A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday, June 20, 2016, for the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. Ground was broken for the building in 2010, and it opened to patients in early 2016.

FORT HOOD — Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will celebrate Patient Appreciation Week from Feb. 13-17 with a series of events designed to show appreciation to the area’s 100,000-plus beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries include active-duty military, retirees and their family members eligible for benefits.

Beginning Monday, community members are invited to check out the Darnall Facebook page for live news and information updates from various departments and clinics.

“Coffee with the Commander and Command Sergeant Major” is the Tuesday highlight of the day. Beneficiaries can chat, share comments or provide other feedback directly to the command team over a cup of coffee in Darnall’s dining facility from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A second event is planned for 9 a.m. Thursday.

Also on Tuesday, beneficiaries will have an opportunity to become part of the “100,000 reasons campaign” by adding a photo to a collage celebrating beneficiaries. The photo collage will be displayed at various events and activities throughout the year.

On Wednesday and Thursday, pediatric dental screenings will be available for children 12 and younger. Screenings will be from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Children who require additional dental care may qualify for a special on-post pediatric dental program.

The activities wrap up Feb. 17 with free face painting and health education coloring activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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