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RTS-Medical facilities to open in early fall

Training facilities for the Regional Training Site (RTS)-Medical organization at Fort McCoy will be in place for current and future missions with the opening of a Biomedical Repair Center and a Classroom Facility in the early fall time frame, said Gerry Meyer.

Photo: Employees from Charpie-Solitt of Chicago work on the Biomedical Equipment Repair Building project, which will support RTS-Medical training. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Employees from Charpie-Solitt of Chicago work on the Biomedical Equipment Repair Building project, which will support RTS-Medical training. (Photo by Rob Schuette)  

Meyer, the RTS-Medical executive officer, said the 17,000-square-foot Biomedical Repair Center, which is attached to the RTS-Medical administrative facility, and the 12,000-square-foot classroom, which is located across the street, will bring the 21st century medical campus concept to reality.

The facilities are part of a $6.1 million Military Construction Army Reserve contract.

"That will give us 14 renovated or new buildings, with state-of-the-art operating systems to offer training to medical units," Meyer said. "We’ll be set in our building needs for the next decade."

The campus-style arrangement of buildings will place the training opportunities in close proximity to each other, he said.

RTS-Medical will be able to meet its current training missions and will be well-positioned for any future training missions it might receive, he said.

Soldiers using the new Biomedical Repair Center can train to repair X-ray machines, CT-scanners, etc. Meyer said the repaired equipment then is sent back to the units. This training currently is done on an interim basis in the 800 block.

RTS-Medical will continue its main training missions using computerized mannequins to support medical training and enhance the military occupational specialty training for clinical staff and other Soldiers in the medical field, such as the combat medics, he said.

Enough land is located adjacent to the classrooms to set up a 44-bed Deployable Medical Systems (DEPMEDS) tent structure, Meyer said.

Because DEPMEDS often function as separate entities in the field, RTS-Medical is seeking to establish a second site in the area to meet Army Medical training standards for future training and mobilizations.

 

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