USAHC Stuttgart adds new facility to its COVID-19 fight toolkit
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 12, 2021, next to U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart at Patch Barracks, to usher in the new Acute Respiratory Clinic, or ARC, approximately 12 months after the clinic’s first COVID-19 case.
From left to right: Col. E. Lee Bryan, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria commander; Lt. Col. Maria Bruton, USAHC Stuttgart commander; and Col. Jason Condrey, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander. (Photo Credit: Jason Johnston)
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STUTTGART, Germany -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 12, 2021, next to U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart at Patch Barracks, to usher in the new Acute Respiratory Clinic, or ARC, approximately 12 months after the clinic’s first COVID-19 case.

The ARC will provide staff with a location separate from the health clinic to evaluate and assist patients with respiratory symptoms, said USAHC Stuttgart commander, Lt. Col. Maria Bruton.

“This new space will allow our team to safely address any health-related concerns for patients with respiratory symptoms without exposing them to healthy patients and multiple staff members,” she added.

USAHC Stuttgart adds new facility to its COVID-19 fight toolkit
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From left to right: Col. Jason Condrey, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander; Lt. Col. Maria Bruton, USAHC Stuttgart commander; and Col. E. Lee Bryan, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria commander. (Photo Credit: Jason Johnston)
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USAHC Stuttgart adds new facility to its COVID-19 fight toolkit
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From left to right: Col. E. Lee Bryan, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria commander; Lt. Col. Maria Bruton, USAHC Stuttgart commander; and Col. Jason Condrey, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander. (Photo Credit: Jason Johnston)
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Currently, patients with acute respiratory symptoms are escorted through a separate entrance to isolation rooms in the main clinic where they can be treated. The new structures add four exam rooms and two waiting rooms outside of the regular clinic.

USAHC Stuttgart executive officer, Maj. Riliwan Ottun, said the two structures are designed to direct patients in and out of separate doors, to ensure adequate spacing between patient encounters.

“The doors into and out of the exam room are equipped with negative pressured HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system to ensure that air within the exam room does not circulate into the rest of the structure,” said Ottun.

USAHC Stuttgart adds new facility to its COVID-19 fight toolkit
Maj. Riliwan Ottun, U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart executive officer, points to an exam room while standing in the waiting room of a new Acute Respiratory Clinic, or ARC. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 12, 2021, next to USAHC Stuttgart at Patch Barracks, to usher in the new ARC approximately 12 months after the clinic’s first COVID-19 case. (Photo Credit: Becca Castellano) VIEW ORIGINAL

He added that patients who present with acute respiratory symptoms at the COVID-19 drive-through testing center or main clinic, will be directed to the ARC for further evaluation by a healthcare physician during duty hours.

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Deputy Director 3/5/7, Lt. Col. David McGurk, said the idea for the ARC was “born out of necessity” and initial planning began in late August.

“With the winter months approaching, it was apparent we needed an additional resource managed by the health clinic, with adequate shelter from the elements and power and water to segregate those potentially afflicted by the coronavirus from the general population,” said McGurk.

Organizations and commands across the garrison collaborated to bring the concept to life. From planning, to major Department of Public Works efforts, to the final medical certifications, McGurk said the success of the project “truly was a team effort.”