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1. Due to a temporary OBGYN nurse staffing shortage, Weed Army Community Hospital’s Women’s Health Clinic is offering an alternative for pregnant women who wish to obtain their OB care and delivery in the community.  Women who believe they are in labor or have specific health concerns about their pregnancy may come to WACH to be evaluated. Expectant mothers who come to WACH in active labor will not be required to seek medical care elsewhere. The safety of our patients is a priority. Anyone interested in more information on this opportunity may pick up packets at the WACH Women’s Health Clinic.

2. Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) is now taking applications from members of our military community interested in helping us improve the healthcare experience for everyone. WACH’s Patient and Family Advisory Council is comprised of volunteer retirees, beneficiaries, Active Duty Soldiers and/or their family members from all tenet commands at Fort Irwin and WACH staff members who meet to improve the community hospital’s programs and overall quality and safety. Advisors devote two or more volunteer hours per month. They share insights and experiences in productive ways; see beyond their own personal experiences; respect diversity and differing opinions; collaborate on solutions; and are passionate about enhancing the healthcare experience. If you are interested in joining WACH’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, please contact (760) 383-5099 for more information.

3. Interested in a job at Weed Army Community Hospital? We are always hiring! Please visit https://www.usajobs.gov/ for a list of open Army Medical Command positions at Fort Irwin. Don’t forget to visit the WACH booth at the upcoming Nursing Job Fair during NTC Oktoberfest to help us fill critical nursing positions. We hope to see you there!

4. Please be advised that the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) has moved from Bldg. 183 on 5th Street, to the Weed Army Community Hospital Behavioral Health Department (3rd floor), Bldg. 390 on North Loop Road. The hospital’s after-hours building access will be at the Emergency Room from 7:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. Proceed to the Emergency Room entrance for care or any information during these hours.

5. There is still time to provide your feedback! Weed Army Community Hospital is gathering information about patient experiences with making appointments at the hospital.  The link below will guide the Fort Irwin Community to an anonymous survey designed to collect data about the ease of scheduling appointments.  This data will help improve the customer appointment scheduling experience.  The survey only takes about two minutes to complete and is open now until Oct. 13, 2010. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBSZJGD