STG International Inc. of Alexandria won a contract worth up to $7 million to provide physicians and physical therapists to the military's Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade.

Kimbrough is the headquarters of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, which provides outpatient medical care to active-duty and retired military personnel and their families enrolled in the Tricare military health-services program.

Kimbrough serves about 50,000 people and includes seven health care clinics in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It is part of the Walter Reed Health Care System.

The contract is for three months with four one-year options. STG International is to provide family practice physicians, internal medicine physicians, pediatricians and physical therapists. The contract took effect July 1, when the company placed seven physicians and two physical therapists at Kimbrough.

"There's a big push in the Army to bring care to the patients rather than make them come to the major medical centers," said Pat Murphy, the company's director of medical staffing.

Medical staffing services is a rapidly growing business for contractors like STG International, and government spending for these services has about doubled every year over the last five years, he said.

STG International's revenue also has grown, jumping to $33 million in 2004 from $22 million in 2003. In 2002, it had $6.9 million in revenue, said Michelle Lee, STG International's founder, president and chief executive officer. The company says it is certified by the Small Business Administration as a woman-owned small business.

Medical care contracts have helped fuel the company's growth.

Last year, STG International began operating the radiation therapy program at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Since October, it has run the occupational health clinic at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The company delivers occupational health staffing to federal and military personnel under a five-year, $120.7 million contract, awarded in December by the Department of Health and Human Services.

STG International provides medical staffing for illegal immigrants held in federal detention centers under a $55 million contract for the Division of Immigration Health Services, Lee said.

The company also has a contract to recruit 1,500 post-doctoral fellows and scientists specializing in bioterrorism threats to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Murphy said.

The company is competing for eight contracts for medical outsourcing services for the Navy, Murphy said.

Working on military and government installations is an attractive alternative for medical personnel "because the military spares no expense to get the finest care," Murphy said.

"The military families probably get more intensive care and twice as much attention on primary care visits," compared with health care in the private sector, he said, and the Army "leads the pack in digital technology in medicine."

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to

Michelle Lee and Pat Murphy lead STG International's medical staff services.