Published on May 18th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Moncrief Army Hospital will transition to an Army Health Clinic
FORT JACKSON, South Carolina – The Army authorized U.S. Army Medical Command to begin transitioning Moncrief Army Community Hospital to an Army Health Clinic, discontinuing inpatient medical and behavioral health services June 15.
This decision was based on a very thorough and careful analysis by the Army, looking at how to best align medical capabilities with patient needs.
“The health and wellness of all of our beneficiaries are extremely important to us,” said Col. Traci E. Crawford, Moncrief commander. “Moncrief will continue to provide full service primary care to all eligible Fort Jackson beneficiaries, including active duty service members, Soldiers in Training, Family members, and community retirees.”
Moncrief beneficiaries will also continue to receive and have access to inpatient and operative services at local TRICARE network hospitals or at nearby military hospitals such as Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon. These facilities already provide inpatient/surgical care for higher complexity cases that cannot currently be performed at Moncrief.
“I want all our beneficiaries to know that your access to care isn’t changing,” Crawford said. “Those needing referrals to surgical or specialty services will still receive them from their primary care provider. The only difference will be where you go to have the surgery done. Although this transition is necessary, the Army’s commitment to ensuring Soldiers and their Families have access to timely, safe, quality care will never change.”
Moncrief and Fort Jackson have scheduled a Town Hall meeting May 24 to discuss the transition with the beneficiary population and local community as well as address any questions, comments, or concerns.
Moncrief Army Community Hospital is located on Fort Jackson, South Carolina and is part of the 82.13 square mile military installation located adjacent to the state capital of Columbia. It is a system of health committed to providing Access to Safe, Quality Outpatient Care and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the Association of American Blood Banks and the American Optometric Association.