extremely powerful entity that will drive PBC’s revenue and profit growth for years to come”

    The President and CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, Jacob Wamego, said: “This is the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s third company to be awarded SBA 8(a) certification. Prairie Band Construction’s sister companies have already taken advantage of the opportunities the certification allows. Prairie Band Construction’s team is hitting the ground running in efforts to obtain more work and create additional revenue streams for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.”

    The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals and is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society.

    PBC is a leader in the construction industry, providing general contracting, construction management, environmental consulting, and remediation services. PBC is a subsidiary of Prairie Band, LLC; the economic development arm of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

    Media Contacts:
    Prairie Band
    Jacob Wamego, CEO

  21. Jacob Wamego Named as a Native American 40 under 40 Award Recipient

    Jacob Wamego, the CEO of Prairie Band, LLC, Mill Creek’s parent company, has been recognized as a 2018 winner of the Native American 40 under 40 award. This award is bestowed by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center), and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication in business and their communities. This year the National Center is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 40 under 40 awards.

    “It is an honor to be recognized for this award among many people making great contributions to their communities. I am grateful for the work I get to do with Prairie Band, LLC and for the dedicated staff, management, and Board whose work continues to result in real change and growth in economic opportunities for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation,” says Wamego. “Thank you to the National Center for your commitment to developing and supporting the American Indian business community.”

    Award winners will be honored at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 29-30. The event – “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership” – will be held in conjunction with the National Center’s next Native Edge Institute (NEI), a one-day training session focused specifically on procurement. Past and present 40 under 40 awardees will have the opportunity to participate in programming with the goal of providing additional professional development, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities.

    “We are thrilled to recognize the impressive achievements of Jacob Wamego,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Wamego joins a diverse group of young women and men cultivated from across American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Each of these individuals has devoted their skills and resources to enhancing their communities. From business, academia, healthcare, tribal government, politics, non-profits, journalism, the law, finance, and marketing, 40 under 40 winners are shining examples for all of us to follow. For the 10th year in a row, it is an honor to recognize these individuals and leaders who will continue to define success for the future of Native American business.”

    Those interested in attending the 40 under 40 event can register by clicking here; 40 under 40 attendees have the option of attending the Native Edge Institute programming. Please visit the National Center’s website at to learn more.

    Prairie Band, LLC was formed in 2010 as an economic development company wholly owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Since inception, Prairie Band, LLC has grown into a family of seven subsidiary companies with commercial, federal, and local customers. Prairie Band, LLC is part of the economic development plan established by tribal leadership with the purpose of providing opportunity and prosperity to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The company is headquartered on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in northeast Kansas.

  22. Mill Creek Awarded SBA 8(a) Certification

    September 12, 2018 – Mill Creek has been certified as a participant in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program. Owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s economic development company, Prairie Band, LLC, Mill Creek is a leading provider of medical facility initial outfitting and transition services (IOT) with offices in Denver, Holton, and Kansas City that provides comprehensive solutions to clients in the federal, tribal, and private sectors throughout the country.

    “This is yet another exciting event for the Mill Creek family. Certifications such as this provide avenues of opportunity that would otherwise be unattainable,” said Tyler Levier, CEO of Mill Creek. “Expect to hear much more from Mill Creek as we continue this extraordinary progress.”

    Prairie Band, LLC CEO Jacob Wamego said: “I could not be more pleased with Mill Creek’s performance and look forward to continued success through utilization of the 8(a) program. As a leader in the industry, Mill Creek works tirelessly to continuously raise the bar of expectations within the IOT sector.”

    Media Contact:
    Janet Metzler, VP
    Mill Creek

  23. Mill Creek Leads Transition for WRAIR Renovation and Addition

    Mill Creek is working with Turner Construction to provide transition and inventory services for the renovation and addition to the Raymond Randall Building, a vivarium and research lab at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the WRAIR is the premiere biomedical research lab of the Department of Defense (DOD). The addition and renovation will bring the facility up to current building codes and standards. Additionally, there will be more room for specialized equipment and animals.

    At WRAIR, scientists are working on innovative projects, like the development of vaccines and preventative drugs for Zika virus, malaria, HIV/AIDS, dengue fever, wound infections, leishmaniasis, and enteric diseases. The presence of contained viruses has made this an interesting project for Mill Creek. Transition specialists had to suit up in appropriate gear to avoid infections while carefully moving the animals and equipment to a temporary location for the building renovation.

    As one of the most diverse DOD research labs in the nation, the WRAIR’s work is not limited to the study of illnesses and vaccines. With a focus on Service Member health and well-being, WRAIR researchers pursue projects about psychological resilience, neurological functioning, and operational readiness among Service Members. Based on their research, WRAIR scientists have recently developed “Battlemind Training” to manage stress during combat. The facility also houses sleep suites, where researchers study how sleep deprivation impacts productivity. For example, WRAIR researchers discovered that sleep is “banked,” meaning that a week of extended nighttime sleep can reduce performance struggles in a subsequent week with less sleep.

    When construction on the Raymond Randall Building concludes in December, Mill Creek will lead the transition of personnel, equipment, and animals into the new addition.

  24. Proposal Writing Tips from the National 8(a) Small Business Conference

    Mill Creek, LLC attended the Small Business Administration 8(a) Small Business Conference from January 30 to February 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the premier supplier diversity networking event for small businesses. We had a great time networking with other small businesses and learning from industry experts.

    Since we know that everybody can’t make it to conferences, we’ve decided to share some key takeaways that should be helpful to anyone in government contracting. This blog focuses specifically on Donna Freitas’ session “Tailored Techniques for Winning Government Contracts” and includes resources for further learning. We found Freitas’ proposal writing tips helpful and hope you will too.

    Tailored Techniques for Winning Government Contracts – Jan 30, 2018
    Speaker: Donna Freitas, Vice President of Strategic Business Relations, Valiant Integrated Services

    Donna Freitas shared her insight into writing compelling, persuasive proposals. Some of her practical strategies include:

    Developing Clear Themes – When writing a proposal, focus on a few themes and make sure these themes are carried throughout the proposal. Themes can include hot buttons, goals, and differentiators (i.e. What makes you different than competitors).

    Rewriting your Executive Summary – Executive summaries are the most important part of the proposal. This is where you need to convince readers your proposal is worth reading. Freitas recommends rewriting the executive summary at different stages in a proposal’s lifecycle: at the beginning, middle, and end of the writing process. Two reasons for this are:

    1. As you develop a proposal, it changes. Rewriting the executive summary ensures that it will correspond with the body of the proposal.

    2. The executive summary helps you maintain a sense of where you’re at and where you’re going with your writing, similar to an outline.

    Communicating Directly with the Contracting Officer – If you want to partner with another business for a contract but aren’t sure where to start, ask the contracting officer. They might have some recommendations. This also allows you to establish or maintain a relationship with the contracting officer.

    Focusing on the Client, not Yourself – Customize your proposal as much as possible. You want to demonstrate that you understand and care about the client’s needs. When writing about your company’s capabilities always tie it in with the project and client.

    Breaking up Text with Visuals – Freitas emphasized that visuals don’t need to be photos. If there is a way to display information visually, do it. This could be with a table, graph, info-graphic, or flow chart. You can even break up text with pull-out quotes. Pull-out quotes allow you to also emphasize differentiators that readers might otherwise miss.

    Want More Help?
    Paid Resources:
    Shipley’s Foundations for Proposal Writing – Shipley’s method of proposal writing heavily influenced Donna Freitas’ presentation. If you found these tips helpful, you will get a lot out of Shipley’s course.

    Free Resources:
    Contracting Officer Podcast – This podcast covers a variety of government contracting topics, not just proposal writing. This is great if you’re too busy to read an article. Just download the podcast and listen in the car.

    SBA Online Training – This 30-minute video provides best practices and an overview of the proposal writing process – great for those new to writing proposals and those who want a refresher.

  25. Wall Breaking at Minot AFB, North Dakota

    We are excited to announce that we broke wall at Minot AFB yesterday, January 17, 2018. Mill Creek is working with United Excel on the 5th Medical Group’s modernization project at Minot AFB, North Dakota. The project is expected to be complete in fall of 2019.

    Staff Sergeant Willie Wright served as the master of ceremonies at the wall breaking. Group Commander Colonel Julie Ostrand presented an engraved golden sledge hammer to Facility Manager Mark Cory to honor his hard work and dedication to this project.