Soldiers and civilians with
Irwin Army Community Hospital officially welcomed Col. Risa Ware and bid
farewell to Col. Barry R. Pockrandt during a change of command ceremony July 16
at Cavalry Parade Field.
Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, commanding
general, Western Regional Medical Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord,
Washington, presided over the ceremony.
In a traditional act that represents
a symbolic transfer of leadership, Medical Department Activity colors were
passed from Pockrandt to Ware, who will now lead IACH’s Soldiers and civilians in
providing health care to the Fort Riley community.
During the ceremony, Cho informed
those in attendance of the many accomplishments the command has had under Pockrandt’s
“I have seen, first-hand, Barry’s
commitment to patient safety and quality care,” Cho said. “As a result of his
commitment, all patient-centered medical homes on Fort Riley have earned
National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition. Also, Barry’s leadership style
and strong support of the Army Medicine’s Safety program resulted in IACH’s medical
company and (Company B, Warrior Transition Battalion), earning the Safety Excellence
Streamer in 2013 and 2014, he said.
Cho also said Pockrandt is an
ambassador for Army Medicine and thanked him for his passion and taking care of
his patients and staff.
While turning his attention
to the new commander, Cho said: “Col. Ware is equally capable and passionate
about what she does. If you ask her what she gets excited about, she’ll tell
you it’s taking care of American Soldiers and their family members. I am
confident she will take this organization to new heights.”
Pockrandt thanked the IACH
staff for their courage and strength during difficult times, which included
furloughs and loss of personnel.
“(The IACH team) responded to
the changing environment and improved performance and increased productivity,
while providing outstanding care,” he said. “I am very proud of our staff.”
Pockrandt has been the IACH
commander since July 2012 and is departing for a new assignment as the chief of
staff for Fort Belvoir Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Ware served as the deputy commander
for nursing Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a family
nurse practitioner and is consultant to the Office of the Surgeon for pediatric