The U.S. Department of Defense, in partnership with the Delta Regional Authority, provides medical, dental, and veterinary care to local residents in need of quality health care at no patient charge.
Soldiers from the 311th Field Hospital, an Army Reserve unit based in Blacklick, Ohio, are currently based at Christian County Middle School and provide a wide range of medical services to the community.
“The military partners with the community and provides free medical services,” Major Darcy Mooney said. “It’s a way for us to hone our skills because we’re reservists and we don’t do this full-time in our day-to-day lives.
The Western Kentucky Wellness Mission is an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, a DoD military training opportunity that provides joint training opportunities to increase deployment readiness while simultaneously providing key health services. Using their vast resources, the military is able to meet some of the region’s most pressing health needs. Among the services provided during IRT missions are basic medical and wellness exams, dental exams, extractions and fillings, and veterinary wellness.
Military personnel will provide basic dental, veterinary and medical services to the public at no cost to patients. There are no income or residency requirements to receive treatment, and providers will treat patients aged three and over. Patients will be treated on a first come, first served basis.
Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to drop by Christian County Middle School between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily through June 25.
There are approximately 161 reserve soldiers helping provide services, many of whom are doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and veterinarians in their civilian lives. But others receive essential practical training for their roles in an Army field hospital.
“A lot of our enlistees may be lab techs here, but they work in the police department or the fire department on the civilian side,” Mooney said.
General wellness exams, sports physical exams for athletes, and dental extractions are some of the most used procedures.
Lt. Col. Safuratu Aranmolate said that in similar trainings, dentists performed more than 600 extractions during the duration of the exercise.
“Our soldiers are excited to provide medical services to the local community – these are the preferred missions where we can train our soldiers, build relationships with community partners and see the impact we are having in the community,” Aranmolate said. .
There’s even a limited pharmacy on-site that can dispense a limited amount of medication, such as antibiotics.
Veterinary services are limited to basic welfare checks, as well as vaccination and deworming of animals.
Mooney said the proximity to Fort Campbell helps facilitate the mission.
“That’s where we stay – in the barracks over there,” Mooney said. “So it certainly helps that Fort Campbell is here.”