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12 | MARCH 5, 2010 HOME OF THE BIG RED ONE
Weekly e-mail gives new parents tips IN BRIEF
Join Family and Morale, Wel-
fare and Recreation for dinner and
a movie at 6 p.m. March 11 at Ri-
By Nikia Simon
ley’s Conference Center. Riley’s chef
MEDDAC PUBLIC AFFAIRS
will create a menu to compliment
to boost area economy Expectant and new parents are of-
fered a weekly e-mail communica-
tion tool at Irwin Army Community
Hospital as a resource to guide them
the movie. Cost is $7.95 per person,
$3.95 for children ages 4 to 10 and
free for children 3 and younger.
Call 785-784-1000 to make your
By Col. Kevin Brown will continue to through pregnancy and parenting ex-
GARRISON COMMANDER grow. periences.
If you look USO Fort Riley hosts free No
“At a recent (video teleconference),
ort Riley and the Central Flint past the economic Dough Dinners before each pay
Irwin Army Community Hospital was
Hills Region welcomed the “Big impact, however, I day. Upcoming dinners will be from
recognized as being ranked second
Red One” home in 2006 after its think Fort Riley has 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 12 and 31
with patient use of (The Parent Re-
10-year stint in Germany. At the trans- contributed some- in Building 7856 off of Normandy
view) services out of 30 military medi-
fer of authority ceremony in August thing even greater Drive and Drum Street. For more
cal facilities with deliveries of 500 or
2006, Fort Riley was home to ap- to the Central information, visit www.uso.org/
more per year,” said Maj. Mark Ochoa,
proximately 12,000 Soldiers and 15,000 Col. Flint Hills Region fortriley.
IACH chief of obstetrics/gynecology
Family members, with a promise to the Brown – our Soldiers and clinic.
community more would follow. Families. Soldiers Teens are needed to participate
TPR allows the IACH team to de-
Fort Riley’s economic impact live by the Army Values of loyalty, duty, in a focus group from 3 to 6 p.m.
velop a richer, more supportive rela-
summary for 2009, which was just respect, selfless service, honor, integrity March 16 at the Middle School Teen
tionship with its patients. IACH
completed by our Plans, Analysis and and personal courage. Each of our Sol- Center. Free pizza will be served.
“TPR is a weekly update about An Irwin Army Community Hospital patient and expecting military
Integration Office, shows just what the diers has volunteered for service to their Anyone interested should contact
pregnancy designated especially for spouse, Sterena Seliger, attends Sandra Heigele’s, IACH complicat-
growth at Fort Riley has contributed to country. It takes a special person to do the Fort Riley Customer Service Of-
(IACH) patients,” said Sandra Heigele, ed OB nurse, education class on Feb. 24 at nine weeks of pregnancy.
the community in terms of money and this and those people are living in the ficer, Colleen Bay, at 785-239-2540
IACH complicated OB nurse. Seliger is expecting a baby boy in September.
population growth in the area. Central Flint Hills Region. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space
Patients can enroll with their OB ed Heigele’s education class on Feb. 24 clude week-by-week information on
In 2005, the year of the Base Re- Those values the Army and its is limited. The focus groups, a part
provider and start receiving weekly, at nine weeks of pregnancy. She is ex- fetal development, wellness tips and
alignment and Closure announcement Soldiers uphold are transferred to the of the Community First process,
customized information, news and pecting a baby boy in September. valuable resources. After the baby is
that the 1st Infantry Division would community when our Families volun- is designed to identify and resolve
parenting resources by e-mail. “I learned what (medications) I can born, messages offer child develop-
return to Fort Riley, we had 10,060 Sol- teer in schools and churches, with scouts issues that address the well-being of
Anytime after seven weeks of preg- and can’t take, warning signs and how ment information, practical tips on
diers and 12,714 Family members living and for other community organizations. the Army Family. The intent of the
nancy, patients are encouraged to to watch my weight during my preg- baby care, health and safety, and other
on and off post. As of Sept. 30, 2009, Since such a small percentage of our focus group is to identify and discuss
schedule an OB education appoint- nancy. Everything was very informa- topics of special interest to new par-
that number was at 18,458 Soldiers population volunteers for service, our service support programs on the in-
ment with Heigele, where they receive tive,” Seliger said. ents.
and 22,453 Family members. That’s up community members get a chance to stallation that affect group members’
their first opportunity to sign up for Messages are personalized accord- Heigele facilitates open communi-
almost 6,000 people from 2008. say something that many in our country everyday lives. It is not meant to be
the e-mail service. ing to the patient’s due date and con- cation and answers patient questions
Since 2008, Fort Riley has added 61 can’t, “I know a U.S. Solider.” Those a complaint session, but a time and
“(Patients) can sign up for (TPR) tinue through the third year of the by e-mail on a daily basis.
Family quarters for officers, 94 Fam- Soldiers helping build communities in place to bring up issues that can be
anytime after eight weeks of pregnan- baby’s life. The e-mails also provide “I am looking forward to the e-
ily quarters for enlisted Soldiers and Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t just Soldiers; resolved by the garrison commander
cy, and it continues until their child brief reviews of the latest research on mails so I can know how the baby
just more than 1,500 barracks spaces. they are our neighbors. Our children or issues that need to be forwarded
turns 3 years old,” Heigele said. pregnancy and newborn issues in an should be developing,” Seliger said.
That gives Fort Riley a total of 11,176 play baseball together. Our Families through the Army Family Action
An IACH patient and expecting easy-to-understand format. For additional information on TPR,
quarters to house its Soldiers and Family support each other. Plan process.
military spouse, Serena Seliger, attend- During pregnancy, the messages in- contact Heigele at 785-239-7736.
members. The rest of our Soldiers and Besides the everyday interactions of
Families move into the Central Flint our Soldiers, Families and community
Hills Region, which is made up of members, our units have partnered with
the seven counties surrounding post. towns across the Central Flint Hills
Besides our Soldiers and their Families, Region. From these partnerships, our If you would like to comment or
Fort Riley employs more than 8,500 communities have built relationships suggest a topic for the Community
civilians who work to support our mis- with units and our Soldiers have often Corner, send an e-mail to rile.post.
sion. learned civic lessons to take with them email@example.com.
Within those seven counties, Fort when they deploy to help build com-
Riley’s Soldiers, Family members and munities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
civilians live, work, relax and shop. Many Soldiers and Families ac-
Overall, Fort Riley has had a total direct knowledge Fort Riley as their favorite
economic impact of almost $2.1 billion. duty assignment. The reason for this
While the largest chunk, $1.4 billion, of is because of the great communities
that fell into the payroll category, almost around the installation and the great
$293 million was spent on supplies, relationships our Soldiers, Families and
services and contracts. Almost $232 civilians have within those communi-
million went into construction, just ties. As we continue to work together,
more than $18 million for education economically and personally, within the
and around $80 million for health care. Central Flint Hills Region, more and
Compare last year’s economic impact more Soldiers will want to call Kansas
to that of 2008 and there has been a home while on active duty and after.
growth of more than $230 million. That View the 2009 Economic Impact
is a lot of money and as we continue to Summary at www.riley.army.mil under
see growth at Fort Riley, that number the “Our Post” at the top of the page.
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