By Rod Powers
There are no hospital facilities on Fort Drum. Inpatient medical care and emergency medical care is provided at civilian hospitals near Fort Drum. The closest emergency room to Fort Drum is located in Watertown at Samaritan Medical Center, 830 Washington Street.
Fort Drum has three medical facilities where care is provided: Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic which treats Soldiers, retirees and Family members; Connor Troop Medical Clinic (CTMC)which treats all division/garrison Soldiers and Aviation Troop Medical Clinic (ATMC) that treats all aviation troops.
Medical care services on Fort Drum are offered on a priority basis. Priority for care is given to those enrolled in Tricare Prime with first priority for care to active duty military. Second priority is to Family members of active duty, with retired military and Family members of retired military following in eligibility.. All patients not enrolled in Tricare Prime may be seen on a space-available basis only. Appointments can be made by calling 315-772-2778 or DSN 312-772-2778.
To be eligible for care, beneficiaries must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and present a valid military ID card when signing into the clinic. Many health care needs can be taken care of on post; for those that cannot, a referral may be required - contact the TRICARE office prior to making any appointments with an off post provider. Failure to do so could result in unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses.
On post, routine dental care services are available to active duty military only. Only emergency dental care is offered to other eligible individuals.