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OF EVANS ARMY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
hospital at Fort Carson was erected in 1942.
The basic physical facilities consisted of 57 two-story buildings and
connecting covered corridors of cement block construction.
The hospital was designed for a normal bed capacity of 1,726 and an
expansion capability to a total of 2,000.
In July 1942, the hospital was organized as a Station Hospital and the
bed authorization varied from 600 to 1,200, contingent upon the fluctuation in
In September 1944, it was activated as a Convalescent Hospital.
This facility and the Station Hospital already in existence provided
treatment for an average of 4,500 patients.
In April 1945, it was redesignated a Hospital Center and was comprised of
a General Hospital Center and the Convalescent Hospital.
The patient load gradually diminished and by 1 March 1946 the General
Hospital and the Convalescent Hospital were inactivated and the Station
Hospital, of the type that now exists came into being.
The bed authorization was 400.
May 1946, the Veterans Administration contracted for 100 of the Station
The need for bed capacity decreased after the cessation of hostilities in
World War II, and by July 1947 the requirement for the Veterans Administration
contract beds was eliminated and the Station Hospital was reduced to 100
This level remained in effect during 1948 and 1949.
bed capacity of the hospital was increased to 400, concomitant with the Korean
conflict in July 1950.
In February 1951 it was designated a Specialized Treatment Center for
Orthopedic, Psychiatric and Neurologic cases, and in early 1952 the additional
mission of a Specialized Treatment Center for Tuberculosis was added.
The need for specialization diminished gradually and only the mission of
a Station Hospital existed by 1 March 1954. The mission remained the same until
April 1968, at which time the hospital was given the additional responsibility
of providing care for Republic of Vietnam returnees. The bed capacity was
increased to 340 on 1 October 1968.
1970 planning began for the new Fort Carson Hospital.
In 1986 the name was changed to Evans Army Community Hospital and
occupancy of this facility took place.
Army Community Hospital is named in honor of Specialist Four Donald W. Evans,
Jr., a member of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
Specialist Evans was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Tri Tam,
Republic of Vietnam, where he gave his life while administering medical aid to
his fellow soldiers.
hospital is comprised of two distinct buildings separated by a glassed Commons
five-story Tower at the front of the hospital houses all Inpatient Units, the
Operating Suite, the Delivery Suite, Nursery, Radiology, Occupational Therapy,
Physical Therapy, Emergency Room, and the Nutrition Care Division.
The two-story Clinic Building contains all Outpatient Clinics, the
Command Suite, and other administrative support functions.
The Commons Area, which provides the main entries into the building, also
houses patient service activities such as Outpatient Records, Outpatient
Pharmacy, Admissions and Dispositions, Hospital Treasurer, PX, Barber Shop and
hospital was first accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations in October 1954.
Subsequent surveys have reaffirmed the accreditation status with Evans
placing in the top 10% of all healthcare organizations in the country during its
most recent accreditation.
The hospital is a member of the American Hospital Association, American Association of Blood Banks, certified by the College of American Pathologists, and the Cancer Registry Program, approved by the American College of Surgeons.
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