Fort Campbell Seeking Psychiatrists, 48 Needed

Jun 7, 2012

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.  -- The U.S. Army hospital at Fort Campbell has expanded its search for psychiatrists as most newly created jobs remain unfilled.

The Army post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line is putting out an urgent call for applicants and expanding its search beyond the immediate area of Fort Campbell and surrounding communities, The Leaf-Chronicle reported.

The post is trying to fill positions created by their new Embedded Behavioral Health Program, which will put a 13 person team in each of the 101st Airborne Division's four combat brigades. Of the 52 positions created by that new program, 48 remain unfilled.

"If people want to serve and help the nation, fill out an application," said Lt. Col. Marla Hemphill, a psychiatrist who heads the Behavioral Health Department at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

But Fort Campbell isn't alone in seeking candidates for behavioral health positions, as there is a nationwide shortage, Hemphill said.

"People are going to go where they want to go, but we need to let them know we have jobs here."

The greatest need is for clinical psychiatrists, said one of the post's psychiatrists, Maj. Joe Wise. "We'd love to have a flood of interest from clinical psychiatrists," he said, "but we're still recruiting and waiting."

On the USA Jobs website, the psychiatrist postings at Fort Campbell offered salaries starting at $96,000 up to $195,000. Competitive benefits packages are included and relocation expenses are paid up to 25 percent of salary.

Also three social work positions for child and adolescent psychiatry and a social work position at the battalion for wounded and recovering soldiers are about to be opened, said Laura Boyd, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

She encouraged applicants to continue to check as positions continue to be posted.