Topic: Blanchfield Army Community Hospital
Fort Campbell, KY – Things were looking a little different on Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby Unit recently. Nurse educators transformed a training classroom into a barnyard scene during their annual nursing skills fair.
“Our theme is called ‘Cultivating Your Skills’ and we’re growing our knowledge between the two units,” said nursing skills fair coordinator, Capt. Jessica Little, BACH’s Mother Baby Unit clinical nurse officer in charge. “It’s really our nursing skills that we’re looking at and being able to take care of our patients, and readiness as far as those medical skills go.”
Fort Campbell, KY – If physical activity in the summertime has you feeling hot, sweaty, and thirsty, it’s only natural to reach for an ice cold drink to quench your body’s thirst, but not all beverages are created equal when it comes to rehydration. Certain beverages can cause more harm than good when it comes to hydration and Army officials want Soldiers to know how to best keep their body’s mission ready.
“Army-wide, heat injuries are on the rise with the highest rates in Soldiers less than 25 years old,” said Capt. Erica Jarmer, a registered dietitian at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.
Fort Campbell, KY – The Defense Health Agency’s acting assistant director for health care administration visited Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky August 7th, 2019 for more discussion about the hospital’s transition to DHA October 1st.
Maj. Gen. Ron Place, who was recently confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and selected to serve as the next director of DHA, was accompanied by Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Bottroff, senior enlisted representative.
Fort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) named Spc. Mondeka Douei Soldier of the Quarter, hospital leaders announced July, 30th, 2019.
Douei, a native of the African nation Ivory Coast, is a behavioral health specialist and has served in the Army for nearly two years. He was selected after competing with 14 other candidates from the hospital and outlying medical homes.
The Soldier of the Quarter Board was a rigorous two-day competition run by hospital NCOs.
Fort Campbell, KY – During a free group that meets twice a month, beneficiaries and staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital can learn and practice American Sign Language.
“We initially started it with the staff to improve communication with our deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and staff members we have here at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, but we would love the opportunity for our patients to join us as well,” said Nicole Fitzwater, an employee at BACH who volunteers her time to facilitate the group.
Fort Campbell, KY – On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 a new command sergeant major was welcomed by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell.
Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle passed responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. The MEDDAC Fort Campbell includes the medical missions on Fort Campbell, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Nashville, TN – The American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
Fort Campbell, KY – On June 25th, 2019, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, General Michael X. Garrett, visited Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) to discuss how the hospital’s transition to the Defense Health Agency will impact Soldier medical readiness on Fort Campbell and medical care for service members, retirees and family members enrolled at the facility.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 called for transitioning the management of the three separate military health systems of the Army, Navy and Air Force to one, managed by a single Defense Health Agency. Blanchfield’s transition from an Army Medicine managed facility to DHA is scheduled for October 1st.
Fort Campbell, KY – Babies born at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital can receive a new book, free, each month until age five from a non-profit child literacy program offered in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky designed to expose even the youngest children to reading.
A registration card is available in the patient admission packet each new mother receives during her stay on the hospital’s Mother Baby Unit. Parents simply complete the card and return it to their nurse before discharge and a hospital volunteer will enter their enrollment information into the system.
Fort Campbell, KY – While colonoscopy, a procedure performed in the hospital under sedation, is the most accurate screening method for colon cancer, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) recently added a new, noninvasive screening method for colon cancer that beneficiaries can do at home.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and medical officials said early detection greatly increases survivability.
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