By Robyn Mack
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
Staff at the U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart were recognized for their commitment to safety during a ceremony Jan. 25 on Patch Barracks.
The clinic was notified in September of the Voluntary Protection Program Army Safety Excellence Star certification, but postponed the Army Star Strong Flag ceremony so it could be held in the newly renovated facility.
Bavaria Health Command commander, Col. David Richardson said, “The flag represents years of hard work, and a legacy to be truly proud of.”
The VPP program is designed to reduce accidents by building a safety-conscious culture in the workplace through the implementation of safety practices and procedures.
“This is about our staff members and their commitment to patient care,” said Col. Patrick Grady, Stuttgart clinic commander. “This clinic doesn’t settle, ever. It strives for excellence in everything it does.”
“Star site ready to go,” proclaimed Thomas K. Zirkelbach, safety manager from the clinic’s parent BHC. “You are in good company, joining other Star sites like NASA, GE Health, Lockheed Martin, and Pratt and Whitney, to name a few.”
Achieving star status requires three stages of assessments focused on management leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training.
“It marks this clinic as an exemplary worksite with a comprehensive, successful safety and health management system that exceeds requirements at all levels,” said the clinic’s executive officer, Maj. Lisa Dennis, during opening remarks. “Every member of our clinic will be recognized for their dedication and commitment to staff and patient safety.”
Stuttgart is the newest clinic in the BHC, joining the group in 2014. The clinic serves more than 10,000 community members.