By Inkyeong Yun, BDAACH UPARSeptember 23, 2019
U.S. ARMY GARRISON -- HUMPHREYS, PYEONGTAEK, KOREA -- The new world-class medical and ambulatory care center was dedicated in memory of its former commander, Col. Brian D. Allgood, a physician who made the ultimate sacrifice when his helicopter was shot down by enemy fire on January 20, 2007, in Iraq, on 20 September 2019. The family of Col. Allgood, distinguished guests, Korean medical partners, Soldiers, Families, and Civilians gathered to honor the true servant leader who was always passionate about ensuring soldiers and their families had the best medical care.
The ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Jack Davis, Deputy Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Pacific and Col. Andrew Landers, Commander of Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital. The late Col. Allgood's family including his mother Mrs. Cleo Allgood, wife Col. (R) Jane Allgood, brother Bradley Allgood, uncle Richard Allgood, and cousin Ace Allgood were in attendance.
Senior mission and medical command leaders including General Robert Abrams, Commanding General of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea, Maj. Gen. Daniel Christian, Deputy Commanding General-Support of 8th U.S. Army and Brigadier Gen. Jack Davis, Deputy Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Pacific attended along with sixteen host nation medical partner representatives.
During his remarks, Davis shared that the ceremony is a culmination of a lot of hard work by many people, not to mention the steadfast support of the great partners in the Republic of Korea. He emphasized how symbolic this hospital is of Army medicine's long-standing commitment to providing world-class healthcare to military service members, veterans, and their Families. He noted that the opening of the new Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital will allow Army Medicine to maintain the high standard of care that more than 60,000 service members and Families assigned in Korea have come to know and expect.
"It covers over four-hundred-and-eighteen-thousand square feet of space and leverages cutting-edge technology to enhance clinical operations, safety and satisfaction for both the staff and patients," said Davis.
"The world we live in today has become very complex and dangerous, and our forces must be postured and ready at all times, and having confidence in knowing that their families' health care needs will be taken care of in their absence is a priority that Army medicine takes very seriously."
Davis emphasized how fitting it is to have this state of the art medical facility to be dedicated in honor of the late Colonel Brian D. Allgood, a respected Army orthopedic surgeon, and commander, who selflessly served and set the example for others to follow. Davis' emphasis was followed by retired Command Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Alcantara who served with Col. Allgood as his Command Sergeant Major for over four years at 18th Medical Command in the Republic of Korea and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He told the audience that Col. Allgood was an incredible commander, leader, Soldier, husband, and father who was admired, respected, and loved by all who came into contact with him. Alcantara shared a few stories he collected from soldiers and staff who worked with Col. Allgood. Every story he shared described the humble servant leader who was passionate about providing high-quality healthcare to our Soldiers and families.
"His commitment to his patients, to his soldiers, and the medical field in general, was contagious and resulted in the development of a team that accepted nothing short of excellence in its performance" said Alcantara. "His generous smile, his kind character, his innate sense of fairness, and his keen ability to find empathy for all situations, made him a leader that we all wanted to follow anywhere and everywhere. Col. Allgood built a family of caregivers whose commitment to selfless service was unrivaled. I am so pleased to see this new Army Hospital named in his honor. It is a fitting Legacy."
The Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital (BDAACH), now located at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, Pyeongtaek, South Korea was historically located within U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea. Its mission is to provide high quality, compassionate, and safe patient care in support to the Eighth U.S. Army and all supported forces throughout the Korean theater of operations across the entire spectrum of plausible conflicts, from peacetime engagements through combat operations.
With a 68-bed capacity, Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital (BDAACH) provides medical services at an annual rate of 359,526 outpatient encounters; 1,367 inpatient encounters; 263,840 prescriptions filled; 1,234 surgeries performed; and approximately 239 births all supported with a combined workforce of both military and civilian personnel.
The new BDAACH is the largest medical asset on U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys, medically equipped to support 65,000 eligible beneficiaries and 5,000 inpatient admissions. BDAACH's Ambulatory Care Center can provide support for 56,300 eligible beneficiaries and 200,000 annual outpatient visits. BDAACH has expanded from its previous 38-bed set-up to 68 total inpatient beds consisting of six intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 40 medical/surgical units, four operating rooms, eight labor and delivery (L&D) beds and 14 behavioral health beds. A 1,000 space parking garage along with 949 surface parking spaces support the new facility. BDAACH is scheduled to open the facility for its first patient on 15 November 2019.