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395th Combat Hospital Unit Recognition and Reunion
Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus
Monday, December 14
Judy Strycek, RN, had no idea she would be spearheading an army training program when she joined the 395th combat hospital unit in 1976. “When I joined the unit, I soon learned that one of biggest concerns was how to provide medical training for these individuals that one day may have to treat patients in a combat zone. Basic skills like dressing a wound, taking vitals and how to interact with patients needed to be practiced and mastered.” Judy had been working as a House Supervisor at Methodist Hospitals since 1975. She approached the hospital administration about starting a relationship with the army and allowing the members of the 395th combat hospital unit to train at the hospital.
The hospital administration agreed to the program and appointed Judy the coordinator. The army also saw this as an opportunity to increase their positive public and community relations by working with individuals in the community. Members of the unit were assigned to report to Nursing Services once a month where they would then be assigned to a unit based on their skill sets. “It was a great program. In addition to the clinical training, members of the unit also had classroom training and tests they had to pass.” Stated Judy. She was also in charge of the classroom training.
The unit was based in Gary, IN and active until the mid 1980’s when it was finally deactivated. There are several members still in the area that actively stay in touch. Over 20 members of the 395th Combat Hospital Unit will be reuniting on Monday, December 14th at the Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus to discuss their common history and present the hospital with a plaque in recognition of the partnership.
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