New medical/dental clinic opens at Fort Lee
September 15, 2011
By Amy Perry
FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 15, 2011) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Troop Medical Center 2 (medical/dental facility) occurred here Monday at its location on the Ordnance Campus.
This 35,000-square-foot BRAC facility was constructed to deliver health care and dental services to the Ordnance advanced individual training population of approximately 3,200 students.
"We are here today to celebrate a product of Fort Lee's expansion under BRAC - the opening of a brand-new, $12 million ... state of the art combined medical/dental facility," said Col. Joseph S. Pina, Kenner Army Health Clinic commander. "It will provide primary care, sick call, minor procedure services, immunizations, behavior therapy services and physical therapy services to our AIT population on the Ordnance Campus."
The combined efforts of U.S. Army Medical Command and CASCOM made the new facility possible, said Pina.
"This building symbolizes the MEDCOM commitment to supporting the war-fighter, and more specifically, the future of Ordnance," he said. "TMC 2 is a direct result of collaboration between MEDCOM and CASCOM to provide quality care to the more than 3,000 Soldiers on this campus."
This clinic will combine medical and dental facilities to make it a one-stop shop for ordnance AIT personnel. Other services include optometry, laboratory, general radiology and pharmacy.
Col. Jose Olazagasti, Bull Dental Clinic commander, said this facility will make a big impact for Ordnance Soldiers.
"The opening of our combined medical and dental clinic is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to wellness and readiness within our student population," he said. "Our mission is to provide warrior-focused total health with an exceptional team of professionals dedicated to excellence."
The new facility is a real gem, said Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, commanding general of the Northern Regional Medical Command.
"It's things like this (building) that really show we are here and understand that these Soldiers are special," said Caravalho. "Here at this first-class facility you will find the latest outpatient medical and dental technology - the approach is very patient-centered."
As one of the final BRAC buildings to hold its ribbon cutting, the facility is one to be recognized, said Pina.
"As Fort Lee comes to the end of this BRAC, TMC 2 can be seen as a capstone achievement," he said. "Colonel Olazagasti and I were committed to ensuring that this facility - come hell or high water - would open on time and we are confident that it will deliver."