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February 10, 2012

Spotlight

Medical Maintenance

(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.
PHOTO: Craig Franks, a biomed technician with Medical Maintenance at Fort McCoy, checks the electrical condition of the vital signs monitor. Photo by Geneve N. Mankel
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 McCoy OHC.

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 McCoy.

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.

Resources:
Medical Maintenance is co-located with the OHC in building 1679 at Fort McCoy. For more information, call 608-388-2221.

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