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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Safety Message 2013

    Jan 17, 2013

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates Dr. King's life, his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his enduring legacy. Dr. King employed nonviolent means to bring about social change and the promise of equality for all Americans. His promotion of public service drove Americans to action in the courageous struggle for equality in America. The journey from civil rights to civic responsibility is our manifest destiny as a Nation.

  • Lyster consolidates flight-status Soldiers into 1 medical team

    Jan 17, 2013

    Lyster Army Health Clinic recently consolidated all flight-status Soldiers into one flight-centered medical home -- Team Respect.

  • Post hospital still offering flu vaccination

    Jan 17, 2013

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- The flu season has made its presence known, but there is still time to protect yourself. "This has been a moderately severe season so far, yet no worse than other moderately severe seasons we've had in the past," said Maj. Nathan Teague, chief of Preventive Medicine for Reynolds Army Community Hospital.

  • David Grossman: combat makes Soldiers stronger

    Jan 17, 2013

    Retired Lt. Col. David Grossman has a message for Soldiers. "You must believe that combat will make you stronger," he said, addressing hundreds of engineers from the 4th Engineer Battalion, behavioral health specialists and cadets from the Colorado Springs Police Department during his Jan. 9 "Bullet-proof mind" seminar.

  • Avoid the flu before it gets you

    Jan 17, 2013

    You really can avoid the flu this year, and help those around you from getting it too. Successfully avoiding the flu involves getting immunized. And getting someone to get an immunization involves successful and effective communication. You may have been the target of a specific, proven, time-tested communication technique involving truth and logic in the past without even knowing it. The key to this communication method's success is in the unfolding of understanding. The unfolding understanding facts, in this case, about the need for getting the influenza vaccination.

  • So what's the big deal about hand-washing?

    Jan 16, 2013

    It's easy to wash your hands, but also easy to do it wrong, or ineffectively. Proper hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of illness and disease. Documented studies show that normal human skin is colonized with two types of bacteria. One is the resident germ that works to keep you healthy; the other is the transient germ that's picked up from others and can cause you to get sick. Performing hand hygiene removes germs through friction. You can perform hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or by using an alcohol hand sanitizer.

  • 14 SRMC Clinics Reach Level 3 NCQA Recognition

    Jan 16, 2013

    14 SRMC Patient Centered Medical Home clinics have received the highest rating from the NCQA to date.

  • BJACH therapist climbs Kilimanjaro for holidays

    Jan 16, 2013

    FORT POLK, La. ---- Today's Army provides Soldiers with an array of physical and mental challenges but one Fort Polk officer conquered a personal challenge during the Christmas holiday ---- climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Capt. Ricky Warren, a Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital physical therapist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, spent six-and-a-half days battling the elements of five different ecosystems as he and 13 others scaled to the top of the mountain.

  • Owl 'spotting'

    Jan 16, 2013

  • Clinic ceremony honors Korean War hero

    Jan 15, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) -- An Army medic who was killed in action by enemy sniper fire while trying to save a wounded comrade 62 years ago in Uijongbu, Korea, received special recognition here on Jan. 3 when Troop Medical and Dental Clinic 2 on the Ordnance Campus was named in his honor.

  • The Goodbye List and Dr. Jude -- Special farewell eases move for military child

    Jan 15, 2013

    The Army has so many programs to help families and children with PCS moves, but sometimes I learned it is the people, like Dr. Bonita Jude, who make the biggest difference -- the people who are committed to serving the military families and especially the children.

  • New commander take charge of Northern Regional Medical Command

    Jan 15, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr. relinquished command of the Northern Regional Medical Command to interim commander Col. Donald West during a ceremony in Thurman Hall Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

  • BACH asks for patient feedback Hospital experts to respond during virtual Town Hall

    Jan 15, 2013

    FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Blanchfield Army Community Hospital command and staff are hosting a Facebook Phone Service Town Hall Jan. 24 from noon to 12:40 p.m.

  • BACH observes Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, limited services available

    Jan 15, 2013

    FT. CAMPBELL, Ky. -- In honor of the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) personnel will observe the federal holiday Monday, Jan. 21, therefore all clinics and pharmacies will be closed. The Emergency Centers and Urgent Care Clinic will remain open to provide acute and emergency medical care.

  • More vets for pets, working dogs

    Jan 14, 2013

    The expansion of the Veterinary Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will shorten the wait lists to treat military pets and working dogs.

  • Corps breaks ground on phase 2 of Fort Stewart hospital expansion

    Jan 14, 2013

    Officials with Fort Stewart, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District, Winn Army Hospital, and prime contractor McCarthy Building Company broke ground on phase two of a large-scale hospital expansion project, Jan. 10, 2013, at Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Busy flu season expected for Europe

    Jan 14, 2013

    While the peak of the flu season hasn't hit Europe yet, signs from the U.S. indicate it could be one of the worst in recent years.

  • Doctors, Nurses and Medics train with 212th Combat Support Hospital

    Jan 14, 2013

    More than 100 doctors, nurses and medics from the 212th Combat Support Hospital muddied their boots during "CSH Days," a recent training event at Miesau Army Depot.

  • BG (P) Caravalho takes reins of Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

    Jan 14, 2013

    The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick changed command Jan. 11, with Maj. Gen. James K. Gilman turning the reins over to Brig. Gen. (promotable) Joseph Caravalho Jr., in a ceremony at the Odom Fitness Center.

  • Bonded in battle: 1st Infantry Soldiers share war experiences

    Jan 11, 2013

    Capt. Adam Cowan and a group of his Soldiers from Company D, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, including Spc. Jordan Knox, were on a two-day mission checking out villages in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan in August. The events of that day are ones that they will remember forever.

  • Spouse finds comfort in 'I know how it feels'

    Jan 11, 2013

    I am a firm believer that the best way to reach others is to share our own stories, to share our testimonies if you will. I believe "iron sharpens iron just as one man sharpens another." It is through sharing our experiences that others may find strength.

  • Major General James K. Gilman Retires After 35 Years of Service

    Jan 11, 2013

    U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command and Fort Detrick commanding general retires after 35 years of service.

  • Army Marksmanship Unit expands to include Wounded Warriors

    Jan 10, 2013

    The Army recently announced the expansion of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit to include 24 Wounded Warriors as members of its new Paralympic and Instructor sections.

  • Ask the Dietitian: January 2013

    Jan 10, 2013

    The New Year brings in the usual rush of weight loss commercials, advertisements, claims, promises and products. Most of these "diets" are unbalanced, extreme or completely nonsensical.

  • Hunting Safety an Imperative

    Jan 10, 2013

    Who'd have known - deer are the most hunted animal in the United States.

  • LEAP award winners lauded at Pentagon ceremony

    Jan 10, 2013

    For the fifth year now, practitioners of Lean Six Sigma were recognized, Jan. 10, 2013, for streamlining Army business processes that help save the Army money.

  • Clinic ceremony honors Korean War hero

    Jan 10, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) -- An Army medic who was killed in action by enemy sniper fire while trying to save a wounded comrade 62 years ago in Uijongbu, Korea, received special recognition here on Jan. 3 when Troop Medical and Dental Clinic 2 on the Ordnance Campus was named in his honor.

  • Tripler officer named Social Worker of the Year

    Jan 10, 2013

    HONOLULU -- Maj. Veronica Almeida, who works in the Department of Social Work, Tripler Army Medical Center, here, was recently named one of the Army's Social Workers of the Year for 2012.

  • Aviator recognized for over 20,000 flight hours

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, recently presented retired CW4 Harold Coghlan, now a Department of the Army Civilian instructor pilot with B Co., 1-212th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, Ala., with a certificate of achievement recognizing Coghlan's passing of 20,000 flight hours in military aircraft. Among other highlights from his 36-year career, Coghlan is one of just a handful of Army aviators to have flown faster than Mach 2 as a fighter jet pilot, and he has experience in nearly 30 different rotary and fixed-wing airframes. Coghlan is currently an IP in the 1-212th's Helicopter School Battalion.

  • Wounded Heroes Service Center opens on Kleber Kaserne

    Jan 9, 2013

    A 21st Theater Sustainment Command initiative has resulted in a one-of-a-kind Soldier clothing sales facility that caters specifically to wounded Soldiers, enhancing their ability to obtain new and replacement uniform items in an easily accessible and discreet environment.

  • GHS to bring changes to labeling, classification of hazardous chemicals

    Jan 9, 2013

    Soldiers and civilians who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their job will soon begin training for changes coming to the labeling and classification of chemicals in the workplace.

  • Community leaders impressed by Army medical, support facilities

    Jan 9, 2013

    Few community leaders understand how the Army trains physicians, cares for the wounded, feeds Soldiers and sustains a high quality of life for Soldier Families. During pregame activities of the U.S. Army All American Bowl, 50 selected centers of influence from throughout the nation toured Fort Sam Houston Jan. 3.

  • PRMC leaders visit Korean peninsula, discuss way-ahead

    Jan 9, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Franklin, senior enlisted advisor, PRMC, toured the Korean peninsula, Jan. 7-10, meeting with key leaders and Soldiers to discuss the way-ahead for optimal medical support within the Korean peninsula for the peace and war time missions, while also conducting a series of meetings, update briefs, and question and answer sessions with Medical Service Corps officers as Doyle's role as 17th Corps Chief.

  • Sticky note, the "s" word and the wisdom of a 7-year-old

    Jan 8, 2013

    Sticky note, the "s" word and the wisdom of a 7-year-old

  • Computer detectives hunt hackers, deliver digital justice

    Jan 8, 2013

    The U.S. Army CID's Computer Crimes Investigative Unit is turning the tables on would-be predators online to where the hunters now have become the hunted.

  • Performance Triad to Lead Army Medicine to System for Health

    Jan 7, 2013

    The Office of the Surgeon General/Medical Command hosted its Commander's Conference at the Defense Health Headquarters earlier this month. A major topic that the senior medical leaders discussed was transforming Army Medicine from a healthcare system to a system for health.

  • Ergonomics That Work

    Jan 7, 2013

    Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design in the workplace to reduce fatigue and discomfort and increase productivity. Cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive stress injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders are synonymous terms. All relate to musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, compression (pressing against hard surfaces) and/or sustained awkward positions.

  • Your New Year's failure can save someone's life!

    Jan 7, 2013

    That's right, if your New Year's resolution has already failed, don't worry about it. Redeem yourself by giving blood this month. In 15 minutes and you can save the lives of up to three people! According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. However, due to difficulties and low temperatures this time of year, there is a decline in blood donations throughout blood banks across the country when it's needed the most.

  • Community leaders learn how Army takes care of families

    Jan 5, 2013

    Army garrison leaders from multiple installations reached out to dozens of educators, business executives and community leaders from across the country during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week activities to show how the Army creates a home for Soldiers and their families.

  • Army Medicine continues commitment to world class health care in HI in '12

    Jan 4, 2013

    HONOLULU -- The Pacific Regional Medical Command continued to break new ground, provide world class health care and stay on the cutting edge of technology in 2012.

  • Fort Carson detachment opens first veterinary facility in Afghanistan

    Jan 3, 2013

    The 438th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service) from Fort Carson, Colo., officially opened their doors to Afghanistan's first Veterinary Treatment Facility at Kandahar Airfield, Dec. 15, 2012.

  • 210th Fires Bde. pushes for more CLS Certifications

    Jan 3, 2013

    More than 40 Soldiers with 210th Fires Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, attended Combat Lifesaver training at the Camp Hovey Education Center Jan. 2, 2013.

  • Army All-American athletes inspire children's hospital patients

    Jan 3, 2013

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl players visited with young patients at Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio, during All-American Bowl week.

  • Leadership changes at Northern Regional Medical Command

    Jan 3, 2013

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The Northern Regional Medical Command will hold a Relinquishment of Command ceremony Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Thurman Auditorium, Humphreys Hall, Bldg. 247, Fort Belvoir, Va. The Army Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, will host the ceremony.

  • Mass. detachment assumes Preventive Medicine duties in southern Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2013

    A ceremony was held Dec. 3, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, commemorating the transfer of authority from the 792nd Preventive Medicine Detachment based out of Lubbock, Texas, to the 794th Preventive Medicine Detachment, based out of Fort Devens, Mass.

  • Fourth Annual Warrior Games Announced

    Jan 2, 2013

    Alexandria, Va. -- The 2013 Warrior Games are slated for May 11-17, Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured Service Members and Veterans are expected to participate in 2013 games. The competition will feature the following teams from the United States - Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations - along with an international team from the United Kingdom.

  • Folic acid--essential for a healthy baby

    Jan 2, 2013

  • Tripler rings in New Year with baby

    Jan 2, 2013

    HONOLULU -- Congratulations to Patrick and Tiffany Thisius on their new bundle of joy, Adelie. Adelie was born at 2:09 a.m., Jan. 1, and was the first baby born in 2013 at Tripler Army Medical Center, here.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy members visit Poland, deliver gifts

    Dec 28, 2012

    The two newly inducted Sergeant Audie Murphy Club members, who are assigned to Bavaria Medical Department Activity, traveled to Lwowek Slaski, Poland, to deliver presents to orphans.

  • Bavaria clinic receives Star Strong safety flag

    Dec 26, 2012

    Illesheim Health Clinic in Vilseck, Germany, received recognition for becoming the first U.S. Army Medical Command unit to achieve the Voluntary Protection Program Army Safety Excellence Star at an Army Star Strong Flag Ceremony on Storck Barracks, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Parents cautioned about children swallowing coin-sized batteries

    Dec 26, 2012

    More than 5,000 children in the United States annually swallow or insert button cell batteries into their nose or ears.

  • Fly fishing, tying helps wounded warriors heal, reflect

    Dec 26, 2012

    Through learning the art and craft of fly tying and fishing, Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are able to find peace and Healing Waters in the eye of rehabilitation's storm.

  • Targeting shoot house hazards

    Dec 21, 2012

  • Public Health Command completes health hazard assessment of ballistic underwear

    Dec 21, 2012

    Experts in the U.S. Army Public Health Command's Health Hazard Assessment Program completed an occupational health assessment of the new protective outer garments and undergarments, and provided recommendations on how to minimize any risks.

  • MEDCOM CSM Summit hosted by USAPHC

    Dec 21, 2012

  • Army Medicine Helps Make a Sick Child's Dream Come True

    Dec 21, 2012

    Army Medicine personnel joined dozens of Soldiers from the 200th MP Command out of Ft. Meade, Md., in making a young patients' dream of meeting Soldiers and becoming a Soldier come true. Ten-year old Baltimore resident Khalil Quarles was diagnosed with an invasive cancer a year and a half ago and has been bravely battling this disease. Every since he was four years old, Khalil said he dreamed of becoming a Soldier in the United States Army.

  • Down the hatch: Army cracks down on alcohol dependance, binge drinking

    Dec 21, 2012

    Soldiers are expected to work hard and, as it is popularly understood, to party just as hard. While excessive alcohol consumption and binge drinking are thought to be part of the military lifestyle, the Army is cracking down on such behavior, as it is deemed detrimental to the force.

  • Santa visits hospital in Afghanistan

    Dec 19, 2012

    BAGRAM, Afghanistan (Dec. 19, 2012) -- For many servicemembers deployed to Afghanistan, Christmas can be a very emotional and depressing time of year when separated from their friends and family back home. However, this year, Santa came to town and brought joy with him as he gave Christmas stockings to staff members and patients at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, Dec. 18.

  • Experts develop strategies for combating tobacco use in military

    Dec 19, 2012

    A team of medical and military experts, hosted by the U.S. Army Public Health Command, gathered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 2-5, 2012, united by their motivation and drive to reduce tobacco use in the military.

  • CRDAMC, local schools help children feel safe in times of tragedy, uncertainty

    Dec 18, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Recurring threats and acts of violence in schools have become an all-too-common occurrence in the lives of students across the nation recently and children from Fort Hood and surrounding communities are no exception to this trend. In fact, just days prior to the Sandy Hooks Elementary School tragedy, Copperas Cove Independent School District made the dramatic decision to close the entire district following a string of bomb threats at its secondary and high school campuses.

  • Ask the Dietitian: December 2012

    Dec 18, 2012

    It's common this time of year to be concerned about staying on track with your health and fitness goals. During the holiday season, more than ever, we tend to be surrounded by the temptation to eat more and exercise less, which, as we all know, is the textbook recipe for weight gain.

  • Preparation key to preventing basketball injuries

    Dec 17, 2012

    Winter means more than the arrival of cold weather; it's also the height of basketball fans' favorite time of year.

  • Soldiers in Transition compete in USA Hockey Sled Classic

    Dec 17, 2012

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 17, 2012) -- Soldiers in Tranistion, many of whom received care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), recently competed in the third annual USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the National Hockey League (NHL) in Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Afghan policeman helped by SFAT, FST

    Dec 16, 2012

    Two months ago, Pvt. Mohammed Qasim, an Afghan uniformed policeman with the 4th Company Reserve Kandak, was injured when his patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was lucky. Shrapnel from the explosion pierced his arms, neck, side and hand, but the wounds were relatively minor.

  • Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

    Dec 14, 2012

    Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency, Dec. 5, 2012.

  • Community spirit blossoms at Warrior Transition Battalion

    Dec 14, 2012

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Dec. 14, 2012) -- As a retired physician's assistant, Mike Newman understands the role of a positive environment in one's recovery from injury or illness.

  • Spouse Caregivers: Adapting to a new role -- Long road back to San Antonio

    Dec 14, 2012

    Thirteen years ago, two young Soldiers met during combat medic training at Fort Sam Houston. More than a decade later, they returned for a very different reason.

  • Expert Field Medical Badge tests medics' true mettle

    Dec 14, 2012

    Although the sky was overcast and a fine mist sprinkled the air at Honor Field on Dec. 6, a crowd gathered to witness four Soldiers reach the culmination of a grueling two-week course designed to delineate the elite of combat field medics.

  • Spouse caregivers: Adapting to a new role -- Light at the end of the tunnel

    Dec 14, 2012

    Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, started like any other day for a spouse whose husband is deployed until Kathreyn Harris received a call telling her her husband, Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris was severly injured.

  • Fort Bliss employee named ASAP coordinator of the year

    Dec 14, 2012

    Stella Shaw, the Lead Risk Reduction Program coordinator on Fort Bliss, was awarded the 2012 Director's Army Substance Abuse Risk Reduction Program Coordinator of the Year at an awards ceremony on East Fort Bliss on Dec 12.

  • 4 films premiere at Tripler Army Medical Center, promote resiliency

    Dec 14, 2012

    To help promote resiliency among staff members, the Pacific Regional Medical Command's Care Provider Support Program will premiere "Dogs are Healers," at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground organizations establish STEM agreement with Harford schools

    Dec 14, 2012

    Eight major Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., tenant organizations agreed to a partnership, Dec. 14, 2012, with Harford County Public Schools to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM.

  • Wounded Warrior Event Set to Start Friday

    Dec 13, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 13, 2012) -- A deep commitment to wounded warriors and a growing concern for suicide prevention has led to a first-time Army Logistics University event that serves to raise awareness for both.

  • Surviving the holidays, nutritionally speaking

    Dec 13, 2012

    If you fear weight gain this holiday season, surviving your holiday spread may be easier than you think. In fact, if it's your goal, you can even lose weight with a few simple steps!

  • Old Guard Soldiers work to combat homelessness in D.C.

    Dec 13, 2012

    The holidays may be considered the season of giving, but for some Soldiers of Hotel Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) the giving spirit lasts year-round.

  • Madigan team delivers Christmas gifts for Soldiers

    Dec 13, 2012

    The staff at Madigan Army Medical Center gathered to collect gifts to spread some holiday cheer to deployed Madigan team members, filling boxes to be sent to deployed Soldiers with items like baby wipes, books, snacks, movies, gift cards and decorations that vendors and others had generously donated.

  • Madigan family lights Christmas tree

    Dec 13, 2012

    Madigan commander, Col. Dallas Homas, helps 7-year old Amber Marie Simmons light the hospital Christmas tree on Dec. 7.

  • Gen. Austin meets with a Soldier at the Center For Intrepid

    Dec 12, 2012

    Gen. Lloyd J. Austin meets with a Soldier at the Center For Intrepid at Joint Base San Antonio.

  • Operation Warfighter soldier awarded Purple Heart in Surprise Ceremony

    Dec 12, 2012

    When Sgt. Jay Silk, Operation Warfighter Soldier at the Tenkiller Lake office, walked into the Oklahoma National Guard's Christmas party, he expected a fun evening with his family and fellow soldiers. But things are not always as they seem, Silk and another Wounded Warrior, Cpl. Scott Harper, were surprised with a Purple Heart ceremony.

  • Army Surgeon General commissions 2nd Lt. Darrell Owens Nov. 30, 2012

    Dec 12, 2012

    Commissioning Ceremony On Nov. 30, Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho administered the commissioning oath to 2nd Lt. Darrell Owens into the Army's Military Intelligence Branch at the Veterans' Affairs' Full Committee Room, Cannon House Building, in Washington, D.C. Owens is the military legislative assistant to Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson, (R-PA). Pictured (l-r): Representative Thompson, Lt. Gen. Horoho, 2nd Lt. Owens, and Sgt. Maj. Olivia S. Warner, Legislative Assistant to the Sergeant Major of the Army. In attendance was his wife, Heather, who works for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, along with parents Jeff and Mary and many other family members and friends. Owens was the principal author of the STEP Act. Representative Glen "GT" Thompson on May 11, 2011 introduced the "Service Members Telemedicine & E-Health Portability Act (STEP) (H.R. 1832)." The Act would expand DOD's state licensure exemption to allow credentialed healthcare professionals to work across state lines without the need to obtain new state licenses. (Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Alves)

  • Chief Army Nurse visits Afghanistan

    Dec 11, 2012

    Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, the commanding general of U.S. Army Public Health Command, and chief of the Army Nurse Corps, met with medical providers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2012.

  • Charlie Company takes Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Commander's Cup

    Dec 11, 2012

    After three months of competition in adaptive sports like cycling and archery, it came down to wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball to determine which of Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe's three companies would take home the Commander's Cup trophy.

  • Flight Medic receives Distinguished Flying Cross

    Dec 11, 2012

    Army Flight Medic Receives Distunguished Fyling Cross

  • Schofield health clinic honors, celebrates Native American traditions

    Dec 11, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Staff at U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks were treated to an array of talents during its Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance, Nov. 29, here.

  • Begin with the BASICS Video

    Dec 10, 2012

    Learn the history behind Begin with the BASICS.

  • Celebrate sensibly, not senselessly this holiday season

    Dec 10, 2012

    Typically, the holiday season is synonymous with celebration, but Army leaders want Soldiers, Civilians and Family members to make safety part of their plans.

  • Madigan snuffs out Tobacco

    Dec 10, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.--For service members, Department of Defense contractors and civilian visitors on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, available places to smoke will become more limited after the new year.

  • Electronic form 'AIMs' for increased Concussive Care accuracy

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Fort Bragg Soldiers, community warned of dangers of steroid use

    Dec 7, 2012

    Servicemembers are taught to be very aware of their physical fitness. They train every duty day with their units, are kept aware of the importance of nutrition; and in some cases, train on their own to achieve a specific, desired physical result. It is their duty to remain in shape, and it is this professional distinction, that puts servicemembers at higher risk than most for anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse.

  • Community spirit blossoms at Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion

    Dec 7, 2012

    According to the American Horticultural Therapy Association, the therapeutic benefits of a garden are proven throughout history like the ancient Zen gardens of Japan and monastic cloister gardens of Europe. Retired physician's assistant, Mike Newman understands the role of a positive environment in one's recovery from injury or illness. Newman, is one of many dedicated volunteers who are cultivating plants as well as happier and healthier Soldiers at the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion tranquility garden.

  • Army Medicine Joins Enterprise Email

    Dec 7, 2012

    On January 7, 2013, the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) will begin full deployment of the Defense Enterprise Email (DEE) service provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In coordination with our mission partners at NETCOM, DISA, and Army CIO/G6, Defense Enterprise Email signals a new era for Army Medicine in the delivery of cloud computing as a service. Everyone in MEDCOM will migrate to enterprise email by March 31, 2013.

  • Army of Chile delegation visits Southern Regional Medical Command

    Dec 7, 2012

  • Kenner Wins Second Place in Best MTF Competition

    Dec 7, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (Nov 30, 2012) -- Kenner Army Health Clinic recently clinched the runner-up title for the U.S. Army Medical Command's Business Excellence Competition or Biz Bowl and earned an additional $500,000 for the fiscal year 2013 operating budget. While the Fort Lee community braced itself for Hurricane Sandy, Col. Joseph S. Pina, KAHC commander; Lt. Col. Eric Poulsen, deputy commander for administration; Master Sgt. Douglas Schwab, sergeant major; and Jeff Kavanaugh, a health systems analysis and evaluation specialist, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 29 to battle seven other military treatment facilities for the coveted 2012 title. For more than five years, MEDCOM has continued to advance a "performance-based adjustment model" of MTF funding that rewards and motivates facilities to improve in measures of importance to the Army including medical readiness, access, quality and cost effectiveness, said Poulsen. Last year, MEDCOM launched its Best MTF Competition which begins with selecting the 16 top performing facilities across the command. KAHC became eligible to compete this year after improvements across the "noble nine" metrics of military treatment facility performance, including patient satisfaction, productivity gains, quality and preventive measures, improvements in care continuity, reductions in emergency room usage and maintaining or exceeding enrollment and workload targets. The team from Kenner ended FY12 ranked as No. 3 out of 34 facilities across MEDCOM in these nine metrics. The competition began in early October when each of the 16 teams was given an exam and 60 minutes to answer 193 questions on a wide range of topics in the fields of health care administration, operations, readiness, quality and resource management, Pina said. "We scored 152 on the exam -- the highest score of all 16 teams," he said. "The test results were used to narrow the field to an 'Elite 8' teams that advanced to the final rounds of competition at Army MEDCOM." The team, working together against the clock, set out to divide and conquer the categories, said Kavanaugh. "We each answered specific questions relative to our strengths and expertise," he said. Each question was answered because there were no penalties for wrong answers, said Schwab. "We earned points for each of the questions we answered correctly so we made certain they were all answered," he said. Before traveling to San Antonio, the teams were given a complex case study to review and analyze from a fictitious Summit Army Community Hospital at "Fort Wannabee." Teams were given one week to analyze, prepare and send in a briefing that would be presented by only the final four teams in the third round. Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army Surgeon General and competition host recognized all of the teams and their accomplishments, Pina said. "Horoho emphasized that this competition is really about making sure we train and equip our MTFs with the right set of skills to bring the best quality, accessible health care to the Soldiers, Families and other beneficiaries," he said. The competition in round two kicked off in a "bowl" format with the top-seeded team from Fort Lee facing off against the eighth-seed from Camp Zama, Japan, led by Col. Vivian Hutson, prior commander of KAHC. After five sets of toss-up and bonus questions, the Fort Lee team advanced to the semi-finals, defeating the Camp Zama team by a score of 125-40. Other teams faced off head-to-head: Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colo., defeating Bavaria Medical Department Activity, Germany; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., defeating Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga., and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Huachuca, Az., defeating Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Kenner and the other clinic teams readied their case study presentations while Horoho introduced the panel of judges, including a former surgeon general and secretary of Veteran Affairs, the current deputy surgeon general, a former MEDCOM chief of staff and the current director, TRICARE Regional Office-South. Each team presented its case study briefings and presentations and in a unanimous vote, the panel selected Fort Lee's team to advance to the final round. In a close and split decision, the other finalist was announced as Fort Campbell and the stage was set. Fort Campbell's team was led by Col. Paul Cordts, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, who last year led the Fort Stewart team to the final round only to lose to Bavaria. The final match played out in a Jeopardy-like head-to-head competition. "We held the lead early," Pina said. "The rest of the match-up went to Fort Campbell who won the final in convincing fashion." Schwab, whose career has mostly been field-based medicine, said he appreciated the opportunity to participate in the competition. "It was an eye-opening experience," he said. "During preparation for the competition, I looked deeper into the business operations of an MTF which helps me in my duties here." Not all was lost, though, as performance incentive checks ranging from $75,000 to $750,000 were distributed by the surgeon general to all eight MTF finalists. Both the winning team and runners-up received engraved trophies, too, Pina said. "As runner-up this year, Kenner brings home a check for $500,000 that can be reinvested into programs, services, facilities or staff to enhance our support of the Fort Lee community," Pina said. What's most important is that we thank our staff across Kenner and make sure they know that we wouldn't have even been a competitor without all of their combined efforts."

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