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  • Bavarian clinic earns first Star Status for MEDCOM

    Jul 6, 2012

    The Illesheim Army Health Clinic in Vilseck, Germany, is the first organization within the U.S. Army Medical Command, and one of few units within the Department of Defense, to earn the impressive Star Status, an elite Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard.

  • Reserve dentists surpass treatment goal during Honduras exercise

    Jul 6, 2012

    Despite rough field conditions, heat indexes in the triple digits, and having just half the dentists they expected, the Army Reserve Soldiers of the 912th Dental Company (Area Support) were able to surpass their early patient predictions while on a dental readiness exercise in Honduras.

  • USAMITC Athlete Brings Home the Gold

    Jul 6, 2012

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS -- An over 55 athlete from the U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center (USAMITC) recently competed in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in St. Louis, Mo., and brought home three medals--two gold and one silver. Col. Terry Shanahan, (U.S. Army, Retired) of USAMITC's Project Management Division (PMD), won gold medals in the javelin and shot put, and a silver medal in the discus throw.

  • Hospital launches 'smart' technology

    Jul 6, 2012

    Fort Belvoir Community Hospital launched the latest innovation in bedside care featuring smart suite technology June 26, becoming the first military treatment facility to engage in this particular mechanization.

  • PTSD Awareness Day

    Jul 6, 2012

    June 27, 2012 was Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Day. A McLean, Va. event highlighted ongoing efforts to recognize and treat the signature wound of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

  • Neurotrauma, Psychological Health office partners with VA to study PTSD treatments

    Jul 5, 2012

    The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity's Neurotrauma and Psychological Health Project Management Office signed an interagency agreement with the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program to jointly conduct and support clinical studies of pharmacotherapeutics for the treatment of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder in service members and veterans.

  • Medical Prototype Development Lab improves SMEED

    Jul 5, 2012

    Under the direction of the Medical Support Systems Project Management Office, the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity employs a small team of engineers and engineering technicians who work to design and build prototypes, laboratory testing equipment and other devices designed to get products to the field.

  • Fort Lee officer touts TRICARE benefit

    Jul 5, 2012

    FORT LEE, Va. (July 5, 2012)- Capt. Grace Hurlocker will always be grateful for the "perks" of military life, particularly the health care benefits that are giving her daughter a better chance at a happy, healthy future.

  • Selders assumes command of dental clinic

    Jul 5, 2012

    Fort Rucker welcomed the new commander of the U.S. Army Dental Clinic Command during a ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum June 25.

  • MEDPROS an important part of Soldiers' readiness

    Jul 5, 2012

    Soldiers can simplify the steps of outprocessing by keeping an eye on their individual medical readiness status through the Army's Medical Protection System, according to Fort Rucker's MEDPROS coordinator.

  • Detours and setbacks couldn't keep former Afghan refugee from reaching her dream

    Jul 5, 2012

    HONOLULU - "I think success is the best revenge in life," said Maj. Rhine Hejran, as she described her long and harrowing journey from an Afghan citizen to a doctor in the U.S. Army.

  • Medical Readiness at Your Front Door

    Jul 3, 2012

    Medical Readiness at Your Front Door

  • Command structure changes at Illesheim Health Clinic

    Jul 3, 2012

    ILLESHEIM, Germany -- A Relinquishment of Command and Assumption of Responsibility ceremony placed command of the Illesheim Health Clinic under Katterbach's clinic commander here Thursday.

  • Field sanitation training empowers 159th CAB Soldiers

    Jul 3, 2012

    Soldiers with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade buckled down for a 40-hour field sanitation certification class beginning June 22 to learn how to protect themselves and their battle buddies against diseases in field environments.

  • From Recruiting Command to the White House

    Jul 3, 2012

    In August, Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Kyle Busby starts a three-year tour with the White House Medical Unit, which provides comprehensive medical care to the president, vice president and their immediate families.

  • Army partners with Iowa community leaders, schools to promote healthy lifestyles

    Jul 3, 2012

    Believing the Army has a responsibility to help build a strong nation and not just a strong Army, the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion commander worked with members of his community to develop a high school outreach program in the form of health expos to address the health and fitness challenges facing today's youth.

  • Wheelchair basketball: Wounded warriors roll to recovery

    Jul 3, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Being a wounded warrior no longer means being confined by physical limits on the road to recovery. Now it's about which activities can be modified to fit a Soldier's abilities to offer more fitness options. "We concentrate on their abilities rather than their disabilities and try to provide an alternative to their physical activity," said Sgt. 1st Class Javony Morales, Company A, Warrior Transition Unit-Wiesbaden Cadre platoon sergeant, during a session of wheelchair basketball June 22 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. "Here is a way for them to socialize and overcome their obstacles… to get out there and do something different."

  • Medical Service Corps celebrates anniversary

    Jul 3, 2012

    FORT HUACHCUA, Ariz. -- A doctor in an Army medical health center was examining the bottom of the left foot of a Soldier who'd been complaining about a growth. Carefully, the officer moved the foot from side to side, assessing its condition.

  • MEDCOM PAO receives diversity award

    Jul 2, 2012

    The Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity presented the 2012 Excellence in Military Service award to Jaime Cavazos, June 26 at the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention & Exposition's Opportunity Reception: Honoring our Armed Forces. Cavazos is the Chief, MEDCOM Public Affairs Officer, Directorate of Communications, U.S. Army Medical Command.

  • Fort Sam Houston opens Soldier and Family Assistance Center

    Jul 2, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO - - The latest of the Army's one-stop resource centers for service members and Families in transition celebrated its grand opening June 29 near the San Antonio Military Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston.

  • Field sanitation training empowers 159th CAB Soldiers

    Jul 2, 2012

    In World War I, disease claimed the life of one Soldier for every two felled by combat. In the South Pacific theater in World War II, one-third of the Soldiers contracted malaria or some other disease, taking more Soldiers than the enemy did by gunfire. One of the greatest threats to a Soldier downrange -- beside the enemy -- is sanitation. Soldiers with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade buckled down for a 40-hour field sanitation certification class beginning June 22 to learn how to protect themselves and their battle buddies against diseases in field environments.

  • Afghan flight medics train for air treatment

    Jun 29, 2012

    As the U.S. continues to prepare Afghan forces to conduct operations independent of U.S. support, the Army is training Afghan medics to properly implement medical care while in flight.

  • Ex-NBA ref blows whistle on PTSD

    Jun 29, 2012

    Bob Delaney said it's time to change the way people think about post traumatic stress.

  • Independence Day Holiday Safety 2012

    Jun 29, 2012

    With great courage and vision our founding fathers created this Nation with the ideals of liberty and independence for all. I encourage you to reflect on these values and the freedoms we cherish as we celebrate our independence on our Nation's 236th Birthday.

  • Strep throat: Not your average sore throat

    Jun 29, 2012

    People often think that any painful sore throat is strep throat and that antibiotics are needed to make it better. This belief is not true. Strep throat is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by streptococcal bacteria. The throat gets irritated and inflamed causing a sudden, severe sore throat. Most other sore throats are caused by a virus. Sore throats caused by a virus are also painful. If you have cold-like symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose and coughing, you probably do not have strep throat.

  • Combating childhood obesity: A family affair

    Jun 29, 2012

    At what age do you remember starting to make healthy food choices? For many of us those decisions don't happen until later in life. The obesity epidemic has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in children and adolescents. In fact, one in every three American children is overweight or obese. Like other childhood health conditions such as diabetes and asthma, obesity in children requires some form of lifestyle intervention. Numerous studies have found that overweight children and teens are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they make positive lifestyle eating and physical activity changes. Parents and guardians are key decision-makers who affect the lifestyle needs when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health of their children.

  • Healthy foods cost less than less healthy foods

    Jun 29, 2012

    Obesity is linked to many serious health conditions, such as diabetes and cancer. Like other Americans, military Warriors, past and present, and their families feel the effects of obesity through negative health impacts and out-of-pocket costs. For example, the inability to meet service weight and physical fitness standards is a common reason for early discharge. According to a recent Army study, "Too Fat to Fight," 27 percent of all Americans 17 to 24 years of age are too heavy to join the military. Another major concern is the negative effect of obesity on force readiness.

  • Pets provide healing support, research documents

    Jun 29, 2012

    HONOLULU -- With uncertainly in the military family, due to constant moves and deployments, one stabilizing factor providing comfort in stressful times is our four-legged family members.

  • Panetta visits wounded warriors in San Antonio

    Jun 28, 2012

  • U.S. Army Aeromedical Center welcomes new commander

    Jun 28, 2012

    The U.S. Army Aeromedical Center bid farewell to one commander and welcomed another during a June 20 ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.

  • Wounded Warriors welcome new leader

    Jun 28, 2012

    Soldiers assigned to the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion welcomed a new leader during a June 22 change of command ceremony held at Marne Garden.

  • 'Vanguard' medics staffing North TMC say experience is educational, fulfilling

    Jun 28, 2012

    Private Andrea M. Shaw's workday at the North Troop Medical Clinic dawns early. While most Soldiers are rousing themselves from the night's slumber, Shaw said she is reporting to physical training at 5 a.m. alongside fellow combat medics completing their first three-month rotation at the newly opened facility, located in the "Vanguard" complex on Fort Stewart, Ga.

  • Panetta visits wounded warriors in San Antonio

    Jun 28, 2012

  • Treating Hypotension Using Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation Therapy

    Jun 28, 2012

    The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command tasked its Combat Casualty Care Research Program at Fort Detrick, Md., with seeking out ways to lower the casualty figures related to conditions associated with hypotension/hemorrhagic shock.

  • Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds

    Jun 28, 2012

  • USAHC-SB welcomes new commander

    Jun 28, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Col. Joseph Bird relinquished command of U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks to Col. Mary Krueger during a change of command ceremony, June 26, at Soldiers' Pavilion, here.

  • Double amputee takes command of Fort Belvoir

    Jun 27, 2012

    For the first time in the Army's history, a double amputee has taken the reins as garrison commander of a major installation.

  • Gadson assumes command from Strycula; plans to continue first-rate services

    Jun 27, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 27) -- Col. Gregory D. Gadson assumed command of Fort Belvoir from Col. John J. Strycula, June 25, during a ceremony at Long Parade Field. Gadson, wounded in Iraq in 2007, is the first bi-lateral amputee to command an Army installation. He takes this position after serving as the Director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program. He said he is proud to join, "such a first-rate team of professionals in the garrison staff.

  • Public health command experts earn Wolf Pack Award

    Jun 27, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army surgeon general, recognized 22 military and civilian employees of the U.S. Army Public Health Command with Army medicine's Wolf Pack Award via video teleconference on June 25. Gregg Stevens, the Army Medical Department Civilian Corps chief, presented the award on her behalf to Maj. Gen. Jimmie O. Keenan, USAPHC commander, and John Resta, Army Institute of Public Health director, at Aberdeen Proving Ground South.

  • USAMRMC Safety Director Takes His Expertise Abroad

    Jun 27, 2012

    On July 1, 2012, Clifford Wendel, director of the USAMRMC Surety, Safety and Environmental Office, will leave for a one-year deployment to Kandahar Air Force Base in Afghanistan and become a member of the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce.

  • Capitol Hill PTSD awareness event highlights struggles, triumphs

    Jun 27, 2012

    The sergeant major of the Army and its surgeon general were among those who spoke June 27, 2012, on Capitol Hill about the Army's efforts to battle the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain injuries.

  • Senior corps leaders discuss fiscal future with FORSCOM, IMCOM

    Jun 27, 2012

    The two Army major commands in charge of forces and installation management held three joint meetings at Fort Hood, Texas, June 26, 2012, to mitigate upcoming personnel and budget cuts and discuss the challenges ahead at installations of varying sizes with varying missions.

  • Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center set to open in July

    Jun 26, 2012

    The Carlisle Barracks Army Wellness Center, set to begin operations in July, marks another important milestone in the Army's campaign to improve the well-being of Soldiers, family members, retirees and Army civilian employees.

  • USAMITC's ERS Supports the MEDCOM Worldwide

    Jun 26, 2012

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS -- To provide near real-time metrics, or statistics, for information management and information technology (IM/IT) enterprise operational readiness displayed in various dashboards, charts and reports around the world, the U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center (USAMITC) created the Enterprise Reporting Service (ERS). The ERS was built to show all Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) a snapshot of how their environment looks while also showing views of metrics from a regional and enterprise perspective for all IM/IT leaders and staff. "Clearly, the statistics we provide on the ERS can give any Information Management Division (IMD) staff pertinent information that is actionable," said Ryan Birdsell, USAMITC's Core Technology Business Intelligence and Integration Team Lead. "We're moving toward a Self Service Business Intelligence (SSBI) platform where our data users will be able to create their own reports and dashboards."

  • USAMITC Holds Change of Command

    Jun 26, 2012

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Lt. Col. Beverly A. Beavers relinquished command of the U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center (USAMITC) to Col. Andrew J. Smith in a Change of Command ceremony held Friday, June 22 at the Blesse Auditorium.

  • Army Medicine Begins with the BASICS

    Jun 26, 2012

    Each of us wishes to create the very best care and service experience for those we serve.

  • Hospital hosts back-to-school rodeos

    Jun 26, 2012

    Nearly 100 patients received their annual school physicals June 20 during a back-to-school rodeo event at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

  • Wounded Warriors compete in North Country fishing derby

    Jun 26, 2012

    The second annual Wounded Warriors Bass Derby was held June 23 near the Dobisky Recreation Center in Ogdensburg, N.Y., located on the St. Lawrence River. The early-morning event had over 30 Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division being paired with local anglers to form fishing teams for the day.

  • The Birth of a Laboratory

    Jun 26, 2012

    Through a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and the Georgian Ministry of Defense, the Central Public Health Reference Laboratory in Tbilisi, Georgia, was officially opened in March 2011, and it will serve as the hub of a proposed research campus to be maintained by the Georgian government.

  • SMDC welcomes new command surgeon

    Jun 26, 2012

    SMDC welcomes command surgeon

  • Caterpillars likely to cause rashes, respiratory problems

    Jun 25, 2012

    News agencies in Germany are reporting that 10 of Germany's 16 states are battling a population explosion of the Oak Processionary Caterpillar, and their toxic hairs can cause severe allergic reactions for some people.

  • Taking off the helmet: Learning to cope

    Jun 25, 2012

    From the gridiron to the battlefield, coping with behavioral health doesn't mean hiding behind a team jersey or a camouflaged uniform. Herschel Walker -- a former NFL running back, Heisman Trophy winner and Mixed Martial Arts fighter -- faced a sea of green June 18 at Fort Bliss visiting the Warrior Transition Battalion and the Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility. "It's different now," Herschel said as he stood in a conference room signing autographs and posing for pictures with Wounded Warriors and Cowboys fans. "Now the face mask and helmet are off."

  • Warrior Games athletes recognized at Pentagon

    Jun 25, 2012

    Military and Olympic leaders recognized 50 Wounded Warriors, including 10 Army athletes, for their athletic achievements at the 2012 Warrior Games during a June 25, 2012, ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard.

  • Tripler continues care of Pacific Islanders, enhances outreach program

    Jun 21, 2012

    The U.S. military has been providing care to Pacific Islanders since World War II.

  • Medics defy odds to earn coveted badge

    Jun 21, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Eighteen days ago, some 190 medics from Fort Drum, as well as Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Hua-chuca, Ariz., began the Mountain Medic Expert Field Medical Badge training and testing lanes held June 4-15 at the Bridgewater-Vaccaro Medical Simulation Training Center Area on post.

  • Cookout brings WTU, SFAC together

    Jun 21, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla. (21 June 2012) -- The Fort Sill Warrior Transition Unit celebrated the Army's 237th birthday in a special way June 14. They combined the birthday celebration with a cookout for wounded warriors and their families in observance of Father's Day.

  • Precious GEMS: Program makes science 'fun'

    Jun 21, 2012

    A group of children surrounded every table, each one leaning in to help their mentor connect wires, batteries and other electronics to transform a plastic cup into a stereo speaker.

  • Heat illness: Prevention is best defense

    Jun 21, 2012

    Warmer weather means it's time for picnics, barbecues and baseball, but it also heralds the beginning of heat illness season.

  • Lyster offers new healthy cooking class

    Jun 21, 2012

    Patients walking the halls of Lyster Army Health Clinic June 14 may have noticed something out of the ordinary -- the smell of toasting pita bread and limeade chicken.

  • Lyster's Behavioral Health offers progressive treatments

    Jun 21, 2012

    Behavioral issues affect not only Soldiers returning from combat, but also the Families of those that have served overseas.

  • Tripler hosts 2012 GPHE graduation

    Jun 21, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center hosted its annual Graduate Professional Health Education Commencement ceremony, here, June 15.

  • Post heightens awareness of PTSD programs

    Jun 20, 2012

    Soldiers returning home from more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq will find a multitude of resilience programs and initiatives at Fort Benning to deal with any lingering psychological effects, said officials at Martin Army Community Hospital's Department of Behavioral Health.

  • Public Health Command employees reflect on support to Iraq

    Jun 20, 2012

    Over the 10-year course of the operation, 167 USAPHC personnel deployed. This number includes 143 military personnel, 24 civilians and seven Special Medical Augmentation Response Team--Preventive Medicine deployments.

  • Aviation safety: the "big three"

    Jun 19, 2012

    Despite safety successes in recent years, Army aviation accident rates are rising this year and our Army is missing opportunities to prevent these accidents. As of June 14, 2012, we have experienced 13 Class A manned aircraft accidents with nine fatalities. In comparison to 2011's entire year of 15 Class A manned aircraft accidents and 11 fatalities, it becomes clear this year's trend is one we need to reverse. Current accident trends include breakdowns in standards, discipline and maintenance, with human error cited as a contributing factor in every manned aircraft Class A.

  • Army Surgeon General visits Pacific region, talks about health readiness

    Jun 19, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, U.S. Army surgeon general and commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, visited the Pacific Regional Medical Command staff and facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 12-14, 2012.

  • Artillery medics partner with Afghan Army, train to save lives

    Jun 18, 2012

    Medics with the Afghan National Army, Medical Platoon, 1-205th Corps and the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted medical partnership training at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan, June 11-14, 2012.

  • Two WRAIR Soldiers Earn Expert Field Medical Badge

    Jun 18, 2012

    Two Noncommissioned Officers from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research were awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge after successfully completing all requirements at Camp Bullis, Texas, June 15.

  • Col. Greg Gadson Turns over the Reins of the Army Wounded Warrior Program

    Jun 15, 2012

    Alexandria, Va. -- Col. Gregory D. Gadson, father, son, husband, war hero, Army Wounded Warrior program (AW2) soldier and director, movie star and 'action figure' -- not yet but likely in the cards -- will turn over reins of the AW2 to Col. Timothy M. Karcher during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., next week and take command of Fort Belvoir, July 25. Col. Karcher is also an AW2 soldier and highly decorated battlefield commander. Brig. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Assistant Surgeon General, Warrior Care and Transition, and Commander, Warrior Transition Command, will host the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) change of directorship ceremony, 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, National Guard Regional Training Institute.

  • Eagle Scout project brings TAMC garden back to life

    Jun 15, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center's Memorial Garden was brought back to life, June 9, because of the efforts of an Eagle Scout Service Project.

  • USAPHC samples groundwater at McAlester

    Jun 15, 2012

    A team from the U.S. Army Public Health Command traveled to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Okla., to sample groundwater at existing monitoring wells, install new monitoring wells and locate additional well sites. The field investigations were in support of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act dealing with hazardous waste, and state requirements at MCAAP's Open Burn and Open Detonation operations and its fuel farm area.

  • Wounded warrior to represent WCAP athletes at 237th Army Birthday ball

    Jun 14, 2012

    Thanks to his father, Master Sgt. Edward O'Neil believes in hard work. After having his leg amputated due to an improvised explosive device in Iraq, that hard work helped him become a member of the Army World Class Athlete Program.

  • Future system to streamline Army HR and Soldier pay

    Jun 14, 2012

    For the first time, the Army will automatically execute pay actions in response to approved personnel information changes, such as a change in grade or dependents via future system.

  • Army rethinks 'no pain, no gain'

    Jun 14, 2012

    A newly funded center on Fort Bliss is gearing up to face a persistent foe of the Department of Defense -- chronic pain. "Ultimately our goal (in integrative medicine) is not to be the last resort," said Col. Richard Petri Jr., chief of the new Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. "We want to get to the patient's pain before it becomes chronic."

  • The fight against suicide on, off post

    Jun 14, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- It seems the military has an allusive enemy, one that is taking more lives than war. The Pentagon released statistics showing suicide as the No. 1 threat to service members. The war against it was been waged years ago with more prevention programs, but the statistics show an 18 percent increase from the same period last year.

  • PTSD: Knowing what's wrong, getting help

    Jun 14, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.-- Shell shock. Battle fatigue. Combat stress reaction. Traumatic war neurosis. These are all terms from past wars to describe what is now called post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is defined as a mental health problem that can occur when a person has been through a traumatic event.

  • Chaos breeds confidence in NTC mass casualty exercise

    Jun 14, 2012

    FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- Business is normal on your forward operating base in the middle of the desert, until suddenly you hear rounds popping in the distance and colliding with the ground.

  • Public health unit in Japan evaluates benefits of practicing 'mindfulness'

    Jun 14, 2012

    CAMP ZAMA, Japan (June 15, 2012) -- The possible benefits of an increasingly prevalent form of resilience-building, as well as the widespread number of ways it can be applied throughout the military, are being evaluated following an eight-week class held here.

  • Pro bowlers, instructors teach Fort Meade WTU Soldiers

    Jun 14, 2012

    Bowling professionals taught Soldiers from Fort Meade's Warrior Transition Unit and their families the art of bowling on June 9. In groups of 15, a total of 60 Soldiers were given two-hour lessons from the team of veteran bowlers at no charge.

  • Williams Family honored for Volunteer Award

    Jun 13, 2012

    AUSA European Department Volunteer Family of the Year

  • Team Bliss responds to hurricane exercise

    Jun 13, 2012

    It happens within a few hours. A hurricane striking the Gulf of Mexico wreaks havoc on the coast. Thousands of people are left homeless and in need of medical attention. This single incident can overwhelm the capacity of any one entity. The cries for help and assistance puts a strain on local health and emergency services which in turn requires help from state and federal emergency services. "It is critical to have an emergency plan in place and also a medical facility for patients to be evacuated to during a natural disaster," said Lt. Col. Villalobos, William Beaumont Army Medical Center and coordinator of the U.S. Army Federal Coordinating Center.

  • Organ donation: A gift for life

    Jun 13, 2012

    Every 10 minutes in the United States a name is added to the organ transplant waiting list. Each day 18 people die waiting for an organ. "I had never really thought about organ donation," said Joey Colleng, a telecommunications specialist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The Air Force veteran started dialysis in 2000 and waited nearly four years for a kidney transplant. "It wasn't until after I got my transplant that I got my donor card," Colleng admitted noting that sometimes reality has to hit for people to understand the importance of something. "It's different when it finally happens to you or someone you know."

  • Colonel honored with humanitarian award from the Brain Mapping Foundation for work with TBI

    Jun 13, 2012

    U.S. Army Colonel Geoffrey S. F. Ling, M.D., Ph.D., who has been at the cutting edge of brain injury research since the mid 1990s was awarded the Humanitarian Award from the Brain Mapping Foundation in a ceremony in Toronto, Canada earlier this month. Ling is a professor and the interim Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the U.S.'s only military medical school--the Uniformed Services University (USU) and also the Program Director at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

  • GIS maps Soldier health

    Jun 13, 2012

    Within U.S. Army Public Health Command's G-6 Directorate of Information Management/Information Technology is a small team of geographers who use maps to tell some very detailed stories. The team takes data with a spatial component and puts them in a format that often reveals relationships, patterns and trends.

  • Proper use of contact lenses essential to eye health

    Jun 13, 2012

    Like any piece of equipment or technology, contact lenses must be used correctly to function at their best. Misuse can lead to a host of vision trouble -- a serious issue when it comes to a Soldier's mission capability.

  • New center to combat complex, psychological war wounds

    Jun 13, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June 13, 2012) -- Fort Belvoir Community Hospital broke ground on the first satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence today. The Fort Belvoir NICoE satellite, expected to open in a year, will extend the care of the NICoE facility at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to area service members suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions.

  • MRICD Employees Earn Specialized Professional Certification

    Jun 12, 2012

    Two employees of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense have earned their credentials as certified professional Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee administrators through a program developed by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

  • Clinical Data Visualization: Improving EMR Delivery and Usage

    Jun 12, 2012

    As the amount of digital health-related information has increased over the years, Clinical Data Visualization, which includes the presentation of captured data as well as the user interface to access that data, is becoming more important to many.

  • USAMRICD hosts 18th bioscience review

    Jun 11, 2012

    The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense hosted its 18th Biennial Medical Defense Bioscience Review in Hunt Valley, Md., May 20-24, 2012.

  • Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade's $62 million campus opens

    Jun 11, 2012

    Fort Hood's Soldiers in Transition have new home. Warrior Transition Brigade's new $62 million eco-friendly campus consolidates services and programs and allows wounded, ill or injured Soldiers to live and work in state of the art facilities.

  • Malaria, dengue fever, leishmania rapid detection devices to be fielded

    Jun 11, 2012

    The leishmania assay, the third of a trio of arthropod vector rapid detection devices developed by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, received its individual national stock number Jun. 4, 2012, after a recommendation submitted by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board.

  • Health Affairs chief thanks SAMMC staff, patients

    Jun 11, 2012

    The top official of military medicine visited with wounded warriors, toured the new burn unit, and the emergency department at San Antonio Military Medical Center on Friday.

  • USAMRIID Soldier Captures MEDCOM NCO of the Year Award

    Jun 8, 2012

    Staff Sgt. Craig Wayman, an emergency management medic from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Md., was named of NCO of the Year by the U.S. Army Medical Command June 8.

  • Caregivers learn, share at USO conference

    Jun 8, 2012

    Caregivers gathered at the Joint Base San Antonio Sam Houston Community Center May 30 to tackle issues facing those who care for wounded, ill and injured service members.

  • Soldier serves with big heart, helps Afghan children

    Jun 7, 2012

    On one blustery Sunday morning, Spc. Helen Jeschow is enfolded in a bright blue wave of burqas the minute she walks through the gate, as women enveloped head-to-toe in the traditional garb of the region rush to greet her.

  • Experts concerned about high stress

    Jun 7, 2012

    Fort Meade's medical and substance abuse experts are working to combat an increase in stress among Soldiers and Department of the Army civilians that has resulted in concerns about suicide, workplace burnout and hostility.

  • WTU Soldiers graduate, prepare for future

    Jun 7, 2012

    FORT SILL, Okla.--Two Soldiers from the Fort Sill Warrior Transition Unit recently graduated from Cameron University. Staff Sgt. Marcos Jimenez and Sgt. Richard Johnson graduated May 4. Even though both of them have been part of the WTU, their paths have been different.

  • Wounded Warriors welcome new leader

    Jun 7, 2012

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (June7) -- A new leader will oversee Wounded Warrior's healing in Fort Belvoir facilities. Lt. Col. Renee Joseph assumed interim command of the Warrior Transition Battalion from Lt. Col. Angel Mesa during a change of command ceremony in Specker Field House June 1.

  • Fort Hood WTB opens new campus to help Soldiers heal

    Jun 7, 2012

    FORT HOOD, Texas -- Soldiers assigned to the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade here now have a consolidated campus environment to better serve their needs and fit their mission of healing. III Corps and Fort Hood Commanding General Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr. joined WTB leadership June 6 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new WTB barracks to officially open the complex.

  • Tripler's Cystic Fibrosis Center hosts educational, social event for families

    Jun 7, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Members of the military's tight-knit cystic fibrosis community gathered at the Hale Koa hotel in Waikiki, here, May 25, for Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Day.

  • Tripler surgeon honored with 'Mahalo Award'

    Jun 7, 2012

    HONOLULU -- One of Tripler's own recently received the Mahalo Service Award from the Hawaii Speech-Language Hearing Foundation.

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