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BACH recognizes namesake Florence Blanchfield for Women’s Equality Day

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – As the nation celebrates Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, 2020, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky stands as a lasting tribute to a trailblazer in Army Medicine and public service.

“Our hospital was named after Col. Florence A. Blanchfield and her story is amazing. She was known and respected for her commitment to the care of Soldiers and transforming the Army Nurse Corps to better serve the nation’s wounded. She reported to the office of the Superintendent of the Army Nurse Corps as a captain in 1935 where she had the opportunity to help shape policy, but that was just the beginning of her sentinel achievements for the Army Nurse Corps,” said Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander.

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

Col. Florence A. Blanchfield joined the Army during World War I and the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. She went on to lead the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, placing nurses in combat zones because that is where their care was needed in order to save service members’ lives. In return for their dedication, she championed and obtained equal rank, pay and benefits for nurses while helping pave the way for women to follow. (U.S. Army photo)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital recognizes namesake Florence Blanchfield as Army Nurse Corps marks 119 years

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and Army Nurses from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 531st Hospital Center gathered at BACH before clinic hours January 30th, 2020 to celebrate the 119th Anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps.

While nurses have supported the nation’s Soldiers since the American Revolution, it was not until February 2nd, 1901 that congress formally established the U. S. Army Nurse Corps. Nurses were appointed in the Regular Army for three years at a time, and their appointments could be renewed based on satisfactory service.

 BACH's most senior nurse, Mr. Jim NIx, Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety, and most junior nurse 1st Lt. Kathryn Fullman, join Col. Amanda Forristal, Deputy Commander for Nursing, to cut a cake celebrating the 119th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. (U.S. Army photo)


BACH’s most senior nurse, Mr. Jim NIx, Deputy to the Commander for Quality and Safety, and most junior nurse 1st Lt. Kathryn Fullman, join Col. Amanda Forristal, Deputy Commander for Nursing, to cut a cake celebrating the 119th anniversary of the Army Nurse Corps. (U.S. Army photo)

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