By Ms. Brandy C Ostanik (Army Medicine)December 28, 2015
FORT GREELY, ALASKA (DEC. 28, 2015) -- Fort Greely residents celebrated the official opening of the Fort Greely Army Medical Home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a standing room only crowd, Dec. 15.
The more than 12,000-square-foot clinic opens as a primary care facility offering Family medicine to Fort Greely active-duty Soldiers, their Family members, retired members of the Delta Junction community, as well as veteran affairs administration for veterans. The clinic, staffed with 11 personnel, is equipped with a radiology lab, four exam rooms, a medication dispensary, a laboratory for running routine bloodwork, and patient administration to include patient travel assistance.
"Today marks the day your new Army Medical Home will begin providing high-quality, safe, accessible health care and outstanding service," said Col. Lisa Toven, commander of Medical Department Activity - Alaska, which oversees the clinic.
The opening of the clinic marks the culmination of a vision Lt. Gen. David Mann, commanding general for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense, had while touring the installation in 2014.
In her address to the audience, Toven thanked Mann, for his vision and assistance in garnering support for the project.
"I would personally like to thank Lt. Gen Mann, whose vision was for our medical clinic and staff members to be a beacon of hope, comfort, and security and to provide the highest standard of care, while maximizing patient safety right here at Fort Greely."
Mann also spoke to those in attendance regarding the importance of the clinic to the Fort Greely community.
"We have spent a lot of money to help take care of all of you, and I want you to know the commitment that we have to you, Fort Greely, and helping you to be successful in the completion of your mission," Mann said.
Both Mann and Toven recognized the joint efforts necessary to open the facility.
"It truly took a team effort from so many organizations to be able to open the Fort Greely Army Medical Home so quickly," Toven said. "U.S. Army Installation Management Command, U.S. Army Medical Command, Western Regional Medical Command, U.S. Army Alaska, Medical Department Activity Alaska and TRICARE Regional Office representatives are all instrumental to the success of this project."
Before the opening of the clinic, beneficiaries needing medical attention either traveled the 100 miles to Fort Wainwright to receive care at Bassett Army Community Hospital or received care from a civilian provider in the Delta community.