Arsenal's Fox Army Health Center setting new health care standard

Arsenal's Fox Army Health Center setting new health care standard

By Lee Marshall
WAFF 48 News Anchor

Men and women are serving in uniform around the world. And many times, injuries are part of the job. Now, thanks to a plan in place at Redstone Arsenal, medical treatment for soldiers in times of war and peace is improving.

When deplorable conditions for America's soldiers at Walter Reed were brought to light in 2007, top ranking officials resigned and Congress called on the Army to take action.

That action started at Redstone Arsenal and Fox Army Health Center. It's no longer Walter Reed, but Fox at Redstone that is setting the healthcare standard for the Army.

Col. Mark Smith is the commander at Fox Army Health Center on Redstone.

"The country charges us to enlist and put in the military healthy people,' Smith said.

Smith has developed a proactive approach to keep soldiers healthy.

"They learn what risks they're under if you don't [have] proper nutrition and if you don't do exercise in the proper amounts. It affects your health. [The participants learn about] certain diseases.'

They also learn how to access the health care that's available to them. They can receive health screenings and a one on one evaluation from a medical professional.

"It's not just physical health, it's mental, emotional and spiritual health; we see that particularly in family members. So we think this can be a model for the entire Army medical department," Smith said.

The Welcome to Wellness program has seen such success at Fox on Redstone, it is now being tried as a model at Fort Stewart, and is on track to be the Army's new model for taking care of all soldiers.