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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital holds Nursing Skills Fair

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.”

A nursing team practices their neonatal resuscitation technique on a computer controlled newborn simulator during a nursing skills fair at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. The simulator can measure the nurses' response, measuring compression depth, compression rate, ventilation and other factors, providing valuable feedback and readiness. (Maria Yager)

A nursing team practices their neonatal resuscitation technique on a computer controlled newborn simulator during a nursing skills fair at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital. The simulator can measure the nurses’ response, measuring compression depth, compression rate, ventilation and other factors, providing valuable feedback and readiness. (Maria Yager)

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BACH lets you know what to Drink, Water, Sports Drinks and how much, when

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

Staff Sgt. Shaun Martin, a combat medic assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's LaPointe Army Medical Home on Fort Campbell, drinks from a 16-ounce bottle of water to maintain his hydration for optimal performance. On average, the Army recommends men should consume about 100 ounces of fluid (3 liters) each day, and women should aim for about 70 ounces (2 liters) for baseline hydration. In hot and humid environments and during physical activity, more is needed to maintain hydration - about one ounce per pound of body weight. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Staff Sgt. Shaun Martin, a combat medic assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s LaPointe Army Medical Home on Fort Campbell, drinks from a 16-ounce bottle of water to maintain his hydration for optimal performance. On average, the Army recommends men should consume about 100 ounces of fluid (3 liters) each day, and women should aim for about 70 ounces (2 liters) for baseline hydration. In hot and humid environments and during physical activity, more is needed to maintain hydration – about one ounce per pound of body weight. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Officials discuss Blanchfield Army Community Hospital ’s future as transition nears

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

From left, Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander briefs Maj. Gen. Ron Place, Defense Health Agency acting director for health care administration Aug. 7. Place visited Blanchfield and Fort Campbell for further discussions on the hospital’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA, Oct. 1. (U.S. Army, Maria Yager)

From left, Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander briefs Maj. Gen. Ron Place, Defense Health Agency acting director for health care administration Aug. 7. Place visited Blanchfield and Fort Campbell for further discussions on the hospital’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA, Oct. 1. (U.S. Army, Maria Yager)

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Mondeka Douei named Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldier of the Quarter

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

Spc. Mondeka Douei, a native of the African nation Ivory Coast, was named Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldier of the Quarter. Douei serves as a behavioral health specialist at the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic. He was selected after competing with 14 other candidates from the hospital and outlying medical homes. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Spc. Mondeka Douei, a native of the African nation Ivory Coast, was named Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldier of the Quarter. Douei serves as a behavioral health specialist at the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic. He was selected after competing with 14 other candidates from the hospital and outlying medical homes. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Free ASL Chat offered by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for patients and staff

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

BACH employees, from left, Nicole Fitzwater, Wendyann Deasis-Dubois, and Kelly Money spell out A-S-L in American Sign Language. The trio facilitate a free American Sign Language chat at the hospital twice a month for beneficiaries and staff interested in ASL. All skill levels are welcome. The group meets at noon on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month at the hospital. (U.S. Army photo by Fred Holly)

BACH employees, from left, Nicole Fitzwater, Wendyann Deasis-Dubois, and Kelly Money spell out A-S-L in American Sign Language. The trio facilitate a free American Sign Language chat at the hospital twice a month for beneficiaries and staff interested in ASL. All skill levels are welcome. The group meets at noon on the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month at the hospital. (U.S. Army photo by Fred Holly)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital welcomes new Command Sergeant Major Daniel Santiago

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell welcomed a new command sergeant major July 9. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. Santiago comes to BACH from Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California. Earle is transferring to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell welcomed a new command sergeant major July 9. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. Santiago comes to BACH from Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California. Earle is transferring to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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American Red Cross faces Blood Emergency, issues urgent call for Blood, Platelet Donors

 

American Red CrossNashville, 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.

Less than three-day supply of most blood types; new and existing donors called to help save lives. (American Red Cross)

Less than three-day supply of most blood types; new and existing donors called to help save lives. (American Red Cross)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s transition to Defense Health Agency eyed by Army Leaders

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, center, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle, right, welcome Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Forces Command commander, to the hospital, June 25. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, center, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle, right, welcome Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Forces Command commander, to the hospital, June 25. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Babies receive Weekly Books

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital adds noninvasive screening method for Colon Cancer

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)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.

Mail-in colon cancer screening may end colonoscopy for most. (CDC)

Mail-in colon cancer screening may end colonoscopy for most. (CDC)

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