FAMU Army ROTC hosts Allied Health Day

Courtesy of Geneia Holman

Florida A&M University’s Army ROTC program hosted their inaugural Allied Health Day, where they displayed an Army Field Hospital Wednesday in Howard Hall on FAMU’s campus.

An Army Field Hospital is a small mobile medical unit designed to treat soldiers immediately during disasters or major accidents. It provides wounded soldiers with immediate access to lifesaving trauma stabilization.

Community members, faculty and students were able to tour the Army Field Hospital where surgical equipment, anesthesia machines, oxygen tanks and gurneys were displayed.

This event helped individuals understand how important Army Field Hospitals are and how they assist in saving the lives of many soldiers.

Sgt. Thomas Fortner, Health Care Medic for 14 years in the U.S. Army, works alongside recruiters to spread awareness and significance of the Army Field Hospitals.

“I travel all over the United States of America and show this and set this up,” Fortner said.

Fortner expressed the importance of allowing the community to see something like the Army Field Hospital.

“I believe it's good for them to see what exactly we do. They know that there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, soldiers getting hurt. It’s nice for them to know what we’re doing to help them,” Fortner said.

Jade Bailey, high school senior and Medical Logistics Specialist is also enlisted in the U.S. Army’s active duty. She expressed the importance of allowing the community to see this.

“I think it is important for people to understand what’s happening and what’s going on in the medical field,” Bailey said. “It's good for them to understand what’s going on in these facilities.”

A suture class was also offered for individuals to get hands on training with stitches at the Allied Health Day event.