Moncrief Army Community Hospital will begin transitioning to an Army Health Clinic, discontinuing inpatient medical and behavioral health services, on June 15, Fort Jackson officials announced Tuesday.
Moncrief spokesman Nicholas Spinelli said 74 civilian physicians, nurses and medical technicians will be affected by the change. All are either accepting early retirement or buyouts or are expected to transfer to other positions at the clinic.
"No one is being fired," he said.
The 24-bed hospital has 1,045 civilian and military workers, Spinelli said.
"The health and wellness of all of our beneficiaries are extremely important to us," Col. Traci E. Crawford, Moncrief commander, said in the press release. "Moncrief will continue to provide full-service primary care to all eligible Fort Jackson beneficiaries, including active duty service members, soldiers in training, family members and community retirees."
Moncrief beneficiaries will also continue to receive and have access to inpatient and operative services at local TRICARE network hospitals or at nearby military hospitals such as Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., the release said, adding that those facilities already provide inpatient and surgical care for higher complexity cases that cannot be performed at Moncrief.
"I want all our beneficiaries to know that…