U.S. Army Medical Department Activity opened the Ireland Army Health Clinic at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 21, 2020. For the LMI team that contributed to the initial outfitting, transition, and activation (IOT&A) of the clinic, the ceremony was also a homecoming.
Project manager Richard Carnes, clinical transition planner Deb Savage, and logistician Mike Franklin all served at the predecessor facility, Ireland Army Community Hospital (IACH), during their respective Army tenures. Their expertise and familiarity ensured deadlines were met—and ribbons were cut on time.
That comfort level allowed Carnes to make bold decisions to keep the project on schedule, like beginning installation of 8,500 pieces of furniture, fixtures, and medical equipment while construction continued elsewhere in the 101,000-square-foot facility. Six months of outfitting was completed in three. “We had multiple vendors on site at the same time and we worked with the general contractor to ensure outfitting did not interfere with what they were doing,” he said.