Photo by Sgt. Roshan Bhattachan from the Andrew Rader Clinic (From left to right) Capt. Charles Rettig, Andrew Health Clinic chief of physical therapy, Lt. Col. Jessica Milloy, the commander of Andrew Rader Health Clinic, and Michael Cossett, AWC health educator, cut the ribbon of the Army Wellness Center Wednesday. 

Rader Health Clinic opens Army Wellness Center

On Wednesday, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic celebrated the opening of its satellite Army Wellness Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

During the ceremony, Rader Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Jessica Milloy highlighted the yearlong effort to establish this clinic and services.

“The opening of the clinic (is) a big deal (because) the services are vital in support of Soldier readiness and overall health and wellness for our beneficiaries and (Department of Defense) civilians,” she said.

The leaders at the clinic also thanked their higher headquarters at Fort George G. Meade U.S. Army Medical Activity Department for working with the JBM-HH Garrison to extend these valuable and vital services to their patients, community and DOD civilians.

Along with the many services already provided at Rader Clinic, the addition of the AWC services will bring increased opportunities for health and wellness coaching, classes and assessments. The services will include health coaching, wellness classes, body composition, metabolic and fitness testing. Coaching and class topics include nutrition, tobacco education, goal setting, healthy sleep habits and many more.

The AWCs provide programs and services that improve and sustain health, performance and readiness of the Total Army delivered by highly trained health professionals, according to the Army Public Health Center. The AWCs are an actionable platform delivering evidence based programs that improve individual and unit readiness, utilizing mobile advanced testing technology, providing immediate feedback to improve Soldier readiness delivered by highly trained health and human performance professionals.

AWC and Army units

· Improve unit readiness and support physical fitness standards by targeting the physical fitness and performance of Soldiers.

· Provide programs and services that improve musculoskeletal injury risk factors and directly increase the readiness of Soldiers.

Reduce lost and limited-duty time due to injury.

AWC and medical providers

· Provide a tool to address lifestyle behaviors holistically and over time.

· Programs are evidence-based and leverage technology to help clients succeed.

Allow for medical provider direction and oversight of patient progress through AHLTA documentation and PCMH integration.

AWC and individuals 

· Individuals set the goals; the AWC staff puts them on the path to achieving them and walks the path with them.

Programs are individualized to address a person’s current needs, motivation and confidence level.

How the AWC works

· The AWC is a U.S. Army Medical Command initiative overseen by the Army Public Health Center.

· The AWC is staffed by health educators who deliver primary prevention programs. (Primary prevention occurs before disease, injury or disability occurs.)

Referrals can be made to AWC by medical providers or unit commanders. Self-referrals are always welcome and can be made by contacting AWC directly.

For more information about Rader Clinic’s AWC, call (301) 677-2006 to schedule an appointment.