By Julia LeDouxJuly 18, 2014
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Lt. Col. Soo Lee Davis relinquished command of Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic to Lt. Col. Ed Weinberg July 11 during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Davis arrived at Rader Nov. 27, 2013 and served as its 17th commander. She held the position for eight months.
"As the commander for both Rader clinic and Fort McNair's health clinic, she ensured that integrated health services have been provided to over 11,500 enrollees in the National Capital Region," said Col. Danny B. Jaghab, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, Md., who officiated at the time-honored ceremony.
Davis lead a staff of over 200 and was responsible for a budget of $18 million as commander, Jaghab continued. He called Davis a champion for both the Rader and McNair clinics and a dedicated servant to the community who always established a culture of transparency, accountability and collaboration.
"Since January, she increased [patient] enrollment by over 1,000 and increased relay health registration by 20 percent," he continued. "She also established a much needed ongoing injury prevention and health promotion program, providing physical therapy support for The Old Guard."
Davis also improved the readiness of National Defense University students via health fairs and Soldier readiness processing, revamping the pharmacy check-in system to decrease patient wait times and established a robust and timely award and recognition system, said Jaghab.
Jaghab then turned his attention to Weinberg, calling the Purple Heart recipient a seasoned and capable leader who has an impressive background with key leadership positions in both staff and deployed environments.
"Your extensive education, multitude of leadership experiences in a variety of positions at all levels with the organization of Army medicine leave little doubt that you are well equipped and suited to take command of this unique Army health clinic," he said.
Davis began her remarks with a quote from Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, who said, "Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is a love of humanity."
"This quote embodies the culture and values of how we deliver care at Rader Health Clinic," she explained. "As I, and our leaders, walk around, we are witness, every day, to the many acts of service and compassion, big and small, between our staff and patients and between one another. That makes this quote come alive."
Davis stressed that not one person or a few small groups of people make Rader's mission successful. Instead, she said it is the collaborative effort of a team forged together by the sacred values of duty, honor, country, trust, compassion and accountability.
Davis said that team provided high quality care to its beneficiaries and Soldiers of 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The United States Army Band while recovering from a 30 percent staffing shortfall during "challenging times of sequestration, administrative furloughs and rebuilt our team competitively and transparently with high quality new civilian employees committed to our mission."
Calling Rader the readiness sustainment platform for the installation, Weinberg pledged to improve upon the collaborative partnerships with its sister units and services while focusing on improving its internal processes to better support its patients.
"I view my roles as being here to support you, not necessarily the other way around," he said. "To that end, I am willing to proverbially sweep the floors, meaning I'm not too concerned with my own status or ego. But rather, I am willing to do whatever is necessary to help our organization and this market succeed.
"I look forward to forming new relationships with each and every one of you as we embark on this journey together."