By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 19, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 19, 2012) -- After a year's wait, the Brown Dental Clinic moves back home to its renovated facility in Bldg. 4405 on Innkeeper Street July 25.
The clinic hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house July 25 at 10 a.m.
The clinic increased its capacity from 17 chairs to 22 and received new paint, flooring, equipment, computers and style.
"It has been a long wait, but it's been worth it," said Linda Wimes, a health system specialist at the clinic.
The temporary building suited the needs of patients, but not without a few hiccups. "There was barely enough parking. It became a burden with two medical facilities sharing the same asphalt lot, but luckily we have the gravel pad that has really helped with the congestion with sharing the space with Lyster," said Lt. Col. Robert J. Selders, commander of the clinic.
He also stated that there will be no policy changes and the new clinic will be able to see around 75 patients a day in the remodeled facility, "So there's no excuse for not making an appointment."
Dental awareness is important for all Soldiers, said the commander. "Our mission is to make sure the Soldiers have combat-ready dental health. Dental health cannot be neglected. It can prevent a Soldier from doing his or her duty, and it's something that most people generally forget."
The clinic has six dentists and five hygienists with the room to expand with the new building's arrangement and configuration.
The new clinic has digital X-rays and TV monitors with headphones at each station. There is also a large TV in the waiting room where Selders said the patients will be presented with media on proper dental hygiene. "The patient education screens are so important to remind Soldiers about daily dental awareness."
The project also had a positive effect on the environment. "Everything out of the old building was recycled; from doors to equipment," said Sgt. Herman Thomas the NCO in charge of the Brown Dental Clinic. "The remodeling is a green build."
The building is quite an eye opener, said Selders. "This is top notch stuff, it's not second best."
Routine dental services are given Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. till 4:15 p.m. by appointment, unless otherwise posted. To make an appointment at the Brown Dental Clinic call 255-3393.