YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA - Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commanding general, Regional Health Command-Pacific presented the 'Safety Star', known as the Army Safety and Health Management System (ASHMS) banner to Brian Allgood Army Community Hospital, October 31, 2017.

ASHMS is the development of a culture of safety in which safety is part of everyone's daily routine. The purpose of ASHMS is to promote an effective worksite-based safety and health program. It is a cooperative, action-oriented approach where supervisors, managers, employees and contractors work together to combat workplace hazards to reduce injuries and illness.

BAACH has successfully demonstrated that it has met all Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program's requirements for full implementation of the Army's Safety and Health Management System when the ASHMS audit took place in June 2017.

During the presentation ceremony, Providence congratulated the organization for receiving the very first 'Safety Star' in the region. "Having a culture of safety is a journey and this banner is a milestone. I encourage you to continue to keep up the good work."

"This is something Col. Brian Allgood would have loved to have for the hospital" added Providence as he shared his memories of Allgood during his time at BAACH where Allgood served as the commander from June 2004 through June 2006. BAACH was memorialized with his name in 2008.

"The achievement reflects a genuine team effort. We couldn't have done this without the effort of every single member in the organization," said Col. Erica Clarkson, BAACH commander. "And our work didn't stop after the audit. We are still living in the culture of safety and working every day to make it a safer place."