Fort Hood Intrepid Center ushers new era of careFort Hood Intrepid Center ushers new era of carehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=119492016-02-04T06:00:00Z2016-02-04T19:05:00Z

​FORT HOOD - Soldiers being treated for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder now have a new home for treatment at The Great Place.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Center at Fort Hood opened its doors to patients for the first time January 11, ushering in a new era of care on post.

The 25,000-sf facility includes state-of-the-art technology, a fully functioning gym, a meditation area, group session rooms, an outdoor patio and a staff of health care and mental health professionals, all to offer a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to treating TBI, PTSD and other conditions.

It is the fifth of its kind on military installations across the country, all part of a joint effort by the government and the private sector.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit organization, donated $11 million to Fort Hood’s Intrepid Center.

Treatment at the new center is individualized, based on each soldier’s specific needs, and includes outpatient care, as well as a six-week intensive outpatient program. 

Treatment covers four distinct areas: medical, pain, behavioral health and rehabilitation.

Every detail of the building is designed with the patient in mind, from a daily living skills center, which helps soldiers with TBI relearn some of the basic skills their injuries might have hindered, such as cooking and doing laundry, to a firearms simulator for practicing some of their soldiering skills.

The patients also take time to focus on their physical well-being through daily exercise, similar to what they would experience each day with their units.

The Intrepid Center is located on post at the corner of Santa Fe Ave. and 58th St., near the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in April.

Outside the building sits a ring-shaped monument, which is broken at the bottom: a symbol.

“It symbolizes that no matter what the soldier has been through, they may be broken, but they’re still standing, and able to heal. It really symbolizes hope,” said Christopher Miller, chief nursing officer at the Intrepid Center.​

An official opening for the facility will be March 9, 2016.
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