East Bliss breaks ground on new health, dental clinic

Eight members of Team Bliss leadership, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and JE Dunn Construction break ground June 9 on a 39,000-square-foot Infantry Brigade Combat Team Health and Dental Clinic, to be located at East Fort Bliss. Photo by Julia Yubeta, WBAMC Public Affairs.

Julia Yubeta,
WBAMC Public Affairs:

In keeping with the U.S. Army Medical Command’s commitment to build for the future and meet the health and dental care needs of Soldiers and their families, eight members of Fort Bliss leadership, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and JE Dunn Construction broke ground on a 39,000-square-foot Infantry Brigade Combat Team Health and Dental Clinic June 9.

Plotted to be located in Building 12127 at East Fort Bliss, the facility is expected to enroll up to 8,570 Soldiers and family members from the 1st Armored Division.

With 18 exam rooms, seven provider offices and five treatment rooms, in addition to 14 dental treatment rooms, the construction of the $24.6 million facility will support an average of 170 outpatient visits daily.

“Health care is at its best when it is delivered in close proximity to where Soldiers and families live and work,” said Col. Dennis Doyle, commander of William Beaumont Army Medical Center. “This groundbreaking is another Team Bliss milestone as we continue to expand Army medicine access and capability to match the growth and operational tempo of this power-projection platform.”

Doyle said the clinic, projected to be completed in May, will incorporate the Primary Care Medical Home Model concept, an interdisciplinary team approach that increases communication and incorporates behavioral health into the primary care team.

“Supporting disciplines such as optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, lab and radiology will also be available at the point of care,” he said.

“This groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction of a clinic that continues the tradition of providing world-class medical and dental care for Soldiers and their families,” said U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas’ 16th Congres-sional District.

Displayed is the design of the health and dental clinic to be located at East Fort Bliss. Courtesy Graphic, WBAMC Public Affairs.

Reyes recalled hearing of the Base Realignment and Closure Act decisions that would result in the expansion of Fort Bliss.

“I knew that decision would transform this great military post,” he said. “The infusion of over $5 billion in construction has provided many opportunities for small businesses in this great city and great region.”

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Reyes revealed that he was often chided by his colleagues concerning the amount of funding that has been invested in Fort Bliss.

“A former colleague told me he was worried because of the amount of concrete being poured into this desert region, it would somehow sink,” he joked, and added, “I assured him we were prepared for any emergency.”

On a more serious note, Reyes told those in attendance that it was his privilege to represent the 16th Congressional District of Texas.

“As far as I am concerned, projects such as this clinic are what we need to continue to invest in.

“It is exactly what we need to do to honor those who honor us,” Reyes continued, “by their service and military careers, as well as the service of their families, in defense of this great nation.”

 

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