By Tereasa Wade, Public Affairs Officer, KAHCApril 20, 2017
FORT LEE, Va. (April 20, 2017) -- The Kenner Army Health Clinic staff is hosting a health fair and family friendly 5K run/walk Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon, to celebrate their facility's 55th anniversary
This year's theme is takes its cue from the Month of the Military Child -- held each April -- and features activities for youths of all ages. Anyone interested in learning more about the clinic and the services provided is welcome to attend. The run/walk will take participants through the historic Petersburg National Battlefield.
"This is such a great opportunity for the entire Fort Lee community to come together to learn about the services Kenner offers and promote the health and wellness of our military children," said Staff Sgt. Jessica DeLort, one of the event coordinator.
Services KAHC offers include the following:
Immunization -- preventive vaccinations prescribed by the patient's care team based on age, gender or risk factors.
Pharmacy -- medication dispensing for new prescriptions and refills (enrolled beneficiaries only), patient education, individual and group consultations, medication reconciliation and prescription monitoring.
Laboratory -- Kenner's moderate-complexity lab services include phlebotomy, specimen processing and results reporting.
Radiology -- Because patients must be sent off-site for these services, the clinic ensures delivery of radiology screening is seamless. This means patient instructions are clear, the receiving radiology center is informed of the patient's requirements, the patient knows what to do after the study is complete, and results are immediately available to the ordering clinician.
Behavioral health -- A scope of care includes assessment, diagnosis and brief counseling for common primary care diagnoses (anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, stress reactions, etc.) and behavioral modification related to chronic disease and prevention.
Other community support agencies also will take part in the health fair following the anniversary 5K. Some of the activities planned include displays from Army Community Service New Parent Support Group, Army Wellness Center, and Veterinary Treatment Facility. In addition, the Provost Marshal Office will be offering a patrol car display, car seat inspections, child safety tips and much more.
"As KAHC aspires to be the premier system for health, there is no better way than to focus on our future; the health and wellness of the military child," said Capt. Angela Brewer, another event coordinator.
There will be birthday cake to celebrate the clinic's 55th anniversary. The 392nd Army Band rock ensemble will perform popular music. Booths and displays from network providers will be available, and there will be a special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog as well as lots of activities for children of all ages.
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate Kenner's 55th anniversary than with a 5K run and health fair," said Lt. Col. Brett H. Venable, KAHC commander. "This is the perfect opportunity for families to get out, have fun and learn about healthy living."
Kenner is very proud of its health care history, Venable added. Maj. Gen. Albert Walton Kenner, the clinic's namesake, grew up in Virginia and served as an Army doctor for more than 30 years.
Born in Holyoke, Mass., Kenner joined the Army in 1916 after earning doctorate and medical degrees at George Washington University.
In 1930, he became the surgeon for the District of Paris in connection with the Gold Star Mothers and Widows Pilgrimage in Europe.
He served as the chief surgeon during World War II for Gen. George S. Patton's Operation Torch. Kenner continued his service in Europe and retired from active duty June 30, 1949.
As Kenner celebrates its rich history on Saturday, the clinic will continue to focus on providing exceptional health care, Venable emphasized. Kenner's staff works to build and maintain wellness in its patients' lives.
Kenner takes great pride in both its mission and vision statements. The vision statement is "We aspire to be the DOD's premier system for health" -- and mission statement is "We are committed to the delivery of exceptional and compassionate patient-centered care." Both reflect Kenner's goal of shaping a healthier future for Team Lee and the Fort Lee community.
For more information, call (804) 734-9086.
All visitors to Fort Lee who do not have a DOD-issued identification card or a valid previously issued post pass must complete a background check before being allowed to enter the installation. These individuals will need to stop at the Visitor Control Center at the Lee Avenue Gate to complete the access control procedure that typically takes around 10 minutes.