MAJ Lance Kunz
SFC Parlee Benson
The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Pediatric Clinic's mission is to provide comprehensive medical care to active duty family members ages 18 and under in an atmosphere promoting comfort and well-being. From newborn services to adolescent medicine we strive to promote wellness for all children within the Fort Hood family.
Main: (254) 286-7700
FAX: (254) 286-7578
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|31st and Battalion
Fort Hood, Texas 76544
Welcome to the Pediatric Clinic. The Clinic, located next to Bennett in building 421, serves the infants and children, from birth to 18 years, of soldiers assigned to Fort Hood, as well as military retirees and their families. Children with special health problems are enrolled in the Pediatric Clinic. Children without special health problems are cared for in their family's Primary Care Clinic. The Clinic's phone numbers are 286-7700.
Pediatric Clinic Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends and Federal Holidays: Closed, use Pediatric Weekend Acute Care.
TRICARE - Your Military Health Plan
Your child was enrolled in the Pediatric Clinic because of special health problems. When you enrolled in Prime at the TRICARE Service Center, your child was given a Primary Care Manager (PCM) by name. The Patient Appointment Service (288-8888) will always attempt to give you an appointment with your child's PCM. When the physician is deployed or otherwise unavailable, appointments will generally be with a member of the Primary Care Manager's team.
TRICARE is the source of health care for all military beneficiaries. It is free for active duty personnel and their families. Although you have access to the best health care in the world, there are some important restrictions. Please be sure to read your TRICARE information given to you at the TRICARE Service Center. It provides you with important information about your responsibilities when you seek health care from sources other than military facilities and your responsibilities when you are away from Fort Hood and need health care.
Eligibility For health Care
Your and your children's eligibility for health care is determined by the information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Although TRICARE Prime is free for family members of active duty, if information is not current in this database, you may be responsible for some health care expenses. Your active-duty spouse can update DEERS information at the Copeland Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 18010, the ID card processing section, on Fort Hood. Newborn babies can be enrolled in DEERS as soon as they are born. Just take a copy of the certificate of birth from Darnall Medical Center to your sponsor's Personnel Action Center or the Copeland Soldier Service Center.
A baby or a child must have an ID card when he or she turns age 10, when both parents are in the military service, or when single parents leave children with family members or friends because of deployments.
Getting Health Care
For chronic medical conditions or routine care and follow-up, schedule appointments in advance through the Patient Appointment Service at 288-8888. If you need to speak with your child's PCM, call the Pediatric Clinic and leave a message.
Please call the Patient Appointment Service, 288-8888, when you need a same-day appointment for a sick child. If no appointments are available for that day, please leave a message for the Triage Doctor. The doctor will return your call, assess your child's situation, and assist you in getting an appointment, if needed. Darnall Pediatric Clinic cannot accommodate walk-ins. If you feel that your child has an emergency and cannot wait for a return call, please take your child to the Emergency Department or call 911.
The Pediatric Clinic is closed on weekends and Federal Holidays. The Weekend Acute Care service is available.
The Pediatric Clinic offers the following services:
Exceptional Family Member Program
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
School & Sports Physicals
Well Baby Clinic
page last modified on: 5/7/2013