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MEDDAC Public Affairs
Fort Carson MEDDAC PAO
1650 Cochrane Circle
Building 7505

Fort Carson, CO 80913
Tel:  (719) 526-7473/0562


New CSM takes responsibility of WTB


During a Change of Responsibility ceremony Oct. 7, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Lawrence relinquished responsibility of Fort Carson’s Warrior Transition Battalion to Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Cole. 

“Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence positively and directly influenced the medical care and therapies of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Termain, WTB commander.


After hours and weekend healthcare: Do you know where to go and what to do?

The ideal place to receive health care is your Patient Centered Medical Home with your primary care manager or PCM, but we all know, people do not just get ill or injured Monday through Friday during normal, medical clinic hours. At Evans Army Community Hospital we understand this and try to meet your needs.

Your PCM should be the person you seek health care from, as they can focus on your long-term health and are able to assess and treat your total health needs. They can treat the symptoms you are experiencing now, as well as monitor chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, to help you live life fully.


Evans expands its cardiology services

A ribbon cutting ceremony at Evans Army Community Hospital marked the expansion of services for the hospital’s cardiology clinic. The additional capabilities of the clinic come with the arrival of a military cardiologist.

“We have been building upon what was already here,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Carlson, Evans’ new cardiologist who recently arrived from Fort Belvoir, Virginia. “Before the hospital had a cardiology/pulmonary section, without a physician. This meant that many patients were sent downtown and the results of the tests done by Evans’ technicians were sent to Brooke (Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston) for reading.”

New Carson unit has 6-state responsibility

A new unit activated on Fort Carson Sept. 5 that is responsible for the health of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers in six states. The Joint Task Force Carson Warrior Transition Battalion Community Care Unit is one of 13 units being established at 11 Army installations which will allow Soldiers to recover at home with the support of their families and communities.

“We are very fortunate to have been one of the few Warrior Transition Battalions selected to receive a CCU,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Termain, commander of Fort Carson’s WTB. “This activation is in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the cadré and civilian staff of this battalion.”

As widely reported, our area is experiencing the effects of an uncommon strain of respiratory virus: Enterovirus D68.  This viral illness was first identified in 1962 and is related to the same virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease among other types of viral illness. There is no cure or antibiotics to treat viruses. Our bodies will usually kill the virus within seven to 10 days.  At this time, some children have required hospital care.

The signs and symptoms of Enterovirus begin as a common cold and the virus is spread like colds and “flu.” There is no way to predict which children will progress to full blown lung infection, so providers watch them closely. It is important to use a humidifier at home, keep children well-hydrated by drinking plenty of clear liquids, and prevention includes avoiding close contact between well and sick persons, good hand-washing, as well as using disinfectant wipes on all surfaces in the home daily.


Prenatal Nutrition – Where It All Begins!

Congratulations you’re pregnant! I’m sure you’ve heard that you’re now "eating for two" and though your baby does grow and develop from the nutrients you eat, just eating double of what you currently eat may not provide all the nutrients the baby needs and may just actually just cause excess weight gain from empty calories.

I encourage expectant Moms to think of their pregnancy as a time to develop new and or improved eating habits that they’ll have for the rest of their lives and that their children will learn as well. Babies need a variety of nutrients for development and growth and they rely on the mom-to-be to consume them. Monthly classes are held the second Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Nutrition Care Division at Evans Army Community Hospital. Call 526-7920 to enroll in the next class today! No referral is needed!


Fort Carson MEDDAC information management named IT Professionals, Team of the Year

The Fort Carson MEDDAC, Information Management and Information Technology professionals were named the FY13 AMEDD IM IT Professionals and Team of the Year. This was a multi-service collaborative effort to provide state-of-the-art hands free communications for the MEDDAC clinical staff.

The primary communication device, the Vocera Badge is a lightweight, wearable voice-controlled device that enables instant two-way or one to many conversations using intuitive and simple commands. It is widely used by mobile workers who want the convenience and expedience of being able to communicate hands-free.

Evans lets moms-to-be soak it up during labor

The Mountain Post Birthing Center at Evans Army Community Hospital has a new way to help moms before they deliver their babies without the use of drugs. Starting in July, the hospital began water labor for mothers-to-be who are looking for a drug-free birthing experience.

“My goal was to do natural child birth with no epidural or narcotics,” said Brynn Sims, who gave birth to her son James Aug. 12, after using a water tub during labor. “It absolutely helped and I don’t think I could have done it without drugs and without water.”


Fort Carson set to take challenge

The Fort Carson Army Wellness Center is challenging everyone on post – Soldier, family member and civilian – to become healthier members of the community. And they have a tool to help you accomplish this.

“The 26-Week Health Challenge is a way to enhance your sleep, activity and nutrition by using tips from Army Medicine’s Performance Triad,” said Maj. Danielle Nichols, the chief of the Fort Carson Army Wellness Center.
EACH University

Hospital staff goes back to school

Employees of Evans Army Community Hospital are going back to school. But they will not have to leave the hospital to garner their education. They will be attending the hospital’s new “school” – EACH University.

The “university” is a low-cost, internal training program that was the brain child of Evans’ employee Toni Chatman, a logistician whose duties at the hospital involve property management and hand receipt management.


Computer-use eyestrain Prevention

Staring at your computer screen, smartphone, video game or other digital devices for long periods won’t cause permanent eye damage, but your eyes may feel dry and tired. Some people also experience headaches or motion sickness when viewing 3-D, which may indicate that the viewer has a problem with focusing or depth perception. 


Summer camp continues lessons learned at school

From time to time we all need a little help. That was one lesson 20 children learned during Fort Carson’s School Behavioral Health Summer Camp.

The two-week camp, for students from Fort Carson’s elementary and middle schools, was designed with the children’s needs in mind.

"Every activity we do at the camp is therapeutic in some way," said Jacqueline Delano, PhD, the deputy chief for the School Behavioral Health program. "It may look like the kids are just having fun, but there is actually thought behind each activity."



Hospital shoots for a star

Evans Army Community Hospital is shooting for a star by lowering the number of accidents at the hospital to near zero.  Evans is in the middle of implementing a 2.5-year Occupational Safety & Health Administration program that focuses on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement.


Evans kicks off new mom meal program

Kerry Tighe sits with her new born son Thomas and husband, Master Sgt. Lucas Tighe (who is assigned to Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Carson), before eating her “New Mom” meal at Evans Army Community Hospital June 12. Thomas was born June 11, making Kerry the first mom to take part in the hospital’s new meal program which allows new mothers who give birth in the Mountain Post Birthing Center the opportunity to choose a meal off a special menu.

Evans hospital's scavenger hunt promotes
recycling, sustainability

FILL IN THE BLANK:  The Fort Carson _______ program has three goals: Waste, Energy and Water [conservation].

This is just one of 10 scavenger hunt questions Evans Army Community Hospital staff and patients answered during its annual sustainability celebration June 4.


The Performance Triad, the right health focus for all

Army Medicine formally kicked off its Army-wide Performance Triad campaign the first week in June, to positively influence the health and behaviors of the entire Army Family.

The triad includes sleep, activity, and nutrition, elements that significantly contribute to health, performance and resilience.


Healthcare providers interact, strengthen the network

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Seasonal influenza vaccinations

Recipient wears Purple Heart for fallen comrades

Mailroom named for man who served Soldiers

Hospital has appointments to sleep through

Hospital plans to mitigate furlough pains for patients

Hospital welcomes new CSM

Patients roll into world class rooms

Youth army invades EACH for summer internship

Keeping food allergies in control

Having a safe and healthy summer in the Rockies

New appointment model offers more same-day service
10-year-old earns award for saving mom
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Last Modified 15 October, 2014