Darnell statues

With an early April opening date set, the final touches are being placed inside and outside the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, including this set of bronze statues recently placed outside the hospital's main entrance. The statues depict an active duty soldier, with his family, shaking the hand of a veteran.

Mark my words: 2016 will be a big year for Fort Hood’s biggest construction project — the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

Rightly so, officials are already planning a variety of events that will go hand-in-hand with the scheduled April opening.

Next week, on Jan. 28, the commander of the hospital, Col. Mark Thompson, is hosting a community town hall on the topic. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in the health education classrooms located on the second floor of the older hospital.

Thompson “will provide a community update on the move to the new hospital and upcoming ‘Day in the Life’ rehearsal events, as well as information on new pharmacy services and the Direct-In Campaign,” according to a news release from Darnall.

All soldiers, family members and retirees are invited to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

Darnall officials are looking for about 250 volunteers for the “day-in-the-life” events that will help showcase the new state-of-the-art, $500 million hospital to the community.

The first such event is scheduled for Feb. 6 and another is planed for March 5.

“The staff has to get comfortable delivering care in the new facility, so we definitely need the support of the community,” Thompson said in a news release. “We’re going to need about 250 community volunteers to help us with the upcoming Day in the Life events.”

The events will showcase the talents of the medical staff, as well.

“This is a great opportunity for medical center staff to show the commander and the community how prepared we are,” said Maj. Brian Cahill, transition director. “It is one of the final checks the commander will complete to ensure staff is ready to deliver care in the facility.”

Keep reading the Fort Hood Herald in the weeks and months ahead for complete coverage of the new Darnall.

Community members interested in participating in the “Day in the Life” events can contact the hospital operations chief, Billy Williams, at 254-286-7210, extension 4546 or send an email to usarmy.hood.medcom-crdamc.list.operations-group@mail.mil for more information.

Contact Jacob Brooks jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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