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Fort to get new health clinic

July 26, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., and Barbara A. Mikulski, D- Md., announced Friday that the Senate has approved $4.65 million in funding for the construction of a new health and dental clinic at Fort Detrick.

The funds were approved as part of the fiscal 1998 Military Construction appropriations bill that passed the Senate on July 22 by a vote of 98-2.

The current Fort Detrick Health Clinic occupies approximately 5,500 square feet of space in the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease building on base. The clinic is undersized and lacks many health care services, including X-ray and laboratory services. Hallways have also been used as waiting rooms. And with an influx of new military personnel resulting from Base Realignment and Closure Commission decisions, the facility will become further strained in its ability to provide quality health care.

"With the closure of Fort Ritchie and the move of personnel to Fort Detrick, it is critical to have adequate health care facilities at the installation," Sarbanes said. "The construction of this new facility will have a positive impact on morale and military readiness by providing for quality health and dental services."

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"This clinic will be used by the men and women in uniform who travel to all reaches of the globe to protect our country," Mikulski said. "They deserve to have medical and dental care provided in a top-notch medical facility designed for that purpose."

The new facility, which will be more than 20,000 square feet, will provide areas for general practice/pediatrics, occupational health, dental, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology as well as administrative and storage.

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