FORT HOOD – Units from the 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, began supporting the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) on March 29, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to increase the medical care given to patients who are suspected of being exposed to COVID-19, the 61st MMB medical professionals augmented the efforts CRDAMC already had in place to treat those exposed to COVID-19.
The 61st MMB provided the expertise of Soldiers from their area support medical companies, who began operating the Role 2, or limited hospital capabilities, from the CRDAMC parking lot.
“I have been blessed to be able to act as the subject matter expert during the creation, set-up and tear down, of four companies in supporting and providing care to over 1,760 service members and beneficiaries from the very beginning of the COVID-19 response,” said Capt. Kara Johnson, clinical operations nurse for 61st MMB."
On average, the Role 2 treated 18 patients daily, including weekends. This allowed the 61st MMB Soldiers the opportunity to put their clinical skills and training into practical use, while also helping serve the community.
“It was a great way to care for our community members, while at the same time training us for our Kosovo mission,” said Capt. Madison Hernandez, the 566th Medical Company Commander.
Being able to continue assisting in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has been beneficial and rewarding for Soldiers and leaders alike.
“We are honored to be able to execute the Role 2 mission in support of COVID operations," said Lt. Col. Nicole Spears, the 61st MMB Battalion Commander. "This provides great hands on training for our Soldiers and a means to build relationships within our community,”
The 61st MMB will continue to support the Role 2 for the foreseeable future until the current crisis is over.