Fort Riley, Kansas



IACH welcomes new commander

By Tywanna Sparks | IACH PUBLIC AFFAIRS | August 14, 2014

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 leadership.

“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 nursing.

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