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Health

TMC, TMC annex providing 
medical services to Soldiers

      The newly renovated and expanded Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) and TMC Annex at Fort McCoy help TMC staff provide timely and quality medical services to all Soldiers, including mobilizing and demobilizing personnel, said Capt. John Donofrio.

      Donofrio, the TMC officer-in-charge, said the projects were contracted to provide facilities to handle the population surges of Soldiers at sick call and those needing other medical services.

      The facilities have been designed so the TMC annex handles sick call. The renovations added additional exam and screening rooms and an expanded reception area in the TMC for those waiting for medical services. Medical services available in the TMC include X-ray, laboratory and pharmacy equipment and setup. The expanded pharmacy service area allows TMC personnel to provide timely service that meets Soldiers' needs, he said.


"The primary-care services we offer are comparable to or better than the services Soldiers would receive in the civilian world."

Capt. John Donofrio,
TMC Officer-in-Charge

      "The primary-care services we offer are comparable to or better than the services Soldiers would receive in the civilian world," Donofrio said. "For example, we offer pharmacy services that a primary care provider might not have."

      Another advantage of the renovation projects is gaining more medical and logistical space, he said. The additional space helps personnel seeking treatment feel the facility is less crowded and has adequate space to allow for positive patient/staff interaction.

      The additional space also helps the medical staff better perform their duties because it allows more space for supplies and medical equipment and makes the environment more conducive to providing better care, he said.

      "The new, improved buildings create a better atmosphere for patients and staff, alike," he said. "The patients feel like someone cares for them. The staff is excited about the improvements and improved work environment. The changes are great for everyone's morale."

      The troop population eligible to use the facilities includes any Soldiers on orders at Fort McCoy, such as for any type of training, permanent-party duty, mobilization and demobilization. Donofrio said the permanent-party personnel are allowed to use the TRI-CARE Remote program to obtain medical services in the civilian sector, if they choose. Family members of permanent-party personnel must use TRICARE Remote services to receive their medical treatment in the civilian sector.

      The current TMC hours, building 2669, are open weekdays 7-9 a.m. and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for appointments. Sick call sign-in is from 7-8 a.m. daily through Oct. 26.

      The TMC is open to active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers. For information, call (608) 388-3025.

      The current TMC Annex hours, building 2656, are sick call 7-8 a.m. weekdays. Appointments for non-urgent medical conditions are seen between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The TMC Annex serves mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers. For information, call (608) 388-3999 or to make appointments call between 7:30 and 9 a.m.

 

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