|(Editor’s note: “SPOTLIGHT” is a continuing series
about tenant activities and missions at Fort McCoy.)
What is it?
Medical Maintenance at Fort McCoy services and maintains medical
equipment for 15 medical organizations in a five-state region. Equipment
that is serviced includes everything from otoscopes (ear-inspecting
tool), to X-ray machines to defibrillators, and more.
Craig Franks, a biomed technician
with Medical Maintenance at Fort McCoy, checks the electrical
condition of the vital signs monitor at the Fort McCoy
Occupational Health Clinic. The monitor is connected to an
electrical safety analyzer, which gives a reading of the
equipment’s leakage current.
(Photo by Geneve N. Mankel)
Medical Maintenance staff ensures scheduled services are conducted
for each piece of medical equipment. Depending on the equipment, the
items are serviced quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Life-saving
equipment, for example, needs to be checked quarterly.
Medical Maintenance is part of the Army Medical Department, which is
based at Fort Knox, Ky.
Medical organizations supported by the Fort McCoy Medical
Maintenance office include occupational health clinics (OHC), troop
medical clinics (TMC), and military entrance processing stations.
What have they done?
At Fort McCoy Medical Maintenance staff primarily supports the Fort
The TMC, dental clinic and mobilization/demobilization medical
sections also were supported prior to their departure.
A recent large-scale project Medical Maintenance assisted with was
the packing and shipping of the medical equipment belonging to the
medical detachment that supported the mobilization mission at Fort
Five buildings’ worth of medical equipment had to be properly packed
and shipped to Fort Knox.
What is planned?
Medical Maintenance will continue to service the Fort McCoy OHC and
its customers in the surrounding area.
Why are they important?
Medical Maintenance ensures all of the equipment the Fort McCoy OHC
uses is serviceable. Timely repairs are made, if needed. This allows
the OHC, which provides health services to federal civilians who
work at the installation, to complete its mission.
By having Medical Maintenance staff located at Fort McCoy, rather
than strictly at Fort Knox, the Army saves money on travel and time.
The majority of the Fort McCoy Medical Maintenance area of operation
is within driving distance.
Medical Maintenance is co-located with the OHC in building 1679 at
Fort McCoy. For more information, call 608-388-2221.