FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Lt. Col. Danielle Rodondi assumed command of the Lyster Army Health Clinic from Col. Jimmie Tolvert during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum June 8. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, the ceremony was live-streamed for guests and community members to watch.
Brig. Gen. Michael Place, U.S. Army Regional Health Command-Atlantic commanding general, was host for the ceremony.
"As many of you know, our Military Health System is in the midst of an enormous transformation," Place said. "Critical to any transformation are the leaders that are charged with actualizing the vision of our senior leaders. Thank goodness Army Medicine continues to provide remarkably gifted leaders like Colonel Tolvert and Lieutenant Colonel Rodondi, who understand how to lead."
Tolvert said it was a great honor to serve Lyster and the Fort Rucker community.
"Lyster family, we have been through a lot and I thank you for hanging in there. Thanks for your hard work and dedication," said Tolvert. "In spite of challenges, you made Lyster one of the best clinics in MEDCOM.”
He went on to remark, “Danielle, you have a great team and together you will accomplish greatness.”
Rodondi's recent assignment was professor of military science at Augusta University.
“Colonel Tolvert and the Lyster Army Health Clinic team faced the greatest healthcare challenge in many years and are winning the fight. The quick adaptation of practices to provide safe, quality care is a direct reflection of your leadership and a strong team,” stated Rodondi.
Rodondi said she is honored to be joining the Lyster family. "Lyster Army Health Clinic is an Army values-based professional organization that celebrates diversity and the contributions of every teammate."
Lyster Army Health Clinic serves a population of about 17,000 beneficiaries. The clinic is consistently ranked among the top military treatment facilities in the Regional Health Command-Atlantic for its ability to deliver excellent healthcare.