Winder centers its care on Soldiers

By Kirstin Grace-SimonsFebruary 25, 2022

Winder SCMH ribbon cutting
As staff look on, Maj. Niles Motschenbacher, the officer-in-charge of Winder Clinic, cuts a ribbon to signify the transition from a family medical clinic to an active duty Solider clinic, on Feb. 7. Winder is one of Madigan Army Medical Center’s care facilities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – Since 2011, one of Madigan Army Medical Center’s care facilities, Winder Family Medical Clinic, has provided care families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. On Feb. 7, Winder transitioned to a Soldier-Centered Medical Home to focus its care on active duty Soldiers, ensuring their readiness and supporting the Army’s first Multi-Domain Task Force.

Maj. Niles Motschenbacher, the officer-in-charge of Winder, describes the MDTF as, “A scalable unit designed to fight multi-domain operations (cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence, information and space), which is the Army’s future operating concept.”

The MDTF on JBLM is the Army’s first. To ensure its success, Winder held a ceremony where Motschenbacher cut a symbolic ribbon to display the transition from a family clinic to one dedicated to the active duty Soldier.

Winder is named after Sgt. 1st Class Nathan L. Winder, a Special Forces medic assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Washington, who died from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Iraq, in 2007, assisting another U.S. Army element as a member of a U.S. Special Forces Quick Reaction Force.

The clinic shares a building with the Col. Kenneth P. Fulton Dental Clinic. Dr. Fulton, who died in 1977, was a pioneer in military dentistry.

The clinics encompass 45,000 square feet of space composed of 39 primary care exam and 28 dental treatment rooms. It was the first Army Medical Department facility to be certified as a “Gold” certified Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building.

As a SCMH, Winder will partner with the MDTF to support the medical readiness, sick call and primary care needs of its Soldiers.

“The Winder clinic and staff are honored to have provided medical care to both active duty and non-active duty beneficiaries since the clinic opened in 2011,” said Motschenberger. “The clinic received a change of mission and, though we are sad to see our non-active duty patients leave our clinic, we are honored to focus our mission on providing medical support to the growing number of active duty Soldiers and units throughout JBLM.”

Winder’s family member and retiree patients have been assigned new primary care managers at other patient-centered medical homes within the Madigan footprint.

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