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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the Memorial Day Federal holiday.  The hospital remains open every day for emergency, labor and delivery, and inpatient care services.

    Primary and Urgent Care Services

     Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, the Pediatric Clinic, the Troop Medical Clinics and Internal Medicine Clinic will be closed Friday through Monday (May 22 – 25).

     All active-duty Soldiers and TRICARE Prime enrollees assigned to Thomas Moore, Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Pediatrics, and the Troop Medical Clinics can receive care at Thomas Moore Health Clinic on Friday, May 22, from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Thomas Moore Clinic will be closed Saturday through Monday (May 23 – 25).

     TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent or emergent care needs should seek assistance at the CRDAMC Emergency Department.

     The Patient Appointment Service, (254) 288-8888, is open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, May 22.  The Patient Appointment Service will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 23 -25).  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, 26 May.

     Beneficiaries may schedule and cancel appointments using TRICARE Online (TOL).  Please visit www.tricare.mil

      

    Darnall and its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.

     

    Nurse Advice Line

    Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (800) TRICARE or 1- 800- 874- 2273, Option 1. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area entitled to military healthcare may talk to registered nurses about urgent health issues, guidance on non-emergency situations, and information about self-care for injuries or illnesses.

     

     

     

    Pharmacies

    Friday, May 22

    CRDAMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy and the Thomas Moore Health Clinic Pharmacy will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Refill Pharmacy, located in the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

     

    Saturday, May 23

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. –

    5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only.

     

    The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

     

    Sunday, May 24

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed.

     

    Monday, May 25

    The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

     

    All CRDAMC pharmacies return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the Memorial Day Federal holiday.  The hospital remains open every day for emergency, labor and delivery, and inpatient care services.

    Primary and Urgent Care Services

     Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, the Pediatric Clinic, the Troop Medical Clinics and Internal Medicine Clinic will be closed Friday through Monday (May 22 – 25).

     All active-duty Soldiers and TRICARE Prime enrollees assigned to Thomas Moore, Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Pediatrics, and the Troop Medical Clinics can receive care at Thomas Moore Health Clinic on Friday, May 22, from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Thomas Moore Clinic will be closed Saturday through Monday (May 23 – 25).

     TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent or emergent care needs should seek assistance at the CRDAMC Emergency Department.

     The Patient Appointment Service, (254) 288-8888, is open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, May 22.  The Patient Appointment Service will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 23 -25).  Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, 26 May.

     Beneficiaries may schedule and cancel appointments using TRICARE Online (TOL).  Please visit www.tricare.mil

      

    Darnall and its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.

     

    Nurse Advice Line

    Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (800) TRICARE or 1- 800- 874- 2273, Option 1. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area entitled to military healthcare may talk to registered nurses about urgent health issues, guidance on non-emergency situations, and information about self-care for injuries or illnesses.

     

     

     

    Pharmacies

    Friday, May 22

    CRDAMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy and the Thomas Moore Health Clinic Pharmacy will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Refill Pharmacy, located in the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

     

    Saturday, May 23

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. –

    5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only.

     

    The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

     

    Sunday, May 24

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed.

     

    Monday, May 25

    The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

     

    All CRDAMC pharmacies return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 26.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Department will celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month with a Health and Wellness Information Fair Monday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Fort Hood Community Events and Bingo Center next to the Clear Creek PX.

    This event is free and open to the public. The fair’s theme is “Overcoming Obstacles, Restoring Balance and Building Resiliency.” Many behavioral health resources from Fort Hood and local communities will be highlighting the services they offer to Soldiers and families to positively impact their overall health, wellbeing, and personal growth. 

    Tommie Harris, former NFL football pro and Killeen native, will speak at 11 a.m. on overcoming adversities.  He will be available for signing autographs following his presentation.  

    Live demonstrations will be held throughout the day on bio-feedback, massage, chiropractic care, and more. There will also be several booths presenting information and assistance on topics like stress management, depression, autism, Post Traumatic Stress, alcohol and substance abuse, self-care and wellness, and community support resources.

    Media interested in covering this event should R.S.V.P. with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 288-8087 by  3 p.m. Friday, May 15 for gate time.

  • CRDAMC nursing staff members play “CRDAMC Phrases Bingo,” one of the many activities held to promote national Nurses Week May 6-12. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas—Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center honored its more than 900 nursing staff members during national Nurses Week as they celebrated with a series of fun and educational events.

    National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nurses and the critical role they serve in saving lives and improving patients’ health.

    “Nurses have direct impact on the outcome of the health of patients and we’re seeing a positive culture change as we practice patient-centered care throughout Army medicine,” Col. Brian Kondrat, deputy commander for Nursing and Patient Services, said in his remarks at the Nurses Week kickoff ceremony. “What you do every day resonates with our patients.”

    This year’s theme “Ethical Practice, Quality Care” emphasizes the need to sustain safe, competent, ethical environments to ensure positive patient outcomes. The theme also fits with Army Medicine’s Patient Caring Touch System’s value of the month--advocacy.

    “When you speak out on behalf of the patients you serve, you are advocating for that patient. It’s about promoting patients’ rights, ensuring patients’ needs are met and following standard procedures and medical ethics,” Kondrat said. “Ethical practice means to show courage to report any mistakes or errors early and often. By reporting events in a timely manner we can change systems and processes to make it safer for all and improve outcomes for patients.”

    Nursing is the nation's largest health care profession with nearly three million employed professionals. The nursing staff at Darnall includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners who work in clinics, managed care, behavioral health, education and training, public health, and quality management. They are advocates for quality care in various roles ranging from direct care, educator, researcher, and administrator and fill many job roles such as nurse navigators, care coordinator specialists and nurse wellness coaches.

    In her 29 years as an Army nurse, Col. Ann Blunt, chief, Maternal-Child Health Nursing, has seen many changes.

    Blunt was a civilian nurse for two years before receiving a direct commission and transitioning to Army nursing. Since her first duty assignment at Fort Bliss, she has served in different departments and clinics at a variety of posts around the world.

    “The biggest changes, of course, are in technology. I think one of the most positive changes is Army medicine’s focus on patient-centered care. We’ve always said it but now we have practices and policies in place which support it,” Blunt said.

    Capt. Amy Hammock, clinical nurse officer-in-charge, Labor and Delivery, agreed with Blunt, adding that the Army does a good job about adhering to standards to ensure the best possible care for patients.

    A former enlisted Soldier, Hammock used the GI Bill to get her degree in nursing and then spent most of her civilian career at Scott and White Hospital working in the emergency room, surgical trauma unit and Labor and Delivery department.

    “Having been both a civilian and a military nurse, I can say that the care and services we provide are the same. The big difference I see is that the Army exceeds the standards on providing positive outcomes for patients,” Hammock said. “If there’s an incident or finding reported, immediately they are on it investigating and implementing steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. It’s all about keeping the patients and families healthy and safe.”

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    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program Star Achiever facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants and is part of a five-year quality improvement project aimed at reversing the low percentage of Texas mothers who exclusively breastfeed for six months.

    CRDAMC, the first Army Medical Center in Texas to earn this distinction, joins a growing number of Texas birthing facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed. The goal of the Texas Ten Step Program is to increase breastfeeding initiation rates to 82 percent. 

     “With almost 3,000 births yearly, we have to concentrate on providing the best evidence-based, mother-baby care we can,” said Col. Patricia Darnauer, CRDAMC Commander.  “We have worked very hard to become a Texas Ten Step Star Achiever and are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.”

    Research shows that breastfeeding is the best option for moms and babies, ensuring babies receive the critical nutrients and antibodies that help them thrive and protect them from germs and reduce risk of illness such as asthma, childhood obesity, diabetes and other infections.

    Still, many women have concerns or fears that lead them to choose not to breastfeed.

    “Many mothers simply aren’t aware of the benefits of breastfeeding or may not know how to get started. Breastfeeding may not always be as simple and easy to do as many think,” said Tara Haberl, a CRDAMC nurse educator and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “We want our mothers to know that we are here to help them every step of the way. We offer a wide variety of support, with hands-on training and education.”

    CRDAMC has lactation consultants in the Mother/Baby Unit, the Women’s Health Center and the Newborn Follow-Up Clinic. Education starts at mom’s initial visits and breastfeeding classes are offered every month. A new parent support program is also available that provides free in-home breastfeeding support, parenting skills support and child development information.

    Another thing that has helped increase breastfeeding rates, Haberl added, is the ‘Skin to Skin’ practice, best-evidence based care where the newborn is placed on mom’s abdomen for its first hour of life.

    “We are already seeing success from all of our efforts to increase breastfeeding,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Christine Laky, medical director of Labor and Delivery and assistant chief, OB/GYN. “Women, Infant and Children (WIC) data shows we have highest rates of initiation and continuation of exclusive breastfeeding. We meet or exceed national averages and exceed the average rates for this area.”

    Having earned the Texas Ten Step Star Achiever designation, the next step is for CRDAMC to become certified as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, a World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) worldwide program that certifies hospitals and birthing centers with an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood residents will have the opportunity to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event April 24 - 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Main Pharmacy and the PX Refill Pharmacy.

    Patients can bring all expired and unused medication to the pharmacy. The pharmacy will issue patients a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) approved, prepaid envelope to put the medication into and seal shut. Patients can then drop off the envelope at any U.S. postal office mailbox or give to their mail carriers.

    Envelopes will only be given to patients who bring their expired medication directly to the pharmacy. Each pharmacy has the ability to assist up to 50 patients each.

    The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, enabling Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets - a crucial step toward reducing the prescription drug abuse that is plaguing the nation. Per the DEA, Americans have turned in more than 4 million pounds of prescription drugs to date for safe and proper disposal through National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day programs.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – As part of Social Work Month, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Department of Behavioral Health will hold a symposium for all Fort Hood behavioral health providers, military and civilian, March 27 at the Fort Hood Events Center and Bingo Hall.

    The theme of the event is “Joint Social Work Community: Serving Those Who Serve” and will feature opening remarks by Col. Patricia Darnauer, CRDAMC commander; plus presentations from Army and Navy social work consultants, an Air Force social work representative and the Chaplain.

    There will be two professional development and staff training sessions with each session offering three continuing education units (CEUs). The morning session is from 8-11 a.m. and the afternoon session is from 12-3:30 p.m.

    For more information or to RSVP, contact Family Advocacy Program at (254) 286 - 6562.                                                   

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic will hold an education and awareness open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at building 40022 on Support Ave.

    The public is invited to attend and learn more about concussion and brain health and how the clinic is helping Soldiers and their families deal with the effects of TBI. There will be several displays and interactive education booths, demonstrations and guest speakers. Representatives from post and community behavioral health resources will also be on site.

    Media interested in covering this event should R.S.V.P. with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 288-8087 by 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 for gate time.

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  • Employees of Red River Company paint the foyer of the Fort Hood Fisher House as part of a renovation project they completed Feb. 19. More than a hundred employees from the New Hampshire-based IT company volunteered time and money to help give the Fisher House a complete remodel from top to bottom. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)      

    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Fisher House just got a lot homier thanks to a $250,000 remodel project and the charitable efforts of the Red River Company, an IT services provider to the U.S. government and Department of Defense (DoD).

    The Fisher House is a "home away from home" for military personnel (both active and retired) and their families during a medical crisis. The house has a warm, compassionate environment where families and caring friends can nurture one another in times of need.

    “It’s important for us to have the families’ stay at our house be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We’ve redone the house from top to bottom and now are proud to provide an even more amazing, comfortable place that our families can call home during their stay,” according to Theresa Johnson, director of the Fort Hood Fisher House.

    The project, which began last month, is the first major renovation to the house since it opened in 1998.  The Fisher House has been closed during the remodel yet is continuing to support families through the foundation’s Hotels for Heroes program, which uses donated hotel points to put families in hotels in the community. Plans are to reopen the beginning of April.

    The Army Fisher House Foundation covered the cost of new floors and furniture, and the Red River Company donated more than $15,000 of computers, appliances and supplies and material.

    Plus, more than a hundred employees from the New Hampshire-based company, who were in Austin for their annual sales conference, came to Fort Hood Feb. 19 pitching in the labor to complete the renovations. They painted, installed new appliances, counters and fixtures and even built a concrete patio for the new gas grill they donated.

    “Philanthropy is in our company’s DNA and it’s an integral part of what we do. This year we were happy to be able to give back to the military community,” said Rick Bolduc, Red River’s CEO. “It was especially heartwarming knowing that everything we do here will have an impact on families in their time of need.”

    That commitment to provide the best possible support and dedication for military members, veterans and their families is the premise behind the Fisher Foundation, Johnson said.

    “They deserve the best and this is one way we can help,” she said. “We can’t do this without community involvement. We’re grateful for everything that organizations such as Red River have done to support us.”

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    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas— Three Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Army nurses are striving to take their careers to the next level—the highest level now available to nurses.

    The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., transitioned its two-year master’s degree program to a three-year Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program early in 2014. Service-members that have been selected to the program spend the first two years at the University and then for the last year, Phase II, they are assigned to a military medical center for a hands-on learning experience in a clinical setting.

    Capt. Holly Archer and Majors Kelley Togiola and Tommy Thompson began their DNP Phase II education in April at Darnall, one of five Phase II sites. All three will become Family Nurse Practitioners.

    “It is an intensive program preparing them to provide primary healthcare. Our students will complete more than 1,700 hours of clinical training in preparation to be responsible for a full panel of approximately 1,300 patients once they graduate,” said Lt. Col. John Meyer, Clinical Assistant Professor and Site Director at CRDAMC. “Their training is comprehensive as they spend blocks of their time rotating through the various specialty clinics and departments such as Podiatry, Women’s Health, Physical Therapy, Occupational Health, Orthopedics and Radiology.”

    As part of the Phase II program, the students are assigned to a provider at a Patient Medical Home, who becomes the students’ preceptor, and is responsible for training and mentoring them in all aspects of clinical practices and daily patient care.

    “The nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians who precept our students have much to offer in the way of clinical expertise. The experience and knowledge they voluntarily share with our students is invaluable,” Meyer said.

    A unique highlight for the nurses in the DNP program here, according to Meyer, is that they are able to do two-week rotations at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Temple, Texas.

    “The typical patient population in the Darnall health system is younger. By developing this collaborative arrangement, our students have the opportunity to spend time managing patients who are older, thus giving them experience with illness and conditions that present in older adults. It is truly a valuable bit of experience for them. Sharing that knowledge resource between two Federal healthcare systems here in Central Texas makes a lot of sense these days.”

    In addition to the daily work in the clinics, students are also required to complete a Scholarly Inquiry Project and 16-20 credit hours of course work.

    Maj. Kelley Togiola, who is doing her training at Killeen Medical Home, said she is very happy to have been selected for the program.  

    “I really like it. It’s a great combination of academics and experience. I’m learning such a broad scope of things,” she said. “Rotating through the different specialties and the training at the VA hospital has been invaluable in giving me a well-rounded experience.”

    Working closely with her preceptor and those at the various clinics also adds to her education, she said, as she benefits from their personal tips and advice on taking care of patients.

    “I enjoy patient care and this program allows me to see what a higher-level relationship with patients looks like,” she said.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Robertson Blood Center will honor the past year’s top individual and unit blood donors at its annual Donor Recognition Ceremony Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m., at Club Hood.  III Corps and Fort Hood Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Kendall Cox will be the guest speaker.

     

    January is National Blood Donor Recognition Month, a time set aside to specifically thank donors and raise community awareness about the ongoing blood donation mission.

     

    “We are grateful to our donors, but also want others to know we still need blood,” said 1st  Lt. Sarah Matthews, director, RBC. “We are always in need of more donors. Everyone—Soldiers, civilians working on post, family members, retirees—can all donate blood at RBC.”  

     

    The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will include special awards and recognitions, information on donating, music by the 1st Cavalry Ensemble and refreshments.

     

    Media interested in covering this event should R.S.V.P. with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8087 or (254) 338-6087 by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 for gate time.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will be closed in observance of federal and training holidays on Thursday, Dec. 25; Friday, Dec. 26; Jan. 1, and Jan. 2, 2015.

    Thomas Moore Health Clinic will be open on Jan. 2, 2015.

    Darnall and all its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 5, 2015.

    Beneficiaries with urgent care needs should report to CRDAMC Emergency Department.

    The Patient Appointment System will not be available for Dec. 25 and 26; and Jan. 1, 2015. Patients will be given the menu option for acute care and directed to 1-800-TRICARE (the nurse advice line). The PAS will be available Jan. 2, 2015.

    Nurse Advice Line

    The Nurse Advice Line is available 24 hours a day to provide information on urgent health issues, guidance for non-emergency situations, and instructions for self-care for minor injuries and illnesses and assistance with scheduling appointments. Tricare beneficiaries may speak to a registered nurse on the nurse advice line by calling 1-800- TRICARE (874-2273) Option 1.

    Pharmacies

    The hospital and clinic pharmacies will be closed Dec. 25; Dec. 26; Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2015. The hospital pharmacy will be open only for emergency room/hospital discharge patients 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m. on all days.

    The Refill Pharmacy located at Clear Creek PX, will be closed only on Dec. 25 and have normal operating hours the rest of the days.

    All pharmacies will maintain normal hours on Jan. 5, 2015.

     

                                                               

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  • Capts. Julie Pack (left) and Dawn Hull, veterinarians from the Fort Hood Veterinary Center, flush the eye of Ggustav during his physical exam before the foster puppy from the latest litter of the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Breeding Program is handed over to her new foster family. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

    FORT HOOD, Texas—They arrived at Fort Hood a little nervous, a bit curious and a lot anxious to start their extended stay at the Great Place with their new families.

    Seven Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd puppies from the latest litter of the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Breeding Program at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, met their foster families Dec. 12 during orientation at the Fort Hood Military Working Dog Kennel.

    The breeding program, administered by the 341st Training Squadron, provides working dogs to every service branch and is among the largest military breeding programs in the world. The squadron’s Military Working Dog Training Program teaches the dogs how to patrol and detect drugs and bombs for specialized missions both stateside and overseas.

    Not every puppy born in the program makes it all the way through. From birth on, the dog is evaluated for characteristics that would indicate its potential to be a successful military working dog. At about eight weeks of age, puppies showing potential are then placed in a foster home, where they stay for about five months.

    “Fostering is an important part of the military working dog’s life. The dogs are exposed to a variety of environments. The families take the dogs everywhere--to stores, to school, to work. They are socialized with other people and other animals. They are exposed to different sounds and situations,” said Renae Johnson, volunteer coordinator at Fort Hood. Johnson, who retired from the MWD Training Center, helped find families in this area to foster the puppies.

    She is fostering FFlint II, offspring of one of the past fosters she’s had.  All DoD military working dogs are given names with double-initials.

    Normally the foster program has limited its families to those living within a two-hour drive from Lackland Air Force Base to ensure the puppies can be monitored by the 341st and receive their care by DoD veterinarians there.

    The Fort Hood Veterinary Center can provide the emergency and routine medical care to the foster puppies so it made sense to expand the foster care program to this area.

    “We’re excited to add the DoD working dogs program’s fosters to our mission. We could end up seeing a foster puppy again if it graduates and then gets assigned to Fort Hood. It’s fulfilling to know that we’ve helped care for a puppy that comes back as an important part of our team of working dogs,” said Capt. Dawn Hull, branch chief at the Fort Hood Veterinary Center. The center’s mission is to provide food defense and safety for the installation and medical care for Fort Hood’s military working dogs and horses. The staff also provides veterinary services to the pets of authorized military beneficiaries.

    Being able to expand the foster program outside of the San Antonio area helps expand the program’s capabilities yet keeps the costs of the program manageable, according to Tracy Cann, breeding program foster consultant for the DoD MWD Center.

    “While we have many qualified foster homes, our puppy production is going up so it’s always a good idea to recruit more foster families. We have a litter going out right after New Year’s and then another one in mid-February. There will certainly be more opportunities coming up for Fort Hood families to foster,” Cann said.

    There are certain requirements to become a foster family for the DoD MWD, Cann added. Families should have a home with a yard. Preferably families should not have children younger than four years old. Families have to have time and patience to raise a young puppy from twelve weeks to six months of age and have the desire and interest to learn how to raise a future military working dog.

    “It’s not so much about obedience,” Cann explained to the new fosters, “as it is about expanding the puppies’ horizons. It’s all about exposing them to noises, new places, people, animals. It’s about letting them be sociable, not overly aggressive, and eager to play with toys and balls.”

    Then families must be able to part with the puppy after of it’s been a part of your family for six months.

    That’s not always easy to do.

    As Ggladys squirmed with excitement in her lap, Jessica Blanchard thought about having to give her up at the end of the foster period.

    “We’ll just foster another one then,” she said, laughing. “I’m just really excited to do this. I love dogs. And I know how important working dogs are to the Army.”

    Her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Randy Blanchard, is a kennel master with the 226th Military Working Dog Detachment here. They already have a mutt and a springer spaniel, a retired military working dog they recently adopted. This is the couple’s first time fostering a puppy.

    Families interested in becoming a foster family for a DoD MWD Breeding program puppy can find more information here: http://www.37trw.af.mil/units/37traininggroup/341sttrainingsquadron/index.asp.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 27-28.  The hospital remains open every day for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services.

    Thursday, Nov. 27 – Thanksgiving Day

    All CRDAMC primary care clinics and pharmacies will be closed.

    Beneficiaries with urgent care needs should report to CRDAMC Emergency Department.

    Friday, Nov. 28

    Thomas Moore Health Clinic will maintain normal clinic hours Friday, Nov. 28.

    All other primary care clinics will be closed.

     Darnall and all its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

    Patient Appointment Service

    The Patient Appointment System will not be available Nov. 27 and 28.

    Beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at 1- 800-TRICARE (874-2273) for assistance with urgent health issues and scheduling appointments.

    Pharmacies

    All pharmacies will be closed Nov. 27.

    The Refill Pharmacy located at Clear Creek PX and Thomas Moore clinic pharmacy will be open Nov. 28.

     

     

    Nurse Advice Line

    The Nurse Advice Line is available 24 hours a day to provide information on urgent health issues, guidance for non-emergency situations, and instructions for self-care for minor injuries and illnesses and assistance with scheduling appointments. Tricare beneficiaries may speak to a registered nurse on the nurse advice line by calling 1-800- TRICARE (874-2273) Option 1.

     

     

                                                               

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, in conjunction with the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, announce the official opening of a new sleep center in Killeen.  The Central Texas Sleep Center is a joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense initiative to improve access for active duty Soldiers and Veterans who need sleep studies.

    Col. Patricia Darnauer, commander, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and Ms. Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, director, Central Texas Veterans Health System  will be among the officials at an informal Ribbon Cutting ceremony Friday, Nov 14 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at 3401 Kaydence Court.

    Attendees will be able to meet staff and tour the new center after the ceremony.

    Media interested in attending this event should call Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Public Affairs Officer at 245-288-8005 or the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Public Affairs Officer at 254-743-2376 or 254-534-0304.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fisher House will host the Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk, or Roll Nov. 1 at III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters from 6-9 a.m. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:15 a.m.

    There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public. Non-military ID card holders may get a day pass for Saturday at the Visitor Center.

    Boots bearing pictures of Fallen Service Members will line the 5K route on the day of the event.  After the event, they will be displayed at III Corps Headquarters for one week. 


    Media interested in attending the event should meet CRDAMC Public Affairs at the main gate at 5:30 a.m.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s 40th Annual Retiree Health Fair will be held here Nov. 1 at the Thomas Moore Health Clinic, 58th Street and 761st Tank Battalion Ave.

    Representatives from various CRDAMC clinics and departments will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. dispensing information, conducting screenings, and answering questions for Retirees and their families.

    There will be booths and information on topics such as tobacco cessation, nutrition, complementary and alternative medicines, diabetes, asthma, Team Up in your health care, women’s health, pharmacy, physical therapy, substance abuse and behavioral health.

    Retirees will be able to take advantage of health care screening opportunities such as glucose level, blood pressure and weight checks.

    They can also get the seasonal flu vaccine. Tetanus and Zostavax shots will also be available. To receive the Zostavax immunization, a vaccine that helps prevent shingles in individuals 50 years and older, Retirees must bring a note signed by their primary care provider stating there are no contraindications for the individual to receive the shot. Vaccines will not be available for children of retirees attending the health fair.

    DENTAC will provide oral cancer screening services and have an information table set up at the health fair.

     

    For more information, contact the Health Promotion & Wellness Program at (254) 288-8488.

     

    Media interested in covering the event should contact CRDAMC Public Affairs at (254) 288-8005 no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 for gate time.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will offer bundles of information, education and community resources for expectant mothers and new parents at its Baby Expo Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the hospital’s main entrance.

    CRDAMC OB/GYN doctors, midwives and nurses, plus vendors from Fort Hood and the surrounding communities, will be on hand to discuss a wide range of topics like pregnancy, labor and delivery, car seat safety, infant education and what to expect during the first year after birth.

    According to 1st Lt. Rebeccah Sherman, an Army nurse who works in CRDAMC’s Labor and Delivery Department, the event will be an excellent opportunity to have some fun and find out all about pregnancy and early parenting.

    "The Baby Expo shows the community that CRDAMC supports the maternal child community in central Texas. The event serves to connect expectant and new mothers with education, on-post resources, and resources throughout the community," she said.

    In addition to the booths and service information, Sherman said there will be many family-fun activities throughout the day such as door prizes and giveaways, tours, yoga demonstrations and face painting and a bouncy house for children.

    The Baby Expo is open to anyone; non-ID card holders need to get a pass at the post’s visitor center.

     

    For more information about this event or other CRDAMC opportunities please visit our website at: http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/default.asp?page=index.

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    Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact CRDAMC Public Affairs at 254-286-7954 or 254-288-8005 no later than 12 p.m. Friday Oct. 24 for meeting time and location.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will host the third annual Walk to Remember at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 16,  at the Fort Hood Spiritual Resiliency Center.

    Walk to Remember is a special event to connect parents and families together to express grief and remember our babies, and to raise awareness. 

    October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  Each year memorial ceremonies are held across the nation to bring awareness to the difficult issues of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and neonatal death.

    “While we cannot take away the pain of loss, we can all help to ease the pain by providing a day to remember their child, grandchild, niece, nephew or dear friend’s child,” Russell said. 

    “While walk participants share a common grief, the Walk to Remember” is not a sad event. 

    “Together we celebrate and remember our babies in a gentle, joyous environment,” Russell said.

    This year’s event will feature a memorial ceremony, “remember when” card commemoration, group walk, sweet treats and wonderful friends.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas—When it comes to their health and the health of their family, everyone needs to make informed decisions to ensure they receive the best care possible.

    Recent enhancements to TRICARE Prime have made it that much easier for them to manage their health care, according to Beneficiary Services professionals at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

    “There are many options with TRICARE, depending on your status and geographical location. It can be confusing so we want to be sure that our beneficiaries understand all their options and then choose what works best for them,” said Stacy Perez, chief, Beneficiaries Service Branch.

    There are two options to TRICARE, Prime and Standard. Active duty Soldiers must enroll in TRICARE Prime, while their family members can choose between the two options.

    With TRICARE Prime, enrollees generally receive most of their routine care from a selected or assigned primary care manager (PCM) at one of CRDAMC’s patient-centered medical homes. 

    TRICARE Standard is a fee-for-service option that gives beneficiaries the opportunity to see any TRICARE-authorized provider.

    “The most important difference is cost. With Prime for Active Duty family members, there are no deductibles, enrollment fees, or co-pays, and it still gives you access to quality, patient-centered care,” said Perez.

    Plus, Prime offers enrollees some extra advantages that are not available to Standard users, Perez explained, such as TRICARE Online, the Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service and the Nurse Advice Line.

    TRICAREONLINE gives enrollees the ability to schedule, view and cancel appointments, refill prescriptions and view lab and radiology results. The Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service adds to those features by giving enrollees access to self-care advice and the ability to leave a secure message for their provider.

    Enrollees can call the Nurse Advice Line 24/7 to receive medical advice from a registered nurse. If the nurse determines that the caller needs to be seen by a medical provider, the nurse can book the appointment for the caller.

    TRICARE Standard is an option which allows enrollees to choose their own doctor. They can see any type of doctor, from a specialist to a primary care physician. Enrollees pay for care until they meet their deductible, then pay a cost-share until they meet their catastrophic cap. Cost-shares vary depending on care received and whether or not the enrollee used a network or non-network doctor. Visit the TRICARE site to get the most updated deductible rates.

    “Everyone has to make their own choice depending on their needs. With the TRICARE Service offices now being gone, we are trying to promote awareness and help educate our beneficiaries about TRICARE,” Perez said. “For instance, we’ve been reaching out to our family members and found that many didn’t know they were eligible to enroll in Prime. Once they knew all their options, we had many switch their enrollment to Prime. It’s just a matter of getting all the facts so you can make an informed decision.”

     

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    For more information on TRICARE options:

    www.tricareonline.com

    www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/TRICARE/

    TRICARE customer service: 1-800-600-9332

    Nurse Advice Line 1-800-874-2273

  •  Flu Shot

     

    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas—Think it’s no big deal if you get the flu? Think twice before skipping your flu shot this year. And don’t think that you’re safe this year because you got the shot or had the flu last year.

    Influenza, a contagious respiratory illness spread through the air or through contact with a contaminated object, is a serious threat. Tens of thousands die from the flu, on average, each year. Plus, the flu costs the U.S. more than $10 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults.

    The key to preventing the flu is the influenza vaccine, which has been proven most effective in preventing influenza infections. The CDC and World Health Organization recommend everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Even if you had a flu shot or the flu last year, immunity to influenza viruses declines over time and may be too low to provide protection after a year, according to Public Health officials.

    “Everyone needs to get their flu shot now, and the sooner the better. We’re seeing a few flu cases already and the season usually peaks around October,” said Lt. Col. Romico Caughman, chief, Army Public Health Nursing at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. “Fort Hood's influenza campaign is in full swing. The Great Place is required to have 90 percent of its Soldiers and required civilians vaccinated by Dec. 1.”

    The vaccine comes as an injection, which is approved for adults and children six months and older; or as a nasal spray, which is approved only for healthy children two years and older and healthy adults up to 49 years.

    “Vaccines are available now to everyone at all CRDAMC medical homes, and we don’t anticipate any shortages,” Caughman continued. “While the flu shot is also available at many clinics and pharmacies in the community, Fort Hood leadership is requiring all Soldiers to receive their immunizations on post this year. We highly encourage beneficiaries to do so as well.”

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    Walk in hours for family members in each CRDAMC Medical Home:

    Thomas Moore:  8:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Bennett: 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    FMRC:  8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Russell Collier: 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Killeen: 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Harker Heights:  8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

    Copperas Cove: 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

     

    More detailed information regarding this year’s influenza vaccines can be found at www.vaccines.mil/flu and www.cdc.gov/flu.

  • U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

     

     

    By Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Four Soldiers became physician assistants (PA) after graduating from the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) Sept. 26.

    Capt. Robert Finn, 1st Lts. Gabriel Kennedy, Lookmon Omisola, and Seth Knowles successfully completed the grueling two-year course of study which earned them a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

    These graduates will now join approximately 1,000 active-duty PAs who provide health care to beneficiaries across the Army, all over the world. They serve primary as a battalion medical officer treating battalion Soldiers and providing general medical training to the medics employed in the battalion aid station to support combat operations.

    As former enlisted Soldiers with multiple deployment experience, the new PAs know the importance of providing experienced medical care for Soldiers on the front lines.

    While it wasn’t done under austere conditions, Finn did liken the program to a deployment.

    “In many ways it was like a deployment. We were here, but we were not, because we were studying and training every day,” Finn said. “The pace was fast and furious. You could not afford to miss a minute of anything and risk getting behind.”

    The IPAP program includes one year of didactic course work at Fort Sam Houston and one year of clinical training here.

    Students rotate through a variety of CRDAMC clinics and departments such as emergency services, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and family practice to gain clinical knowledge and experience. CRDAMC has been a training site for Physician Assistant students since the creation of the PA profession in the early 1970's.

    The program is the most arduous, competitive and stressful physician assistant program in the world, according to Clinical Coordinator Maj. Douglas Roach. It has a 20 percent attrition rate and a 50 percent divorce rate.

    “There is so much to learn in their short time here. It really is non-stop. Students need to be studying four or more hours each night if they want to be more than mediocre,” said Roach, who has been the clinical coordinator for three years.

    This was his last class—and his best, Roach said. “They all had the discipline to study and to stay focused on their work. They were a tight-knit group and spurred each other on,” he added. “They did exactly what they were supposed to do and I know they will be excellent PAs.”

    For more information on IPAP, visit http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/med-ed/ipap.aspx

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  • U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

     

    by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    KILLEEN, Texas—Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Soldiers joined Saegert Elementary School students who were wearing red, white and blue hats, waving flags and displaying patriotic pictures and banners for their annual Freedom Walk around the school to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.

    Col. Patricia Darnauer, CRDAMC commander, and other Soldiers greeted students, teachers and volunteers as they began their march while other Soldiers walked with them last Thursday.

    “This is an important celebration. Even though there were multiple events around Killeen, this is our school so it’s important for us to be here and show our support,” Darnauer said. “It’s good for them to see us as positive roles models since we are big part of many of the students’ lives. Saegert’s motto of ‘work hard, be nice’ is really reflective of everything they do here and it’s a tremendous school to have as our partner.”

    Saegert Elementary has been CRDAMC’s adopted school for nine years and the hospital’s Soldiers support the school by participating in different events, providing tutoring and offering educational classes and training for students and parents, too.

    Gail Charles-Walters, principal, said that the school and hospital have had such a great partnership over the years. “With 40 percent of Killeen’s population being military, the children are familiar with the Army. Kids love to see the Soldiers. Just their presence in our school makes a huge difference,” Charles-Walters said. “It’s important for students to understand that we are all a community, and we partner with each other to make sure we’re all safe and help each other out. Our kids feel special with the attention they receive and they feel special when they give back also.”

    Fifth-grader Jordan Wilson said she has done the Freedom Walk every year since she was in pre-kindergarten.

    “It’s meant to honor the people who lost their lives at 9/11 and also those that made sacrifices for our country during the war,” said Wilson. Wilson’s mother is an Army nurse at the hospital so she said she is happy to show her support for the Army.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) announces the start of the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam (SAMFE) Program at Fort Hood.  Beginning September 15, TRICARE beneficiaries seeking medical assistance following a sexual assault can receive care at CRDAMC’s Emergency Department instead of traveling to Baylor, Scott & White in Temple.

    Law enforcement officials responding to reports of sexual assault involving TRICARE beneficiaries 14 years of age and older should take them to the CRDAMC Emergency Department.

    McLane Children’s Hospital will continue to provide care for patients under the age of 14.

    The SAMFE team comprised of a medical director, program director, and registered nurses specially trained in sexual assault exams understands the unique needs of patients who may have become victims of sexual assault.  The nurse examiner team led by Ms. Sheilah Priori, RN, SAMFE Program Director, is equipped to provide responsive and reliable care to community members 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. 

    While sexual assault can be difficult for patients to report, Priori wants community members to know they can receive medical care in a safe place without fear.   Lt. Col. Christine Laky, SAMFE Medical Director, recently commented that our first responsibility as a medical treatment facility is to provide medical care.   The SAMFE team will provide medical support to all patients that have become victims of sexual assault in an objective manner.  According to Priori, “It takes courage to report a sexual assault, but I want patients to know that SAMFE provides support from trauma to trial.”   SAMFE makes reporting smoother; however, seeking care at CRDAMC does not affect patients’ right to make their own decision about reporting incidents. 

    There are several benefits to having a local program, but Priori sums it up by noting that the biggest benefit is for community members. According to Ms. Priori, “SAMFE empowers patients by making it easier to seek medical care in a safe place.”

    Years of experience as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner give Priori first-hand knowledge of the courage it takes to report an assault as well as reasons they sometimes choose not to report. SAMFE’s presence at CRDAMC reduces barriers to getting treatment.  Priori stated traveling to multiple locations for care could be an obstacle to patients seeking treatment.    The experience she brings to CRDAMC is already making an impact as she prepares the team to begin work in just a few days. When asked why she does it, Priori responded, “It’s a tough field and many people burn-out, but for me being able to make a difference in the lives of my patients makes it worth it.” Priori, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner has completed hundreds of forensic exams and provided testimony in several of those cases.   

     SAMFE is not just for victims of crime, but also for those accused.  Anyone accused of sexual assault will receive the same level of care and understanding.  Forensic providers are neutral and unbiased.  The implementation of the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Program is further evidence of CRDAMC’s commitment to patient-centered care.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas – All Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s primary care clinics have earned National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition as Patient Centered Medical Homes. Internal Medicine, TMC-12, Pediatrics and Monroe are the most recent CRDAMC primary care clinics to join the ranks. Earlier this year, Thomas Moore, Bennett, Russell Collier, and Family Medicine Residency Center received the highest level of recognition after twelve months of preparation.    

    The NCQA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving health improvement throughout the healthcare system. As part of the recognition process, NCQA reviewed hundreds of documents submitted by the staff at each of these clinics which provided fact-based evidence that the clinic was conducting business as a true Medical Home.

    The NCQA measures the ability of medical facilities to provide quality healthcare through standardized, objective measurement guidelines. NCQA requires recognized facilities to enhance access to care and patients' continuity with their provider teams, keep track of patient data to help manage patients' wellbeing, plan and manage care using evidence-based practices, provide self-care support and community resources, as well as track and coordinate tests, referrals and other care for patients. Finally, clinics have to show that they measure their performance and patients' feedback to continue improving the quality of care.

     In 2012, CRDAMC’s three Community Based Medical Homes received similar recognition.

    Army Medicine’s goal is to have all of its primary care facilities in the continental United States and overseas achieve NCQA recognition and transform to the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care no later than October 1, 2014. The transition to the PCMH model of care is part of Army Medicine’s overall shift from a health care system to a system for health.

    Here’s what patients can expect from the certified Patient Centered Medical Homes:

    • A personal provider. Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner who is trained to provide first contact, continuous and comprehensive care.
    • Physician directed medical practice. The personal physician leads a team(s) of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for ongoing patient care.
    • Whole person orientation. The personal provider is responsible for providing all of the patient’s health care needs or for arranging care with other qualified professionals.
    • Coordinated and Integrated Care. Each patient’s care is coordinated and integrated across all elements of the health care system and the patient’s community.
    • Quality and Safety focus: All members of the healthcare team are focused on ensuring high quality care in the medical home.
    • Improved access: In the PCMH, enhanced access to care options are available through open scheduling, same day appointments, secure messaging, and other innovative options for communication between patients, their personal physician and practice staff.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify hours in observance of the Labor Day weekend.  Monroe and TMC-12 will be closed Friday, August 29.  All other clinics will maintain normal operating hours. Beneficiaries may call the Patient Appointment Service at (254) 288 - 8888 to schedule appointments.

    All clinics will be closed Monday, September 1.  The Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, and inpatient services will remain open for beneficiaries requiring care. Beneficiaries with urgent care needs should report to CRDAMC Emergency Department.

    Darnall and all its clinics will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, September 2.

    Pharmacies

    Monroe Health Clinic pharmacy will be closed Friday, August 29.  All other pharmacies will maintain normal hours.

    The Main Outpatient and Refill Pharmacy will maintain normal hours on Saturday, August 30.

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed on Sunday, August 31.

    The Refill Pharmacy located at Clear Creek PX, will be open Monday, September 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  All other pharmacies will be closed.

    Nurse Advice Line

    The Nurse Advice Line is available 24 hours a day to provide information on urgent health issues, guidance for non-emergency situations, and instructions for self-care for minor injuries and illnesses and assistance with scheduling appointments.  Tricare beneficiaries may speak to a registered nurse on the nurse advice line by calling 1-800- TRICARE (874-2273) Option 1.   

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Veterinary Center (VETCEN) was notified Thursday, Aug. 7, that a dead bat was found on the Fort Hood Golf Course. The bat was given to a wildlife rehab specialist who brought the bat to VETCEN personnel. It was submitted for rabies testing at the Texas Department of Health Services Laboratory which notified the VETCEN of the positive test result.  Fort Hood Veterinary personnel and CRDAMC Preventive Medicine are currently investigating this case for possible exposures.

    According to Dr. John Kuczek, officer in charge of the Fort Hood VETCEN, “If you find a bat in your home or building it is imperative to call a professional to retrieve it and have it tested for rabies.” If you need assistance with retrieving a bat or animal, call the Military Police at (254) 287-4001.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.”

    This is the sixth identified case on Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive on post. The third case, June 6, involved a young fox which was thought to be injured when found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road. The fourth and fifth cases, July 17 and 28, involved bats found near the Department of Public Works motorpool.

    Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all Fort Hood Soldiers, civilians, contractors and residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals.

    If you notice any wildlife or stray animals acting abnormally, or displaying neurologic or aggressive behavior, please contact the Military Police at (254) 287-4001. If you believe you have already come into contact with an animal displaying any of these symptoms please go directly to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department for immediate care.

    Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites: www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx.

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  • Assumption of Responsibility

    FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brooks to the medical center’s command team in an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony July 25.

    Brooks assumed responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Melissa McFrazier, who served as the interim command sergeant major since Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Velarde relinquished responsibility in May of this year.

    Col. Patricia Darnauer, CRDAMC commander, welcomed the newest addition to the command team. “This summer has been a period of significant transitions for us, yet the constant that remains is this medical center’s commitment to serving the Soldiers, families, and beneficiaries of the ‘Great Place’ with trusted care and concern,” she said. “We’ve made significant strides recently meeting our patients’ needs as we transform our business processes and welcome the opportunities the new hospital rising behind me presents.

    “I challenge you, Command Sgt. Maj. Brooks, and every member of the CRDAMC team, to rise to the challenge to take advantage of the opportunity a new state-of-the-art building with the many new and emerging design elements and medical technologies offers us.”

    Brooks thanked everyone for coming and showing their support.

    “I am excited about being at the ‘Great Place.’ It’s a privilege to serve as a command sergeant major and I’m honored to serve as the command sergeant major for CRDAMC,” he said.  “Colonel Darnauer, I’m eager to forge our relationship. I look forward to discovering how I can be a valuable contributor to the CRDAMC team.”

    Before coming to CRDAMC, Brooks was the command sergeant major at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C.

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Veterinary Center (VETCEN) was notified Monday, July 28, that a bat found near the Department of Public Works motorpool, building 4001, tested positive for rabies.

    The bat, showing signs consistent with rabies, was humanely euthanized and submitted for rabies testing at the Texas Department of Health Services Laboratory.  Fort Hood Veterinary personnel and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Preventive Medicine are currently investigating this case for possible exposures.

    According to Dr. John Kuczek, officer in charge of the Fort Hood VETCEN, “If you find a bat in your home or building it is imperative to call a professional to retrieve it and have it tested for rabies.” If you need assistance with retrieving a bat or animal, call the Military Police at (254) 287 – 4001. Kuczek noted, “Sometimes people will shoo the bat out of the house not thinking about getting it tested.”  Kuczek also noted, “Children, sleeping adults and intoxicated individuals may not know they have been bitten as bat bites are often not severe enough to see or feel.”  Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms associated with rabies and seek care if you suspect exposure.  

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, “the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.”

    This is the fifth identified case on Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive on post. The third case, on June 6, involved a young fox which was thought to be injured when found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road. The fourth case also involved a bat found near the DPW motorpool.

    Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all Fort Hood Soldiers, civilians, contractors and residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals.

    If you notice any wildlife or stray animals acting abnormally, or displaying neurologic or aggressive behavior, please contact the Military Police at (254) 287-4001. If you believe you have already come into contact with an animal displaying any of these symptoms please go directly to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department for immediate care.

    Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites: www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx.

     

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Veterinary Center (VETCEN) was notified Thursday, July 17, that a bat found in the vicinity of the Department of Public Works motorpool, building 4001, tested positive for rabies.

    The bat was given to a wildlife rehab specialist who brought the bat to the Fort Hood VETCEN.  The bat was humanely euthanized and submitted for rabies testing at the Texas Department of Health Services Laboratory. 

    This is the fourth identified case on Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive on post. The third case, on June 6, involved a young fox which was thought to be injured when found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road.

    Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all Fort Hood Soldiers, civilians, contractors and residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals.

    If you notice any wildlife or stray animals acting abnormally, or displaying neurologic or aggressive behavior please contact the Military Police at (254) 287-4001. If you believe you have already come into contact with an animal displaying any of these symptoms please go directly to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department for immediate care.

    “If you or your pets make contact with a stray animal or wildlife, contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately. Rabies is a deadly disease and currently present in this area. Please remain diligent for the health and safety of you and your family,” Dr. John Kuczek, officer in charge of the Fort Hood VETCEN said.

    An animal that is infected with rabies may not show any signs or symptoms until late in the disease, often just days before its death. The animal can, however, still spread the deadly virus while appearing completely normal.

    The rabies virus is transmitted to humans by the saliva of infected animals through bite wounds, contact with mucous membranes or broken skin. Humans can become infected and harbor the virus for weeks to months, and in extremely rare cases, years before becoming ill. During this incubation period, which averages between one and three months, rabies can be prevented with appropriate treatment, including a series of vaccinations. Once symptoms occur, however, death is almost always certain.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, “the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.”

    Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites: www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas –Fort Hood and the surrounding community remain under Stage 4 Water Conservation to include Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.  The hospital continues to provide care to beneficiaries; however, some services were reduced today in order to minimize water usage.

    In response conservation efforts, outpatient services on Fort Hood and at the Copperas Cove CBMHs were suspended affecting several thousand patient appointments.   Of those appointments, some patients were seen in other facilities while others were rescheduled.  Beneficiaries still affected by the closures can reschedule appointments by calling 254- 288-8888. 

    Killeen and Harker Heights CBMHs remained open.  Additional staff members were sent to increase the capacity of the medical homes and support overflow from Copperas Cove and Fort Hood medical home closures.   

    Surgeries were and continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Patients scheduled for procedures can expect to receive instructions directly from a member of their care team.

    Currently, the second and third floors of CRDAMC are experiencing low to no pressure; however, measures are being taken to ensure adequate water supply is provided for those areas.  CRDAMC patients and staff have access to several thousand bottles of water provided by Logistics as well as 1700 bottles provided by the Red Cross.  Additionally, portable toilets and hand washing stations have been deployed near the medical center. 

    Emergency Department, Inpatient Services, Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, and Patient Appointment Service continue to operate normally.  In light of the continued conservation measures, the staff and community managed the changes well.  CRDAMC continues to provide quality, patient –centered care to the Soldiers, Families, and veterans of “The Great Place.”

    Fort Hood PAO recently released Bell Country Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 reports that the main water line is repaired.  Fort Hood Officials anticipate water pressure will return to normal tomorrow morning.  Beneficiaries are encouraged to check www.facebook.com/crdamc or www.forthoodpresscenter.com for updates.

    Questions regarding this release should be directed to the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office at (254) 288-8005.

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  • Tara and Spc. David Potter hold their three three girls (from left) Harlee Quinn, Virginia Ann and Chloeann Odette who were born at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center June 30.(U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

     

    By Patricia Deal CRDAMC Public Affairs

     

    FORT HOOD, Texas—Three teeny, little girls created a big fuss at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center here June 30.

    Harlee Quinn, Chloeann Odette and Virginia Ann Potter made their debut early in the morning, earning them the distinction of being the first set of triplets born at CRDAMC in the last five years.

    The girls are the first children for Spc. David Potter and his wife Tara, both 23 years old. The girls were born by Caesarian section at 34 weeks, weighing in at just over four pounds each. Babies and Mom are all doing well, with the girls staying in the neonatal intensive care unit at CRDAMC as is typical for multiple-birth newborns.

    The Potters are already hard at work setting up a routine taking turns caring for the girls--feeding, changing, cuddling--and how to identify each one. Potter said they are not identical so it's a bit easier, and they are each starting to show their own personalities.

    Potter, an all-wheel mechanic with 1st Cavalry Division, and Tara have been at Fort Hood only for a few months. Tara said she knew she was having triplets from the start, having to use fertility treatments to conceive. While both parents have twins in their families, this is the first set of triplets.

    "We were surprised at first, as it is daunting to think about having multiple babies to take care of all at once. But we're just so happy to have them no matter how many there are. It's exciting. They're healthy and beautiful and that's all that matters," she said.

    Dad agrees, but said he is thinking about how life is going to be raising three girls the same age. "I'm already thinking about proms, college, weddings," he said, "and those first dates. Yes, I will be prepared."

    CRDAMC's labor and delivery unit is one of the busiest in the Army, averaging approximately eight births per day. In recent months, the staff has seen a jump in those numbers with one record-setting day seeing 13 births, according to the Chief of Maternal Child Health.

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  • MSC 97th Anniversary Cake Cutting

    FORT HOOD, Texas--Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center celebrated the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps (MSC) 97th anniversary with a traditional cake cutting ceremony here June 30.

    The Medical Service Corps is comprised of a wide diversity of medical administrative, scientific, and provider specialties ranging from the management and support of the Army's health services system to direct patient care. Administrative officers manage various aspects of Combat Health Support and the allied science officers directly impact the health of the Soldiers and their families.

    In her opening remarks, CRDAMC Commander, Col. Patricia Darnauer, a Medical Service Corps officer commissioned in 1986, acknowledged the vital role MSC officers play in Army medicine.  “Ninety-seven years of valued service and support is an achievement we can all be proud of,” she said. “Medical Service Corps officers today are the most professional and experienced in Army medicine and continue the proud tradition of providing the world's finest Combat Casualty Care ensuring we have a Ready and Healthy Force and Healthy Families and Retirees.”

    The 1st Medical Brigade Commander, Col. Allan Darden, Sr., an MSC officer since 1988, was the keynote speaker. “Never forget as we celebrate today our history and the part you are playing as it continues to be written,” he said. “Never forget our brothers and sisters who have given the ultimate sacrifice wearing the Silver Caduceus.”

    2nd Lt. Jessica Growney and Maj. Ellis Moffett, the youngest and oldest Soldiers respectively out of the more than 60 MSC officers currently at CRDAMC, cut the cake to serve attendees.

    Although the MSC was established Aug. 4, 1947, consolidating the Sanitary Corps, Medical Administrative Corps and Pharmacy Corps into one permanent Army Corps, the MSC celebrates the anniversary of its corps as June 30, 1917. According to “The History of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps,” precursors such as Revolutionary War apothecaries and officers of the Civil War Ambulance Corps evolved into the World War I Sanitary Corps which was established on June 30, 1917, as a temporary part of the Medical Department based on authority provided by an act of Congress.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the 4th of July Federal holiday. The hospital remains open every day for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services.

    Primary and Urgent Care Services

    Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6

    Thomas Moore, Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, the Pediatric Clinic, Monroe Clinic, Troop Medical Clinic 12, Internal Medicine Clinic and Patient Appointment Service are closed Friday through Sunday (July 4 – 7).

    During the holiday period, TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent or emergent care needs should go to the Emergency Department for immediate care.

    Monday, July 7

    Thomas Moore Health Clinic will be open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. All active-duty Soldiers and TRICARE Prime enrollees assigned to Thomas Moore, Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Pediatrics, Monroe Clinic and Troop Medical Clinic 12 can receive care at Thomas Moore Health Clinic on that day.

    The Patient Appointment Service, (254) 288-8888, will also be open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday.

    Pharmacies

    Friday, July 4

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed.

    Saturday, July 5

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only. The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

    Sunday, July 6

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed.

    Monday, July 7

    CRDAMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy will be open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the Thomas Moore Health Clinic Pharmacy will be open from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Refill Pharmacy, located in the Clear Creek PX, will be open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Nurse Advice Line

    Darnall’s Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (254) 553-3695. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area who are entitled to military healthcare may talk to registered nurses about urgent health issues, guidance on non-emergency situations, and information about self-care for injuries or illnesses.

    The hospital and all Medical Center clinics and pharmacies will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 8.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will honor 14 graduates from four residency, fellowship, and graduate-level programs at Club Hood Friday, June 20, at 1 p.m..

    Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, Deputy Surgeon General/Deputy Commanding General, Operations U.S. Army Medical Command, is the guest speaker.

    The four programs honoring graduates include the Emergency Medicine Residency Program (EMRP), Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP), Family Medicine Obstetric Fellowship Program (FMOFP) and the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration.

    Each program includes rigorous training that takes one to three years to complete. Both the EMRP and the FMRP are required residencies for doctors to be eligible for board certification in their respective fields. The FMOF augments obstetric care skills in order to facilitate safer deliveries for patients and the Health and Business Administration Program allows tomorrow’s Army Medicine leaders to gain invaluable hands-on knowledge and experience on how a medical facility operates.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here by 5p.m. June 19.  Gate time for media is 12:15 p.m. June 20 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center. 

    For questions or more information, media may contact Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 286-7954.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Government, military and community leaders will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $11 million center that will provide care and services for Wounded Warriors at Fort Hood.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry will join Lt Gen. Mark A. Milley, Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood along with representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to ceremonially mark the spot that will become the home of the Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit Center of Excellence. The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, 12 June at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Hood.

    The Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit Center is the fifth of nine planned facilities across the country. When completed, the Intrepid Spirit Center will provide services to military members with complex medical conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Behavioral Health (BH), chronic pain and other related ailments. 

    Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund leadership representatives will be available for interviews following the groundbreaking.

    Media interested in covering this event should register here by 5p.m. June 11. Gate time for media is 1:15p.m. June 12 at the Marvin Leath Visitors Center.

    For questions or more information, media may contact Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office at calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 286-7954.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – The Fort Hood Veterinary Center (VETCEN) was notified today, Friday, June 6, that a young fox found in the vicinity of the LV Phantom area and building 53905 near Clarke Road tested positive to rabies. 

    The fox, which was thought to be injured when found, was brought to the Fort Hood VETCEN where it began showing clinical signs consistent with rabies.  After it was humanely euthanized it was submitted to the Texas Department of Health Services for testing. 

    This is the third identified case on Fort Hood since May 12. The first case involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive on post. 

    Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all Fort Hood Soldiers, civilians, contractors and residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals.

    If you notice any wildlife or stray animals acting abnormally, or displaying neurologic or aggressive behavior please contact the Military Police at (254) 287-4001. If you believe you have already come into contact with an animal displaying any of these symptoms please go directly to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department for immediate care.

    “If you or your pets make contact with a stray animal or wildlife, contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately. Rabies is a deadly disease and currently present in this area.  Please remain diligent for the health and safety of you and your family,” Dr. John Kuczek, officer in charge of the Fort Hood VETCEN said.    

    An animal that is infected with rabies may not show any signs or symptoms until late in the disease, often just days before its death. The animal can, however, still spread the deadly virus while appearing completely normal.

    The rabies virus is transmitted to humans by the saliva of infected animals through bite wounds, contact with mucous membranes or broken skin.  Humans can become infected and harbor the virus for weeks to months, and in extremely rare cases, years before becoming ill. During this incubation period, which averages between one and three months, rabies can be prevented with appropriate treatment, including a series of vaccinations. Once symptoms occur, however, death is almost always certain.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, “the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.”

    Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites: www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx.

     

     

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Within the last week two separate cases of rabies have been identified on post by the Fort Hood Veterinary Center, resulting in one confirmed human exposure requiring treatment.

    The first identified case occurred May 12 and involved a skunk that was sighted during daylight hours acting strangely in a motor pool on Motorpool Road. The second case, on May 16, involved a dark gray and white kitten that attacked a Fort Hood resident outside a home on Central Drive on post. 

    “At this time, there is one confirmed exposure and the victim has started post exposure rabies prophylaxis,” Dr. John Kuczek, the officer in charge of the Fort Hood Veterinary Center said.

    As a result of these instances, Public Health Command and the Fort Hood Veterinary Center strongly urge all residents to be aware and avoid handling wild or stray animals, and ensure their pets are properly vaccinated for rabies. 

    “The importance of receiving appropriate medical evaluation following contact with a feral/stray animal cannot be overstated,” Kuczek said. “If you or your pets had contact with either of these cases, please contact your local veterinarian or health care provider immediately.” 

    An animal that is infected with rabies may not show any signs or symptoms until late in the disease, often just days before its death. The animal can, however, still spread the deadly virus while appearing completely normal.

    The rabies virus is transmitted to humans by the saliva of infected animals through bite wounds, contact with mucous membranes or broken skin.  Humans can become infected and harbor the virus for weeks to months, and in extremely rare cases, years before becoming ill. During this incubation period, which averages between one and three months, rabies can be prevented with appropriate treatment, including a series of vaccinations. Once symptoms occur, however, death is almost always certain.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, “the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache, and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.”

    Get more rabies information by visiting these Web sites: www.cdc.gov/rabies or http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/aid/Pages/Rabies.aspx.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the Memorial Day Federal holiday.  The hospital remains open every day for emergency, labor and delivery, and inpatient care services.

    Primary and Urgent Care Services

    Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, the Pediatric Clinic, the Troop Medical Clinics and Internal Medicine Clinic will be closed Friday through Monday (May 23 – 26).

    All active-duty Soldiers and TRICARE Prime enrollees assigned to Thomas Moore, Bennett, Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center, Killeen Medical Home, Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Pediatrics, and the Troop Medical Clinics can receive care at Thomas Moore Health Clinic on Friday, May 23, from 7a.m. – 5p.m.  Thomas Moore Clinic will be closed Saturday through Monday (May 24 – 26).

    TRICARE Prime enrollees with urgent or emergent care needs should seek assistance at the CRDAMC Emergency Department.

    The Patient Appointment Service, (254) 288-8888, is open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, May 23.  The Patient Appointment Service will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 24 -26). 

    Darnall, its clinics and the Patient Appointment Service will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 27.

    Nurse Advice Line

    Darnall’s Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (254) 553-3695. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area entitled to military healthcare may speak with registered nurses about urgent health issues, guidance on non-emergency situations, and information about self-care for injuries or illnesses.

    Pharmacies

    Friday, May 23

    CRDAMC’s Main Outpatient Pharmacy and the Thomas Moore Health Clinic Pharmacy will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Refill Pharmacy, located in the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Saturday, May 24

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only. The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

    Sunday, May 25

    All CRDAMC pharmacies will be closed.

    Monday, May 26

    The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

    All CRDAMC pharmacies return to normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 27.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Department will celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month with a Behavioral Health Information Fair Monday, May 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.

    This event is free and open to the public. Many behavioral health resources from Fort Hood and the local communities will be available to highlight services.

    Live demonstrations will be held throughout the day on guided imagery, bio-feedback, massage, skin therapy, Acudetox, yoga and more. There will also be several booths presenting information and assistance on topics like depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, alcohol and substance abuse, mental illness, coping skills, self-care and wellness, suicide and community support.

    Topics of discussion will include Warrior resiliency, grief and bereavement, domestic violence, trauma; mind, body and spirit and more.

    Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health would like to invite active duty, DOD civilian, contractor, and community providers to the 3rd annual CEU Workshop event May 28 –29 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. each day at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

    All CEU classes will be held in Classroom B, above the CRDAMC Emergency Department. A schedule for the CEU event follows.

    Wednesday, May 28

    12:30 –1:30 p.m. - Dr. Timothy Ingram, Revisiting Suicidal Ideations: The Elephant's Trunk Is in the Tent or Is It a Ruse?

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Dr. Jerry Wesch, Lessons Learned About PTSD Index Events & Multi-modal PTSD Treatment: The WCSRP Experience1i-editation exercise for providers

    (10 minute mini-meditation session)

    2:40 – 3:30 p.m. - COL Jeff Yarvis, Reintegration

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Brooke Fina, LCSW & Dr. Edward Wright, Prolonged Exposure Therapy Case study

    Thursday, May 29

    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - 1LT Hannah S. Thomas, MSW, LCSWA, Faith of the American Soldier and the Responsibility of the Behavioral Health Care Provider

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Dr. Kristi Pruiksma and Dr. Karin Nicholson, Sleep Disorders

    (10 minute mini-yoga session)

    2:40 – 3:30 p.m. - Dr. Sylvia Turner, Children and Deployment-Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS) for Early Childhood

    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Dr. Patti Resick, Cognitive Processing Therapy

    CEU credits are approved for Social Workers and Psychologists. There is no cost for attendance, but RSVP is requested at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=189992&k=03694B007255.

    Media interested in covering the Behavioral Health Information Fair should RSVP with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 286-7954 no later than 5 p.m. May 16, for the meeting time and location.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will host its first Obstetric and Gynecologic Nurse Resident (66G) graduation ceremony at the hospital April 28 at 1 p.m.

    Graduates who will be honored at the ceremony are the first to complete the 16-week course since the program was relocated to CRDAMC from Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii in January of this year.

    The course is focused on providing foundational information and skills to prepare Army Nurse Corps officers and Department of Defense Civilian registered nurses to function as advanced beginner staff nurses in a setting which meets the environmental nursing standards for OB/GYN Nursing.

    The 66G course is a stepping stone to develop a specialized field of training into a life-long career, caring for women across the life-span.

    After graduation many students sit for the National Certification Exam for Intra-partum Nursing which additionally grants them the registered nurse certification (RNC) recognition. The RNC qualification is known nationally as a certification process to guarantee a standard of care for nurses practicing in this highly prestigious field.

    Media interested in covering this event should R.S.V.P. with the CRDAMC Public Affairs Office by calling (254) 288-8005 or (254) 286-7954 by 4 p.m. Friday, April 25 for meeting time and location.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Beginning on or about March 21 – August 2014 road construction in the vicinity of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center hospital is expected to significantly impact traffic flow especially at the Santa Fe Gate. 

    The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Provost Marshal’s office recommends all hospital staff members and beneficiaries consider using the main gate for travel to and from work during this period.

    Beginning on or about March 24 – August 2014:  The easterly travel lane on Santa Fe, the lane traveling out of the gate will be closed from 58th Street.  On this road one would travel from the Warrior Transition area out the Santa Fe Gate.  Easterly travel on this road will be allowed in the current turn lane.  Appropriate signage will be posted.  Travel delays can be expected during peak travel times in this area.

    Beginning on or about April 21 - May 30, 2014:  The southerly traveling lane of Wratten Road between Darnall Loop and Santa Fe will be closed allowing for only one-way traffic north.  This is the road one would travel to get from the Women's Health Center or Billy Johnson Dental Clinic to the Fisher House or to leave through the Santa Fe Gate.  During this period the center lane of travel entering from Santa Fe Gate to continue straight on Santa Fe Road will also be closed.  Appropriate signage will be displayed as well as a marked detour route.  Significant travel delays can be expected in this area during peak travel times.

    Beginning on or about June 2 – July 18, 2014: The opposite lane will be closed in the same location allowing only for one-way traffic south.  This of the road one would use to travel form the fisher house or Santa Fe Gate to the Women's Health Center or Billy Johnson Dental Clinic. Appropriate signage will be displayed the detour mentioned above will be reversed.  Significant travel delays can be expected in this area during peak travel times.

    Beginning on or about July 21 – Aug. 19, 2014: Wratten Road in front of the IDES/VA/ASAP buildings will be restricted to one lane of travel.  Appropriate signage will be displayed and flaggers will be used to ensure safe travel.

    The work will take place in several phases.  Please remember construction dates tend to vary. 

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas-- Carl R. Darnall Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic will host its annual open house March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of March’s Brain Injury Awareness Month.

    The “Healing from the Inside” will offer participates opportunities to participate in interactive workshops like yoga, board games and firearms simulators,  as well as listen to TBI clinicians talk about treating and preventing concussions and brain injuries. The purpose of the event is to help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs, as well as learn about the multitude of services available at the clinic, which includes a holistic team of social workers, nurse case managers, neuropsychology specialist, and speech, occupational and physical therapists.

    TBI injuries, which are caused by a blow or bump to the head, disrupt brain functioning and can range from mild. It is estimated that more than 294,000 service members have been diagnosed with a brain injury or concussion since 2000. Although thousands of service members’ brain injuries are combat-related, more than 80 percent occur in garrison and are the result of falls, vehicle and bicycle accidents, sports injuries and assaults, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

    Media representatives interested in covering the open house, are asked to be at the Fort Hood visitor’s Center by 10:30 a.m., March 20.

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  • By Brandy Gill, CRDAMC Public Affairs

    FORT HOOD, Texas – This past week Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center participated in Patient Safety Awareness Week, an event that was founded by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and celebrated by healthcare organizations worldwide.

    This annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety highlights the continued need to make both patients and health care professionals aware of the importance of reducing errors in health care.

    Each year, organizations participate by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness within the community while educating hospital staff and patients.

    According to Lisa Kelly, the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s patient safety manager, this year’s theme for National Patient Safety is “Navigate Your Health…Safely.”

    “This is a week to recognize the advancements that have been made in the patient safety arena, while acknowledging the challenges that remain and committing to work on them every day,” Kelly said.

    One of the big focuses this year is on preventing errors in diagnosis which, according to Kelly, requires patients to be active participants in their healthcare.

    “This is a collaborative effort that includes encouraging patients to be assertive and ask questions as well as trust their instincts when it comes to their health. Providers are also encouraged to make patients a partner in the diagnosis process,” she said.

    According to Col. Roger Gallup, the CRDAMC deputy commander for clinical services, efforts to promote this type of working relationship between providers and patients at CRDAMC is also endorsed by the National Patient Safety Foundation.

    “Patients need to be informed and engaged in their care. The National Patient Safety Foundation has an education program that is called "Ask Me 3." It encourages a dialogue between the patient and the provider,” Gallup said. “The three questions are:  what is my main problem, what do I need to do, and why is it important for me to do this. These questions help patients be engaged in their care and take better care of themselves. It also helps improve the outcomes of chronic medical conditions.”

    According to Kelly, CRDAMC has seen success by implementing NPSF techniques.

    “There is still work to be done, but we’ve come a long way, and we’ve come out better because of all the support we receive from all of our staff to ensure that CRDAMC is providing a safe environment for our beneficiaries.”

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    Patient Safety Week 2014 v1

    From left: Triella Stallings, CRDAMC Patient Safety, Col. Roger Gallup, CRDAMC deputy commander of clinical services, and Lisa Kelly, CRDAMC patient safety manager, cut a cake in recognition of National Patient Safety Awareness Week. (Photo by, Kim Zamarripa, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

    National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 v2

    Lisa Kelly, CRDAMC patient safety manager, and Triella Stallings, CRDAMC patient safety, hand out cake and informational materials to CRDAMC Soldiers and civilian staff as well as beneficiaries. (Photo by: Kim Zamarripa, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

    National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 v3

    Lisa Kelly, CRDAMC patient safety manager, hands out bags and informational material to CRDAMC staff during Patient Safety Awareness Week. (Photo by: Kim Zamarripa, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

  • The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center is open today, March 4, for normal business operations.

    Normal staff reporting times for all staff apply. If any staff member is unable to report at their normal duty time, they should contact their immediate supervisor.

    Fort Hood DES reports ACP 6 (Santa Fe Gate) is CLOSED. It is unknown at this time when it will reopen.

    Sanding operations are in progress on post bridges and overpasses. Please use caution when reporting to work or appointments.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – TRICARE For Life (TFL) beneficiaries will soon receive letters guiding them to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions. Home Delivery saves beneficiaries time, transportation costs, costs beneficiaries less, and automatically delivers refills when they are due so forgetting a refill is one less thing to worry about in life. 

    Starting the week of Feb. 18, 2014, TRICARE began sending letters to affected TFL beneficiaries (TFL beneficiaries are those using Medicare) notifying them of the Pilot. Home Delivery and military pharmacies are the two most cost-effective choices for both beneficiaries and the Department of Defense.

    The TFL Pharmacy Pilot started March 15, 2014 and requires TRICARE beneficiaries who use TFL to get certain medications through Home Delivery or at a military pharmacy. The Pilot applies to refills of maintenance medications taken regularly for chronic conditions. As part of the pilot, TRICARE will stop paying for these medications from a retail pharmacy. The Pilot does not apply to medications for acute conditions taken for a limited time, such as antibiotics or pain medications or any generic medications, and at this time does not apply to generic drugs.

    Congress mandated the Pilot in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The Pilot lasts for five years, although beneficiaries may choose to opt out after filling an affected prescription under the Pilot through Home Delivery for one year.

    Beneficiaries will be notified if they are taking a medication covered under the Pilot. They will have two “courtesy fills” available through a retail pharmacy before they are responsible for the entire cost of their medication.

    Beneficiaries may call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts at 1-877-882-3335 or visit www.express-scripts.com/tricare to switch to Home Delivery or with questions about their medications. To switch a prescription to a military pharmacy, beneficiaries may need to get a new prescription from their doctor.

    Some individuals are exempt, including people with another prescription drug plan, or people living overseas. People living in a nursing home may contact Express Scripts to request a waiver from the Pilot.

    TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is safe, convenient and easy to use. Home Delivery offers beneficiaries a 90-day supply of their medication with no copay for generic drugs and $13 for brand name drugs. Switching from a retail pharmacy to Home Delivery can save TRICARE beneficiaries up to $152 every year for each prescription. Beneficiaries can also save by asking their doctor to write them a prescription for a generic version of their medication.

    “Getting your medications filled through Home Delivery, or local military pharmacy, is less expensive and provides the same level of support as filling your medication in a retail pharmacy,” Col. Patricia Darnauer, commander of Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, said.  “If you elect to use Fort Hood’s pharmacies, please check with a pharmacist to make sure we have your medication available on our formulary.”

    For the latest information of the TFL Pharmacy Pilot, visit www.tricare.mil/tflpilot.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Keeping up with the rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries who most often turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions, walk in service at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center TRICARE Service Center (TSC) will no longer be available as of April 1, 2014.  Find out more at www.tricare.mil/TSC.

    CRDAMC patients still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options available through www.tricare.mil. The new “I want to…..” feature puts everything beneficiaries want to do online right on the front page of www.tricare.mil.

    When walk-in service ends April 1, beneficiaries who want get personal assistance can call Humana Military, a division of Humana Government Business at (800) 444-5445 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or visit http://www.humana-military.com for enrollment and benefit help.

    All health care, pharmacy, dental and claims contact information is located at www.tricare.mil/contactus. Beneficiaries can get 24/7 TRICARE benefit information at www.tricare.mil, and make enrollment and primary care manager changes, and more online at www.tricare.mil/enrollment.

    Rather than driving to an installation TSC, TRICARE beneficiaries can even combine high-tech with low-tech by downloading health care forms online and sending them in the old fashion way, through the U.S. mail – at a cost of less than 50 cents. 

    Walk-in customer service is also the most expensive possible customer service option. By eliminating walk-in customer service at TSCs, the Department of Defense estimates savings of approximately $250 million over five years. The change does not affect TRICARE benefits or health care delivery.

    For updates on this or any other information regarding healthcare services at CRDAMC, please visit the CRDAMC website at http://www.crdamc.amedd.army.mil/Default.aspx.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – After 12 months of hard work, four additional Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center primary care clinics have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes.  Thomas Moore Health Clinic, Bennett Health Clinic, Russell Collier Health Clinic and the Family Medicine Residency Center now bear the NCQA seal of approval. Last year our three Community Based Medical Homes received similar recognition.    

    The NCQA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving health improvement throughout the healthcare system.  As part of the recognition process, NCQA reviewed hundreds of documents submitted by the staff at each of these clinics which provided fact-based evidence that the clinic was conducting business as a true Medical Home.

    “Earning Level III NCQA recognition reflects CRDAMC’s commitment to The Surgeon General’s vision of transforming from a healthcare system to a system for health.  Our clinics now rank amongst the highest nationwide – military or otherwise - in terms of quality.  This achievement underscores our commitment to providing high quality care to our patients, where they need it.  We are very proud of the hard work and dedication our teams put into making this transformation and are excited about the improved capabilities we bring to our patients,” Dr. (Col.) Frank Hauger, MD, CRDAMC Department of Family and Community Medicine, said.

    The NCQA measures the ability of medical facilities to provide quality healthcare through standardized, objective measurement guidelines.  NCQA requires recognized facilities to enhance access to care and patients' continuity with their provider teams, keep track of patient data to help manage patients' wellbeing, plan and manage care using evidence-based practices, provide self-care support and community resources, as well as track and coordinate tests, referrals and other care for patients. Finally, clinics have to show that they measure their performance and patients' feedback to continue improving the quality of care.

    Here’s what patients can expect from the (Insert Clinic Name) Medical Home?

    •        A personal provider. Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner who is trained to provide first contact, continuous and comprehensive care.

    •        Physician directed medical practice. The personal physician leads a team(s) of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for ongoing patient care. 

    •        Whole person orientation.  The personal provider is responsible for providing all of the patient’s health care needs or for arranging care with other qualified professionals.

    •        Coordinated and Integrated Care. Each patient’s care is coordinated and integrated across all elements of the health care system and the patient’s community.

    •        Quality and Safety focus:  All members of the healthcare team are focused on ensuring high quality care in the medical home.

    •        Improved access:  In the PCMH, enhanced access to care options are available through open scheduling, same day appointments, secure messaging,  and other innovative options for communication between patients, their personal physician and practice staff.

    Army Medicine’s goal is to have all of its primary care facilities in the continental United States and overseas achieve NCQA recognition and transform to the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care no later than October 1, 2014.  The transition to the PCMH model of care is part of Army Medicine’s overall shift from a health care system to a system for health. 

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas –Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of President’s Day, Feb. 17.  The hospital remains open every day for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services.

    Monday, Feb. 17 - President’s Day, Federal Holiday Observed: All Department of Family and Community Medicine clinics will be closed. Closures include:  Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Killeen Medical Home, Bennett, Thomas Moore, Monroe, Russell Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center and TMC #12.

    Pharmacy

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only. The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

    Darnall, outpatient clinics, and all pharmacies will resume normal opening hours Tuesday, Feb. 18.

    Nurse Advice Line

    Darnall’s Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (254) 553-3695. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area and are entitled to military healthcare, will receive guidance from registered nurses on urgent or non-urgent situations. Beneficiaries may also seek information on self-care for injuries or illnesses.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas -- January is National Blood Donor Month, and in celebration Robertson Blood Center will host an Open House Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to thank the men and women who have worked hard to ensure blood and blood products are available for our military family members year-round.

    Since the inception of Robertson Blood Center, our dedicated donors have helped ensure that ill or injured service members, veterans and their families receive the lifesaving blood they need.

    Lt. Col. Jose F. Quesada, director of Robertson Blood Center said, “As in years past, 2013 has been a successful year and we want to thank our tremendous donors for it.  Whether you are donating platelets, whole blood, making cookies, or spreading the word of an upcoming blood drive, your efforts have helped save lives. Thank you!”

    Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. A reduction in turnout can put our blood inventory at a critical low.  January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month to thank our donors and to encourage others to give blood.

    "We also want to welcome the many people who are not familiar with our program. Please join us in our celebration of those who have given such selfless gifts by attending the Robertson Blood Center Open House. We will be taking blood donations on that day and will also have tours available and additional information about Robertson Blood Center’s mission," Quesada said. "We are eagerly looking forward to another great year. With your help, we can ensure that we continue to save lives."

    To find out more about Robertson Blood Center, go to:
    www.militaryblood.dod.mil, or visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/FtHoodRBC.

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  • FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and its primary care clinics will modify operating hours in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal holiday, Jan. 20. The hospital remains open every day for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services.

    Monday, Jan. 20 - MLK Jr., Federal holiday observed: All Department of Family and Community Medicine clinics will be closed. Closures include:  Copperas Cove Medical Home, Harker Heights Medical Home, Killeen Medical Home, Bennett, Thomas Moore, Monroe, Russell Collier, Family Medicine Residency Center and TMC #12.

    Pharmacy

    The Main Outpatient Pharmacy, located in the hospital basement, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for new medical treatment facility prescriptions only. The Refill Pharmacy, located at the Clear Creek PX, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other pharmacies will be closed.

    Darnall, outpatient clinics, and all pharmacies will resume normal opening hours Tuesday, Jan. 21.

    Nurse Advice Line 

    Darnall’s Nurse Advice Line is available 24/7 by calling (254) 553-3695. Individuals living in the Fort Hood area and are entitled to military healthcare, will receive guidance from registered nurses on urgent or non-urgent situations. Beneficiaries may also seek information on self-care for injuries or illnesses.

     

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