4th MEB opens new troop clinic Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2013
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Commander Col. Maria Dominguez; 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Senior Enlisted Adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce; Pfc. Jacob Kotwica, a medic assigned to the 512th Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion; 4th MEB Commander Col. James Reckard; and GLWACH Senior Enlisted Adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Favia, conduct a ribbon cutting tradition during the grand opening of the 4th MEB clinic in GLWACH Feb. 5. The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is the only Forces Command tenant organization assigned to Fort Leonard Wood.
Story and photo by Sgt. Heather Denby
Special to GUIDON

Soldiers of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will now report to what has been dubbed the “Dauntless Clinic” located inside General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital following a grand opening ceremony held Feb. 5 in the clinic waiting room.

The clinic is co-located with the hospital dermatology clinic across from the emergency room.

During the ceremony, Col. Maria Dominguez, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander, said that she was proud to give the clinic to “high standard, high quality, medically certified” Soldiers of the brigade.

“The best continuity in medical care comes from line unit aid stations,” Dominguez said. “They know their patients because they see them in the clinic and they see them out in the field as they train together.”

The new clinic consolidates medical specialists across the 4th MEB and provides centrally located health care for Soldiers assigned to the unit.

The consolidated clinic was a community effort according to Col. James Reckard, 4th MEB commander.

“There are several key leaders on the hospital staff that took it upon themselves to ensure a flawless transition into this top-of-the-line facility,” Reckard said. “I am thrilled to thank each of them publicly; their dedication to our organization has given us the opportunity to provide great care for our Soldiers.”

Reckard said that comprehensive Soldier fitness is a top priority for the brigade.

The health care facility features fully-stocked medical equipment, four separate patient exam rooms, three offices for provider use and an area for assigned medics to conduct data entry.

Two of the medics that are currently assigned to the brigade clinic were also recognized during the ceremony for their dedication to training the staff prior to the clinic opening.

“It’s exciting to see our hard work come to fruition,” said Spc. Angelica Salazar, a medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 193rd Brigade Support Battalion.

Salazar and Spc. Damecia Davis, a medic assigned to HHC, 193rd BSB, received the Army Achievement Medal for more than three months worth of patient care training provided to all clinic staff members.

With staff members trained, equipment stocked and medals awarded, the ceremony concluded with a traditional ribbon cutting by Dominguez, Reckard, hospital senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia, 4th MEB senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Federico Boyce and the most junior enlisted medic on the clinic staff, Pfc. Jacob Kotwica, a medic assigned to the 512th Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion.

The clinic conducts walk-in evaluation from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and provides appointment-based medical care through the Tricare appointment line at 866.299.4234.

(Editor’s note: Denby is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th MEB Public Affairs Office.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 February 2013 )