Humphreys clinic expands to meet base’s growing needs
July 10, 2009
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — The Camp Humphreys medical clinic now has more space for treating patients, plus a new roof and interior.
The $3 million overhaul at Building 555 means the clinic now has the space to handle a base population of up to 20,000.
"It was done with the future in mind," said Robert H. McElroy, spokesman for the U.S. Army Garrison-Humphreys.
Camp Humphreys’ population currently stands at about 10,000 but is expected to grow in coming years as part of a $13 billion expansion that will triple the post in size and make it the U.S. military’s chief installation in South Korea.
Renovation to the clinic began in December while services continued, McElroy said.
It has functioned as a medical clinic for at least a decade but in earlier years was a stockade.
By gutting the first floor and overhauling a former ambulance bay, workers created 3,500 square feet of new space, he said.
Part of that new space was used to enlarge the patient waiting area and after-hours clinic, McElroy said.
Another portion went toward adding 15 new doctor’s offices that can also be used as examination rooms, he said. That brings to 45 the number of such offices.
Workers also put in new walls and installed energy-efficient lighting and an air conditioning system. A formal opening ceremony is set for Friday.