CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea (Nov. 9, 2012) -- Groundbreaking ceremonies were held here, Nov. 7, on the future site of the Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital and the Camp Humphreys Dental Clinic.

Along with the hospital and dental clinic, the completed medical campus will include the 65th Medical Brigade headquarters.

In 2008, the 121st Combat Support Hospital, on Yongsan Garrison, was renamed in honor of Allgood, who died along with 11 other U.S. service members when their UH-60 helicopter was shot down by enemy rocket fire, Jan. 20, 2007. Allgood, who previously had been commander at 121st CSH, was then serving as the command surgeon for Multi-National Forces-Iraq.

According to officials, the new hospital, due for completion in 2015, will contain 68 beds and be able to support 65,000 eligible beneficiaries and 5,000 annual inpatient admissions. Also, the ambulatory care center is sized to support 56,000 eligible beneficiaries and 200,000 annual outpatient visits.

The dental clinic will have 79 chairs and be equipped to support 40,000 eligible beneficiaries per year.

The project is being built by Samsung Consortium.

Prior to the traditional shovel presentation, Col. Kelly A. Murray, commander of the 65th Medical Brigade, presented remarks provided by Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the U.S. Army Surgeon General.

"With the groundbreaking for this new facility in Colonel Allgood's honor, we publicly acknowledge his invaluable contributions to the Army in general and to Army medicine, specifically," Horoho said. "Although his name will be emboldened across the front of this facility for all time, it already resides deeply within our hearts."

Murray added, "I know the new Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital will be a facility of which we can all be proud and I look forward to seeing the hospital completed."

More projects will follow as Humphreys becomes the premier U.S. military installation in Korea. The construction is being funded by the Republic of Korea as a way of showing its commitment to continuing the base relocation of U.S. forces in Korea.

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