Health clinic part of $600M construction boom at Grafenwöhr
European edition, Tuesday, August 14, 2007
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Community members are reaping the benefits of years of planning and construction with new on-post medical, shopping and dining facilities that opened this month.
And more projects are due to come on-line by the end of summer.
This month has already seen the doors open at the training area’s new shoppette/gas station. Diners will start eating at a new Main Post dining facility by the end of the month, and next month Grafenwöhr’s massive new post exchange/commissary will open, according to Joint Multinational Training Command spokesman Maj. Eric Bloom.
The projects are part of the $600 million Efficient Basing Grafenwöhr (EBG) construction program that will see the training area grow from a 1,000-soldier garrison with 2,000 military family members — as of last year — to a brigade-size facility with 4,500 active-duty soldiers and 7,000 family members.
Officials cut the ribbon Monday on the new Grafenwöhr Health Clinic.
Garrison commander Col. Brian Boyle told a crowd gathered at the health clinic that he’s pleased to see facilities opening five years into the EBG program. The new clinic will make a difference in the quality of care received by soldiers and also benefit their families, he said.
Clinic commander Lt. Col. Telita Cros- land called Grafenwöhr “a center of gravity” for the Army in Europe.
Bavaria Medical Activity (Medac) commander Col. Theresa Schneider compared the facility to a new pair of sports shoes.
“It will help you feel energized. Community, this is your new facility that is going to make you healthy,” she said.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Europe District commander Col. Margaret Burcham said the $13 million clinic took 4½ years to design and build. The new 28,000-square-foot facility includes 22 additional primary care examination rooms, she said.
Bavaria Dental Activity (Dentac) commander Col. John Etzenbach said the clinic houses 31 dental chairs and eight dentists including a pediatric dentist and an oral surgeon. High-tech equipment will allow dentists serving downrange to access soldiers’ X-rays stored at the clinic, he said.
“As Würzburg (dental clinic) closes we hope to bring additional dental specialists to this community,” he said, adding that the Dentac headquarters will relocate to Vilseck later this year.
The clinic was built in three phases allowing medical services to be delivered at the site throughout construction, Burcham said.
“It has ended up being the most modern military medical facility in Europe,” she said.