By Lee Marshall
WAFF 48 News Anchor
The Fox Army Health Center on Redstone Arsenal is getting a $3.7 million renovation.
It's an overdue investment in the health care of solders.
From pediatrics to pathology to primary care, the medical team at Fox Army Health Center sees on average 50,000 patients a year. They do that in a facility that is out of date.
"We haven't even put a coat of paint on the walls in 35 years here, not to make anybody feel wrong, but we haven't," said Col. Mark Smith, who runs Fox, and is overseeing the renovations.
Dry wall is going up and dated yellow tile in the bathrooms is coming down. Walking down the hall, you see new ceramic tile.
"We're reconstructing and redesigning all the clinics so that they are 21st century, there is an aesthetic component. That's very important to patients coming in here, that there's the safest facility we can provide," he said.
So how do you renovate without disruption?
You bring in a temporary solution.
"On the outside it's five trailers put together, and its an investment of $250,000.'
"On the inside they have six doctors offices, 12 exam rooms, it's a state of the art facility.
It's a temporary fix for the big picture renovation.'
"We're getting this place prepared for the end of BRAC. It's huge a significant thing.'