By Mr. Douglas Demaio (Army Medicine)June 17, 2013
Katterbach, Germany -- A ceremonial passing of the colors placed a new commander at the helm of the health clinic here June 13.
Lt. Col. Rodney S. Gonzalez assumed command from Lt. Col. Raymond L. Gundry at the change of command ceremony for Katterbach Health Clinic.
"I am humbled to assume command of the Katterbach Army Health Clinic," Gonzalez said. "I look forward to working with the staff…, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach."
Gonzalez is a board certified family medicine physician and has a certificate of added qualification in primary care sports medicine. Gonzalez's served at the chief of Soldiers Services and Readiness Medicine at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
"Lt. Col. Gundry, you have handed over a clinic that is leading the way in many performance measures across the Bavaria (Medical Department Activity) and Europe Regional Medical Command," Gonzalez said. "I appreciate the work you have done and the vision you set forward to the staff."
During Gundry's command, the clinic underwent a transformation a new patient care model known as Patient Centered Medical Home. The transformation accompanied facility renovations, which provided increased space and access. He made significant improvements to staffing and increases to access to care for the clinic's patients.
"For me, today is a day for memories, to reflect upon not only the past two years in command, but upon my entire life as it has unfolded to bring me to this moment today," Gundry said. "I would like to express up front, that my command here has been the highlight of my career. It has ben my opportunity to actually make the decisions and guide the delivery of health care the way I think it needs to be done."
Gundry is scheduled to be the director of clinical services for the Military Entrance Processing Stations throughout the Continental United Station located in Chicago, Ill.
Col. Darrin E. Cox, Bavaria Medical Department Activity commander, presided over the ceremony.
Gonzalez's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Left Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with five Oak Left Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Left Cluster), Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He has also been awarded the Order of St. Maurice (Legionnaire) by the National Infantry Association and the Order of Military Medical Merit.