Kenner Army Health Clinic is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. (Lt. Col.) Robert Keith Lather as deputy commander for clinical services.
His responsibilities include oversight of all clinical activities relating to direct patient care, assuring the highest level of care, quality monitoring clinic-wide, developing new clinical programs and services to meet the needs of the Fort Lee community, and serving as liaison to the Kenner medical and nursing staff.
“We are very excited about Lt. Col. Lather’s appointment. Lt. Col. Lather’s individual professional experiences and expertise in emergency room care and respective areas of responsibility will rapidly carry Kenner Army Health Clinic forward into the planned future,” said KAHC officials.
Lather is no stranger to Kenner, and the local area having recently served as the chief of Primary Care at KAHC. Lather previously was assigned to Kenner from 1994 - 1998 at which time he served as chief, department of emergency medicine.
He comes from a long line of health care professionals, and is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
His decision to enter military service was inspired by his father, a dermatologist who previously served in the Public Health Service.
Lather completed an internship in internal medicine at Eisenhower Army Medical Center with subsequent training in emergency medicine at the University of Washington/Madigan Army Medical Center.
Previous duty assignments include clinic commander for the 150th Medical Detachment, Korea; battalion surgeon for the 407th FSB, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; assistant chief Department of Emergency Medicine, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg; and officer in charge of Flight Medical Clinic, Fort Eustis.
During Lather’s prior tenure, Kenner was undergoing significant downsizing related to Base Realignment and Closure.
“I am excited to be joining the Fort Lee community while it is growing. As opposed to when I left in 1996, Fort Lee is energized and filled with a sense of expectations of things to come relating to expansion with the latest BRAC,” said Lather.
His vision for Kenner is to expand the existing scope of services, accommodating for the influx of Soldiers, Family Members and retirees. Lather hopes to continue the exceptional work performed by the current Kenner command in preparing for the significant changes related to BRAC.
Lather is committed to ensuring Soldiers are “Fit to Fight” and medically ready for deployment. Lather and the Kenner staff will continue to develop a top notch Soldier readiness program, as well as a full spectrum of primary care services to support the Fort Lee community.
As part of Lather’s commitment to readiness for deployment, community members may see him maintaining his skills in his critical war-time specialty of an emergency physician by working at local emergency rooms.
Lather is married and the father of three elementary-age boys who attend Chesterfield County public schools.
Lather’s education and wealth of experience, along with his excellent patient care skills will be a tremendous asset to Kenner and its medical beneficiaries, according to KAHC officials.