Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. -- Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland, Regional Health Command-Atlantic commanding general presented the Army Safety Health Management System (ASHMS) star of excellence to McDonald Army Health Center after completing the ASHMS inspection March 4 -- 7, 2019.

"This award demonstrates McDonald's commitment to safety at all levels and recognizes the organization as a leader in occupational safety and health" said Crosland. Passing the inspection was a total team effort with leader and employee involvement in a culture of safety. Achieving the star of excellence is a milestone for MCAHC, not an endpoint, as they continually seek to maximize safety for staff and patients.

The elements of the inspection were leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. ASHMS was implemented by the Army Medical Command in 2012 to promote excellence in safety management throughout Army Medicine.

The ASHMS Star Program was created for exemplary worksites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. MCAHC as a star recipient proves superior in their ability to control workplace hazards. Star participants are reevaluated every three to five years, with incident rates reviewed annually.

Major services at McDonald Army Health Center include Adult and Pediatric Primary Care, Troop Medical Services, Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgical Services with McDonald surgeries performed onsite at Langley Air Force Base. In May 2019, the organization expanded services and established a community based medical home in Williamsburg, VA, which offers Adult and Pediatric Primary Care, Laboratory, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy.

Located in the Tidewater Enhanced Multi-Service Market Area, McDonald Army Health Center partners with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, United States Air Force Hospital Langley, and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Hampton, VA, to provide care for over 27,000 enrolled beneficiaries.