COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Defense Supply Center – Columbus has selected U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, a leading operator of occupational healthcare and urgent care medical centers, to operate two on-site health centers for their employees.
Through this program, U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group will be responsible for providing medical services to over 6,500 people; both civilian employees as well as active military personnel.
The comprehensive medical services to be provided include health and wellness training. Interactive health awareness event programs, injury and illness assessment and treatment, vaccinations, medical surveillance exams, pre-employment exams and testing as well as physical exams for military personnel about to be deployed.
“We are excited to partner with DSCC to provide high-quality, on-site healthcare for employees,” said Dr. Thomas Hadley, Regional Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks. U.S. HealthWorks, which operates six other medical centers throughout Ohio, began serving employees on Oct. 25.
With 169 centers and worksite locations in 15 states and 2,700 employees – including approximately 600 medical providers – U.S. HealthWorks centers serve over 10,000 patients each day throughout the country.
About U.S. HealthWorks
Based in Valencia, Calif., U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group was founded in 1995. With 169 centers and worksite locations in 15 states and 2,700 employees – including approximately 600 medical providers – U.S. HealthWorks centers serve over 10,000 patients each day throughout the country. U.S. HealthWorks helps employers control work-related injury costs through quality medical care and effective management of claims and lost work time. It specializes in early-return-to-work programs, injury prevention and wellness programs.
This center, now called the Defense Supply Center Columbus, has served in every major military engagement since World War I. America's production effort in World War I arrived at an impasse in 1918 when transportation lines to ports of embarkation for troops and materials became filled to capacity. There was a clear need for a new military depot and although the Columbus site was a combination of swamp and farmland, it was advantageous because it afforded immediate access to three important railroad lines. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps made the first purchase of land, 281 acres, to construct a government military installation in April, 1918. Warehouse construction began in May of that year, and by August, six warehouses were receiving materiel for storage. Those original warehouses remained in use through the 1990s, but were demolished in 2000.
After WWI the installation's operations were reduced to the conditioning and sale of the stockpiles of materiel which had been needed in wartime. At the start of WWII, acquisition of additional acreage almost doubled the size of the installation as the civilian workforce rose to well over 10,000. This expansion made the Columbus Quartermaster Depot, as it was then known, the largest and busiest military supply installation in the world. During the final 11 months of the war, the depot housed more than 400 German prisoners of war.
Amidst the wars, the conflicts and humanitarian relief efforts, the men and women of the installation worked continuously to establish direct and fast moving supply lines to support our troops in all parts of the world.
The installation's operational activities were assigned to the U.S. Army Supply and Maintenance Command in July 1962. The following year, it became the Defense Construction Supply Center under what is presently known as the Defense Logistics Agency.
DEFENSE SUPPLY CENTER COLUMBUS TODAY
In January 1996 the Defense Construction Supply Center was merged with the Defense Electronics Supply Center formerly of Dayton, Ohio, to arrive at its 14th name change, the Defense Supply Center Columbus.
The Center's 1996 reorganization was a product of the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's ordered merger. Decisions made during BRAC 1995 transitioned the center to a total weapon systems management posture.
The BRAC 2005 Commission noted that the Defense Supply Center Columbus had the ability to expand and take on new missions. These changes had a positive impact on the procurement landscape at Defense Supply Center Columbus, and are part of an ongoing process.
Today, the Defense Supply Center Columbus is host to 26 tenant organizations on the 530-acre site. DLA Land and Maritime continues to have a profound impact on national defense by supplying the armed forces with $3 billion worth of materiel annually.