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Release No: 084-00
February 22, 2000

PENTAGON OPENS FIRST TRICARE CLINIC

Dr. Sue Bailey, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, today hosted a Grand Opening ceremony for the first-ever TRICARE clinic.

The clinic was named to recognize the outstanding career of Col. Anthony DiLorenzo. Having commanded the clinic for 25 years, DiLorenzo established the clinic's reputation for professional dedication and compassion.

The DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic cares for approximately 11,000 TRICARE Prime patients, who are mostly active duty Servicemembers assigned to the Pentagon. Also, this clinic has the responsibility to provide pharmacy services to our defense attaches and Marine guards at 205 US embassies and consulates worldwide.

The new $14 million clinic is unique in that it is the first military clinic to be staffed by members of all military medical services and named a TRICARE clinic. The clinic houses state-of-the-art biomedical equipment including digital radiology, dental digital radiology, automated optometry, a point-of-use information system for tracking and managing medical supplies, and the latest in pharmacy equipment. This equipment will dramatically improve the quality of care for patients, facilitate its delivery and reduces the time of treatment.

"The DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic is a model facility for all of our medical treatment facilities throughout the Military Health System," said Bailey.

The Pentagon's civilian occupational health clinic and the Fit to Win clinic will be located in the 50,000-square-foot clinic thus affording better use of personnel resources and enhancing the capabilities on hand to treat all Pentagon employees. The expanded dental clinic, now 30 chairs, will do away with the need for Navy and Air Force personnel to leave the Pentagon for dental appointments at Bolling Air Force Base, Arlington Annex or the Navy Yard.

The clinic is scheduled to begin seeing patients on March 13.