In an emergency, the U.S. Army has a network of reserve medical units that can be called into action; the units are organized into a series of bases around the country. The largest is based in San Pablo, Calif. — and led by a Baylor Bear.
Col. Robert Reeder, MHA ’94, earned his master’s in health care administration through the joint Army-Baylor graduate program at Fort Sam Houston. Reeder spent 11 years in the U.S. army before transitioning into the reserves and entering the world of hospital administration; in his day job, Reeder is CEO and administrator of Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata, Wash.
That means Reeder heads up a 54-bed general hospital during the week, then leads the Western Medical Area Readiness Support Group and its three combat support hospitals (plus ambulance, dental and logistical battalions) on weekends. His three-year tour in this position will take Reeder up to an even 30 years in the Army, after which he plans to retire.
Sic ’em, Col. Reeder!
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