Fallen Army PA to Be Honored Today at Fort Campbell
When an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on March 4, 2005, Army Capt. Sean Grimes became the first PA to be killed in that conflict.
Now, Capt. Grimes’ sacrifice for his country is being recognized today at Fort Campbell, Ky., where a training center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) is being named in his honor. BACH is a clinical rotation site for the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP), headquartered at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio.
From Clarksville (Tenn.) Online:
"The Grimes family graciously donated a portion of his life insurance benefits to establish scholarships for other Soldiers continuing in the Physician Assistant and nursing fields …," said IPAP Clinical Coordinator for BACH Donald Black. "This classroom will allow PA students to expand their medical knowledge in a group setting after their clinical rotations at BACH."
According to Nashville’s WZTV Fox 17,
since IPAP began, more than 400 PAs have trained at BACH, one of the Defense Department's largest training sites.
Here are links to ADVANCE's past coverage of Capt. Grimes’ death:
• From the ADVANCE Blog for PAs, March 9, 2005 (scroll down to "Military PA Killed in Iraq")
• News item from the April 2005 issue of ADVANCE for Physician Assistants
• Michael Gerchufsky’s editorial from the April 2005 issue of ADVANCE for Physician Assistants
• Letters to the editor from PAs in the September 2005 issue of ADVANCE for Physician Assistants