U.S. Army’s Regional Health Command-Atlantic senior leaders visited Lyster Army Health Clinic on Fort Rucker, Alabama to learn about its clinic operations, people, and mission on Sept. 22, 2021. RHC-A Commander Brig. Gen. Mary Krueger and RHC-A Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Rebecca Booker also met with leaders from Brown Dental Clinic, Fort Rucker Veterinary Treatment Facility, and the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker.
Lt. Col. Danielle Rodondi, Lyster commander, briefed Krueger and Booker on several topics that included how the clinic keeps aviators medically ready, COVID-19 operations, and routine primary care. “Lyster’s commitment to keeping aviators in the air captures what Army Medicine is all about,” Krueger stated.
Rodondi also told the RHC-A team about how Lyster is going the extra mile to bring resilience opportunities directly to staff in the clinic. Multiple resiliency events have and will be hosted at Lyster for staff to participate in to ease burn-out and promote self-care. “We have to ensure we’re taking care of our team, so they can be their best to care for our community,” said Rodondi. “We’ve seen how this pandemic has been a struggle for many. Providing our team with resources to stay mentally fit and resilient is one of the ways we’re caring for our people.”
While visiting, Booker met and spoke Sgt. Maj. Shavonda McLean, Lyster’s senior enlisted advisor, and other Lyster noncommissioned officers.
During the one-day visit, Krueger and Booker also made time in their schedule to recognize members of the Lyster staff who were identified as being key to supporting Lyster’s clinical operations.
Primary Care Clinic’s noncommissioned officer in charge, Staff Sgt. Mason Sauerwein, received a coin from Krueger for his impact on clinic operations. Sauerwein was recognized for his ability to lead from the front.
“It is truly an honor to be recommended for recognition from my Command Team and be given a coin from the RHC-A CG,” Sauerwein remarked. “The Lyster family is a very hard-working group that does not always make it into the spotlight. I could not accomplish my missions without the help of my dedicated NCOs and stellar Soldiers.”
During the visit, Krueger and Booker also handed out commander coins to:
· Pfc Jacqualyn Alexander, COVID-Vaccination Clinic
· Kim Downing, LPN, Upper Respiratory Clinic
· Carla Graham, Managed Care Division
· Capt. Catherine Munro, Medical Company Commander
· Phyllis Perdue, Chief of Patient Administration
· Derek Wolske, Group Practice Manager
RHC-A maintains the readiness of America's fighting men and women through care that maintains, restores and improves their ability to deploy on a moment's notice anywhere in the world. And when its Soldiers deploy, they ensure that a ready medical force is ready to deploy with them, professionally trained and ready to provide world class casualty care. RHC-A, is working to build a healthier Army and healthier nation. Learn more about RHC-A by visiting Regional Health Command Atlantic (army.mil).
RHC-A is aligned under Army Medicine whose mission is provide ready and sustained health services support and force health protection in support of the Total Force to enable readiness and to conserve the fighting strength while caring for its people and their families.