DVIDS – News – BJACH invests in infrastructure, improves facilities, patient satisfaction

FORT POLK, Louisiana – Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital officially opened for the current facility in 1983. The hospital was named for New Orleans native Gen. Stanhope Bayne-Jones, the world-renowned bacteriologist responsible for typhus control in Europe at the end of World War II.

The land was laid for the current facility in 1978 with a modern design for the time. Much has changed in the 39 years since BJACH treated the first patients at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana. In order to maintain the excellent quality of healthcare for which the hospital is known, investments in infrastructure, renovations and new equipment have been made and purchased over the past few years.

BJACH has recently completed over $10 million in hospital and dental clinic projects to improve services to soldiers, their families and beneficiaries. Projects include renovations to the joint medical surgery department; architectural and HVAC repairs and equipment upgrades for the Chesser Dental Clinic; an improved service line for the dining room; a new nursing station for the labor, delivery and postpartum department; new floors in radiology as well as a new MRI scanner; and electrical, plumbing and other repairs to the post-vet clinic.

Major Markeisha Hubbard, head nurse in charge of the mixed medical surgery ward, said the entire ward had been completely refurbished.

“We have patient rooms, a nursing station and state-of-the-art equipment,” she said. “Our patient experience has improved dramatically due to the welcoming colors, spacious rooms and modern building style.”

Hubbard said employees were pleased to have a designated break room, private lockers and a conference room to hold monthly trainings and briefings.

“We now operate in a safe environment,” she said, “we no longer need to store our supplies and equipment in patient rooms. Each piece of equipment can be easily located and secured.

Hubbard said his team appreciates the renovation of their department and the rest of the facility.

Captain Rebecca Prince, Head of Nutritional Care, said the service line and interior of the BJACH dining room have been upgraded for efficiency, safety and service.

“The BJACH Bistro is the hospital’s communal hub and largest conference space for patients and staff,” she said. “DFAC recently underwent renovations for a new stainless steel service line that allows staff to easily clean and maintain the dining room’s most impacted equipment. Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, extreme temperature fluctuations, durable, hygienic and attractive to customers.

Prince said the dining room is often used as a conference space for large gatherings at the hospital.

“Our DFAC is regularly used for award ceremonies, monthly facility medical board meetings, and our organization’s special events,” she said. “In addition to the new paint job, we have invested in technology upgrades to improve the overall functionality and experience for all visitors and staff.”

Major Ashley Slack, CNOIC for the Labor, Delivery and Postpartum Department, said the nurses’ station had recently been refurbished.

“Our new nursing station is open and spacious,” she says. “As you approach the office, you immediately notice the brightness of the modern gray and white color palette and natural wood tones. Some of our nurses were involved in the design and color of the final production.”

Slack said its clinical staff appreciate the functional organization that supports the fast-paced environment of their department.

Col. Anita Kimbrough, commander of the U.S. Army’s dental health activity at Fort Polk, said renovations to Chesser’s dental clinic were a long time coming.

“There are a lot of patients sent to Chesser who had to go to another clinic on the other side of the station to receive care,” she said. “The newly renovated facility is ideally located for the 519th Military Police Battalion, 46th Engineer Battalion, and 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment “Geronimo” Soldiers who live and work near the facility. This clinic also serves Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison, Operations Group, DENTAC, 32nd Hospital Center, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and the 705th Artillery Company.

Kimbrough said the facility’s expanded capabilities will improve access to care for soldiers with the new state-of-the-art equipment.

“In addition to the new equipment, we’ve added new paint and decor to improve the overall patient experience,” she said. “Visiting the dentist can be stressful and our patients have noticed the soothing ambience of the clinic.”

The most recent upgrade at BJACH has been the installation of an upgraded MRI scanner.

Sergeant First Class Robert Cook, NCO in charge of the radiology department, said the new magnet has a larger tunnel diameter which will improve patient comfort.

“Image speed and quality have been improved, allowing less time spent in the magnet and higher resolution images,” he said. “This high-end MRI allows us to better serve patients in our community and provide the best care possible.”

Kim Duncan, facilities manager of BJACH, said that over the past five years, the hospital has invested more than $50 million in improvements, renovations and upgrades to the hospital and clinics.

“We’re not done yet,” she said. “We have a project that will start in June and we are developing upgrades to the hospital’s cooling tower system which should be awarded later this summer. We have a renewal plan for CASM and the lab in the queue planned for the next two to three years. These projects will improve the overall experience of soldiers, families, beneficiaries and personnel. »

Duncan said the improvements made and those planned will bring BJACH up to 2022 standards for medical facilities across the country and improve the experience for patients and staff.

Date taken: 26.05.2022
Date posted: 26.05.2022 19:05
Story ID: 421687
Location: FORT POLK, LA, USA

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