The first satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Fort Belvoir (Belvoir, Va.) opens its doors for new patients beginning July 22.
The Fort Belvoir National Intrepid Center of Excellence will extend the services of the main NICoE facility at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to area service members and be the new home of TBI care at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
Funded and conceived by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Fort Belvoir NICoE satellite is the first of about seven to 10 satellite centers scheduled for construction over the next several years at some of the largest military deployment bases around the country. At 25,000 square feet, the NICoE satellite will serve about 600 service members each year.
“Our goal is to revolutionize the care model for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress through an innovative, inter-disciplinary care model for both the warrior and family to maximize functional ability and allow a productive return to military service or community,” said Heechin Chae, Traumatic Brain Injury Department chief at Belvoir hospital.
The facility will use an interdisciplinary approach to TBI rehabilitation, featuring a comprehensive team offering intensive diagnosis and treatment, according to Chae.
In addition to providing clinical care, the NICoE satellite conducts the critical mission of research and education in support of the main NICoE facility at Walter Reed. Healthcare providers at the satellite center will share information learned with the Walter Reed NICoE, which will aid in its ongoing research program to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of TBI, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related afflictions.