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  • Emergent, urgent or routine - when to visit the Emergency Department

    Sep 6, 2013

    It's 2 a.m., and your 2-year-old is congested, running a fever, has some sort of rash and can't sleep. You're considering a trip to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Emergency Department, but is it necessary? All beneficiaries find themselves in this, or a similar situation at one time or another. When is the right time to go to the Emergency Department? Do you need emergent, urgent or routine care, and what's the difference anyway? It's all the same medical system, right?

  • Vice chief Campbell: Suicide prevention 365-day-a-year mission

    Sep 3, 2013

    September is suicide awareness month and while the Army will highlight suicide prevention this month, the service's vice chief said the effort is year-round.

  • Recognize signs of suicide to save a life

    Sep 3, 2013

    The best way to help prevent suicidal behavior is to pay attention to your loved ones, battle buddies, friends and coworkers and watch for changes in their behavior.

  • Army Surgeon General Calls a Stand-Up for Health Training Day

    Sep 3, 2013

    Last month, the Army Surgeon General and commander U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho officially announced Army Medicine's System for Health and the Performance Triad during a MEDCOM-wide Stand-Up For Health Training Day.

  • Defense Health Agency leans forward to change

    Sep 3, 2013

    In the military, pomp and ceremony usually denotes an end to a new beginning . On October 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, there will be the casing of the colors of the Tricare Management Activity (TMA) and the raising of a flag to celebrate the creation of a new activity called the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

  • A call to action in Stand-Up for Health Day

    Aug 29, 2013

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Aug. 29, 2013) -- Recently, the Army Surgeon General and commander U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho officially announced Army Medicine's System for Health and the Performance Triad during a MEDCOM-wide Stand Up For Health Training Day.

  • Army Medical Program Prepares to Upgrade EMR System

    Aug 28, 2013

    Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), the current Army electronic medical record (EMR) system, is in the final stages of preparation for a major upgrade that will better support all EMR users, Soldiers and veterans whose care is electronically documented. Testing of the updated MC4 EMR system for fielding concluded in June. The next iteration of the MC4 software suite, known as EMR, will also include an operating system upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 and in conjunction with the new EMR, significant enhancements for medical logistics (MEDLOG). MC4 customers will receive the new suite during system fielding scheduled from November 2013 through April 2014. All customer support will continue during and beyond fielding.

  • Resiliency Training at MDW

    Aug 26, 2013

    Resiliency is a transferable skill that transcends both the work and personal environment. All U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW) staff has been taking part in mandatory resiliency skill training at Fort McNair. For the next 12 months MDW will run mandatory resilience skill training on various topics relating to resiliency. Each month has a different focus.

  • DOD partners to combat brain injury

    Aug 16, 2013

    Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs gathered, Aug. 14, 2013, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the Military Health System Research Symposium to discuss the future of research on mental health and traumatic brain injury.

  • TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

    Aug 14, 2013

    The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas

  • Restful sleep third prong of Performance Triad

    Aug 13, 2013

    Going without sleep can make Soldiers feel more than just a little grumpy and groggy at work, said a sleep medicine consultant on the Army's Performance Triad program.

  • Keeping Soldiers active first prong on Performance Triad

    Aug 9, 2013

    "As an Army we must be ready and resilient. We need to fully appreciate the impact that the Performance Triad has on our daily lives," said the Army's surgeon general.

  • Eating for health, performance second prong of Performance Triad

    Aug 9, 2013

    Soldiers who switch to a healthier diet will notice an immediate change in how they feel and perform, said a registered dietitian.

  • Army medicine, VA share focus on behavioral health concerns

    Jul 15, 2013

    Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for Soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals.

  • Ready and Resilient Campaign Update

    Jul 15, 2013

    The Ready and Resilient Campaign reinforces the demonstrated resilience of the U.S. Army Soldiers, civilians and families over the past 12 years.

  • Army Initiating Collaborative Effort to Address TBI, PTSD

    Jul 12, 2013

    "The invisible wounds - post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury - are just as damaging as the visible ones. They impact the families as well as the Soldiers," said Brig. Gen. John M. Cho, a doctor, and deputy chief of staff for operations with Army Medical Command.

  • Beat the Heat

    Jul 8, 2013

    Summer is a beautiful time of year; however, we should always be aware of the associated dangers lurking around the corner.

  • Client-centered clinics: Medical 'homes' for Soldiers

    Jul 5, 2013

    "The whole purpose behind PCMH is to improve quality of care," said Samara Walker, McDonald Army Health Center PCMH project manager. "I consider continuity of care fundamental to that purpose."

  • Protect your eyes from ultraviolet light

    Jul 1, 2013

    July is Ultraviolet Light Safety Month, and anyone who has been sunburned in the past knows the effects of too much sun and UV light exposure.

  • Children can eat healthy while on-the-go

    Jul 1, 2013

    Finding easy, creative ways to add more fruits and vegetables in place of other foods may be important in reducing risk for child and youth obesity.

  • Stand Down teaches troops to prevail in battle against sexual harassment and assault

    Jul 1, 2013

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- 402nd Field Artillery Brigade held a Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program Stand Down June 26 at Biggs Park here, featuring guest speakers and blocks of training supporting the Army's fight against sexual assault.

  • Army Medicine's Secure Messaging Service activates here Monday

    Jun 28, 2013

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Effective Monday, Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, or RWBAHC, enrollees will be able to conveniently communicate online with their primary care providers at RWBAHC via secure messaging.

  • Alaska Warrior Transition Units ready, dedicated to helping wounded warriors

    Apr 29, 2013

    Warrior Transition Battalion-Alaska staff members, both military and civilian, work hard to instill this confidence and earn the trust of the Soldiers who are assigned to their unit.

  • Adaptive sports aid Soldier's recovery, help prepare for 2013 Warrior Games

    Apr 26, 2013

    When service members deploy, their mentality is to stay focused with determination and courage to succeed in their given mission. However, when they are injured in combat -- to stay focused is not about the mission, it's about getting back confidence that is sometimes lost.

  • Ways to engage your family to eat nutriously

    Apr 26, 2013

    Good nutrition is a family affair, whether one member has a few pounds to lose or if everyone just wants to have good health and the energy to do the activities they love. There are a number of things you can do to engage your family in food-related matters so that meals and snacks can be both nutritious and delicious.

  • National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

    Apr 25, 2013

    The week celebrates laboratory medicine and recognizes the professionalism of lab personnel and their efforts. Since the development of this field in the 1920s, the laboratory science professional has played a progressively more critical role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.

  • Effects of mTBI on marksmanship abilities, weapons utilization tasks

    Apr 25, 2013

    Approximately 90 percent of acute mild traumatic brain injury patients and 80 percent of chronic mTBI patients display vestibular disorders, such as vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium. In addition, reports from occupational and physical therapists indicate that Soldiers recovering from mTBI experience balance-related difficulties with weapons utilization.

  • Chaplain, combat medics, sharpen skills during mass casualty exercise

    Apr 23, 2013

    The "Mass Casualty" alarm could be heard over loud speakers throughout Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, April 8, 2013.

  • Adaptive sports boost wounded warriors' confidence

    Apr 22, 2013

    Several wounded warriors suited up with pads, helmets and gloves, as they learned the ins and outs of adaptive lacrosse during a clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Md., April 11, 2013.

  • Mass casualty exercise prepares Task Force Jaguar for mission in El Salvador

    Apr 8, 2013

    SONSONATE, El Salvador -- Joint Task Force Jaguar recently tested itself by conducting a mass casualty exercise here as it prepares for Beyond the Horizon 2013 mission.

  • Latest Report Indicates Autism is on the Rise

    Apr 5, 2013

    FORT HOOD, Texas --The likelihood of a school-aged American child receiving a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome or a related developmental disorder is on the rise. In 2006, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated one in every 110 children was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. That number has risen to 1 in 50, according to an analysis of a phone survey of parents released in March 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day observed April 27

    Apr 5, 2013

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be observed locally and nationwide April 27. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the day is specifically set aside to allow an opportunity to empty medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, purses and pillboxes of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs, and take them to authorized collection sites in local communities.

  • Army kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Apr 5, 2013

    The Army launched its official recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the courtyard of the Pentagon, April 5, 2013, with the announcement of a new theme meant to convey how the service hopes to eradicate sexual assault within the ranks.

  • Month of the Military Child: Children First

    Apr 5, 2013

    What do all of us have in common when it comes to children? Protecting them.

  • Army Announces 2013 Warrior Games Team

    Apr 4, 2013

    The Warrior Transition Command announced the Army team for the 2013 Warrior Games, April 3, 2013, in Alexandria, Va.

  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back, April 27

    Apr 3, 2013

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: We own it...We'll solve it...Together

    Apr 3, 2013

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month across the Army and is part of a national initiative that designates the month of April to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

  • Army Medic Named 2013 DA Exceptional SARC of the Year

    Apr 3, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Josalette Simmons has been selected the Department of the Army Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year for 2013. Simmons, a Medic assigned to U. S. Army Forces Command, was one of several candidates to make it as a nominee for the DA title.

  • Army Dentistry Introduces "Going First Class"

    Apr 3, 2013

    Do you want to get a cleaning with your annual dental exam? If you had a cavity, wouldn't you like to take care of it the same day, too?" In an effort to enhance the command functioning as an operating company model and create a consistent patient/employee experience, the U.S. Army Dental Command (DENCOM) continues the planning stages of the Army Dentistry Go First Class (GFC) Initiative.

  • SecArmy reviews new tools to improve behavioral health

    Feb 6, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh stepped into a high-tech world of psychology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 6, 2013.

  • Army recognizes patients during Patient Recognition Month

    Feb 5, 2013

    Blanchfield Army Community Hospital command and staff joined Army Medicine worldwide in honoring patients during Patient Recognition Month.

  • SecArmy orders 'Ready and Resilient Campaign'

    Feb 5, 2013

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh Feb. 4, 2013, directed that programs from resilience training to suicide prevention be part of a wide-ranging "Ready and Resilient Campaign" plan, which will launch later this month.

  • February Children's Dental Health Month activities held by DENTAC

    Feb 3, 2013

    Children's Dental Health Month activities will be held by the Fort Leonard Wood Dental Activity staff for children at post elementary schools, child development centers, and libraries throughout the month of February. Dentists and dental healthcare workers across the country traditionally visit schools, daycares, and public healthcare centers to promote oral health to children during this annual observance, and it's no different on a military installation. DENTAC staff will be out in full force to reach as many children as possible and perform skits, read stories, and have classroom question-and-answer fun for both children and parents.

  • Army surgeon general dons new female body armor

    Feb 1, 2013

    Officials with PEO Soldier reviewed and discussed the improvements of the new female specific tactical vest with Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Jan. 31, 2013.

  • Handwashing: The 'do-it-yourself' vaccine

    Feb 1, 2013

    Handwashing with soap is an affordable "do-it-yourself" vaccine that effectively prevents disease.

  • Corps of Engineers awards $648 million Fort Bliss replacement hospital

    Jan 31, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, awarded a $648 million contract, Jan. 29, 2013, for the construction of the Fort Bliss, Texas, replacement hospital.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Northwest service members celebrate holidays

    Dec 20, 2012

    The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Medical Department Holiday Ball was held on a cold, blustery and magical Dec. 15 evening full of tradition and ceremony. Ball attendees ranged in rank and title from flag officers to privates and civil servants accompanied by family members and special dates.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Flight Medic receives Distinguished Flying Cross

    Dec 11, 2012

    Army Flight Medic Receives Distunguished Fyling Cross

  • 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.

  • It's always time to make a HEDIS "wellness check" appointment

    Dec 6, 2012

    The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America's healthcare plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. "HEDIS is a tool used to reduce the need for future reactive care," said Cindy Huff, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital HEDIS nurse. "An ounce of prevention is still better than a pound of cure," added Huff. "Benjamin Franklin's famous quote is as true today as it was long ago."

  • U.S. Army Surgeon General's office recognizes Mother-Baby Unit

    Dec 3, 2012

    The Mother-Baby Unit at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital was honored for providing a higher satisfaction rate than at any other obstetrical unit in the Army in 2012. This prestigious U.S. Army Surgeon General's office recognition was based on almost 3 years of accumulated satisfaction surveys. Specifically, hard work and dedication, friendly, effective communication with patients, pristine facility, and excellence in care were categories evaluated by the Surgeon General's office.

  • Warrior Games to be held Dec. 7 in Heidelberg

    Nov 30, 2012

    Wounded warriors to compete for Commander's Cup bragging rights in Heidelberg next week.

  • Army Emphasizes Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship during Warrior Care Month

    Nov 2, 2012

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- In November the military services observe Warrior Care Month, commemorating the sacred obligation and enduring mission to care for the Nation's most wounded, ill and injured Service Members and to support them as they transition back to the Force or leave military service.

  • Army-wide Warrior Transition Unit Stand Down: 'Begin with the Basics'

    Nov 2, 2012

    As part of Warrior Care Month the Army Surgeon General directed an Army-wide Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Stand Down focusing on 'Begin with the Basics' customer service training for leaders, cadre and staff. Senior leaders will participate in a VTC and then take the training to other WTU staff members. Events will be held on Monday, November 5, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. Eastern across Army locations where there are WTUs and Community Based Warrior Transition Units (CBWTUs), as part of Warrior Care Month observances.

  • West region medics earn Army's Best Medic title

    Oct 30, 2012

    More than 60 Army medics faced a range of obstacles during the Army's Best Medic Competition, Oct. 26-28, 2012.

  • Disability Awareness Month: Resources help veterans secure jobs

    Oct 11, 2012

    Brad Bellas has worked since he was 11 years old. He's worked for family-owned businesses, performed odd jobs to put himself through school and enlisted as a Soldier in the U.S. Army. So when the former sergeant was forced to leave the military due to medical issues last year, he faced the daunting task of securing a job in the civilian workforce.

  • Depression is real and it hurts

    Oct 11, 2012

    Clinical symptoms of depression, while important in diagnosing depression, do little to explain the true anguish felt by people suffering from depression.

  • Depression, anxiety: Flip sides of the same coin

    Oct 11, 2012

    Depression and anxiety can feel like a misery that will never end.

  • Mammograms: Make it routine

    Oct 11, 2012

    Christine Hutchison was 22 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. No family history, no knowledge of the bright pink ribbons that adorn store fronts and shirt lapels. Hutchison had no connection to breast cancer. "It was a shock," said the young Fort Bliss military spouse as she sat at a Power of Pink kick-off event Sept. 21 at Del Sol Hospital in El Paso. Hutchison's picture was proudly displayed among a row of other survivors -- she being the youngest member of the project. "You don't think about cancer when you're under 40," Hutchison said. "But it can happen to anyone."

  • Fort Bliss Soldier healing to transition

    Oct 10, 2012

    Spc. Hope Clark calls herself a broken Soldier. The Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas, just calls her a Soldier -- with goals, candor and an understanding of what transition opportunities for wounded warriors is really about.

  • Walking through the dark valley of depression

    Oct 5, 2012

    As autumn brings cooler temperatures and thoughts of holiday activities, I ask you to pause for a moment to reflect on how depression can wreak havoc in people's lives. Most of us know a relative, a loved one or a friend who struggles with depression. Sometimes, you or I might be the one experiencing an inner anguish. There are numerous factors that cause depression, including biochemistry, genetics, family history, substance abuse, being ill, diet and experiencing a difficult life event.

  • Medical Recruiting Brigade Celebrates Five Years of Success

    Oct 4, 2012

    The Medical Recruiting Brigade has enjoyed success in a very difficult mission for the Army: recruiting medical professionals -- including physicians, dentists, veterinarians and nurses, as well as chaplains, warrant officers and Special Operations Soldiers.

  • Eye opening benefits offered at Madigan

    Oct 4, 2012

    Battling with glasses and contacts are common tasks that many Soldiers are subjected to when their vision isn't perfect. Fortunately for Soldiers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the opportunity to rid themselves of steamed up glasses and lost contacts is as simple as a visit to their local on post hospital.

  • Army pharmacists: The medication experts

    Oct 3, 2012

    The profession of pharmacy is more than a "lick, stick, and pour" dispensary role. Pharmacists are often seen as the pill dispensers -- handing your prescription to you across the counter with instructions on how to take your medicine. Pharmacy professionals take great pride in giving their best to Soldiers, retirees and beneficiaries. The professionals review medication profiles for potential drug interactions, counsel and understand biochemical mechanisms of actions of drugs, drugs' uses, therapeutic roles, side effects and monitoring parameters.

  • Vaccines prevent spread of flu virus

    Oct 2, 2012

    The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. There are two vaccination options available for the flu virus. The inactivated (killed) vaccine is administered as an injection and can be given to people from six months of age and older. The live (weakened) vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils and is recommended for people between the ages of two through forty-nine, who are not pregnant, and in healthy condition. Both methods are effective in protecting against the virus for a year.

  • TSG Pays Tribute to the Legacy of "Army Medics"

    Oct 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army Medical Department Museum (AMEDD Museum) is now the home of the nation's first monument recognizing AMEDD recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, spoke of the bravery and legacy of these "Army Medics" during the official dedication of the AMEDD Medal of Honor Walk held on Friday, September 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. on the grounds of the AMEDD Museum.

  • AMEDD Regiment Receives New Leadership

    Oct 1, 2012

    Lt. Gen Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, presided over the Change of the Regiment held at Fort Sam Houston's AMEDD Museum on Friday, September 28, 2012.

  • Top Medic Team Competition identifies region's best

    Sep 28, 2012

    Thirty-four medic Soldiers from Western Regional Medical Command put their skills to the test Sept. 17-20, 2012, during the Top Medic Competition, hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Madigan Health Care System.

  • ''Performance Triad" to change focus of Army Medicine

    Sep 27, 2012

    In the dust and heat of Afghanistan, an idea that will change the face of Army medicine took root in the heart and mind of Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the Army surgeon general. It was transplanted to home soil and cultivated at a workshop held Sept. 18--21 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. As it matures, the idea will shift the focus of U.S. Army Medical Command from "a healthcare system to a system for health."

  • VA, DOD streamline disability exams

    Sep 27, 2012

    Injured Soldiers dread the uncertainty. Am I medically fit to stay in the Army? If I get out, what disability do I qualify for? What if I don't want my career to end? A few years ago, these questions would have consumed Soldiers and their time as they shuffled between the medical board appointments of the Army and later the disability exams offered by Department of Veteran Affairs -- a process that could stretch as long as 540 days. Today a new system has shortened the overlap between the two agencies giving injured Soldiers a streamlined approach to determining fitness for duty and a proposed VA disability rating all before leaving military service. The Integrated Disability Evaluation System is a collaboration between Department of Defense and the VA to make disability evaluation seamless, simple, fast and fair.

  • Madigan Army Medical Center recognizes sacrifices of prisoners, those missing

    Sep 24, 2012

    As part of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Madigan Army Medical Center held a somber POW/MIA ceremony Sept. 21. Madigan's Sergeant Audie Murphy Club hosted the event. The ceremony honored the service and sacrifices of POWs and to help never forget those missing in action.

  • Forward surgical team performs minor procedure

    Sep 24, 2012

    The 250th Forward Surgical Team performed minor surgical procedures during a field training exercise Sept. 21 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Throughout the week-long exercise, Soldiers of the 250th and 102nd Forward Surgical Teams performed patient care in an austere setting.

  • Soldiers give time, hugs to children with heart conditions

    Sep 6, 2012

    It's not always about recruiting for four Sacramento recruiters who usually spend their time looking for Future Soldiers. In early August, the recruiters volunteered at the annual "When I Grow Up" event for children with heart conditions.....

  • Nielsen provides Army perspective to hometown

    Sep 6, 2012

    Col. Peter Nielsen, chief of clinical operations for Western Regional Medical Command, was the guest speaker at a private opening reception of a special exhibition at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. La.

  • WBAMC sets sights on laser eye clinic

    Sep 5, 2012

    It's no guarantee that they won't need glasses. But laser eye surgery has Army Soldiers lining up for a chance to leave behind their gas mask inserts and enjoy a day at the range without glasses sliding down their sweaty noses. "There's no such thing as perfect vision," said Frances Sanchez, clinic supervisor of the Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. And so a laser eye operation is no guarantee of a life without spectacles -- especially as patients age. "But a large majority of laser-eye surgery patients go on to function without glasses," said Lt. Col. Daniel Washburn, chief of the WRESP at William Beaumont. WBAMC is in the process of opening its own Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Clinic -- one of a dozen offered to Army personnel throughout the country.

  • Fort Bliss' Mendoza Clinic gets first commander

    Sep 5, 2012

    The Spc. Hugo V. Mendoza Soldier Family Care Center has become the first outpatient primary care facility on Fort Bliss to transition to a formal command structure. Col. Marc Caouette, a former enlisted Army medic and now a 27-year Army commissioned officer, was named the first commander of the Mendoza clinic during an Aug. 30 ceremony. The command structure is expected to eventually expand to include all empanelled primary care facilities and services offered at Fort Bliss. "Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be entrusted with the command of a medical treatment facility," Caouette said, "certainly not (commander of) the largest freestanding primary care clinic in the Army."

  • Suicide prevention: A healthy force is a ready force

    Sep 4, 2012

    The Army has designated September as Suicide Prevention Month and joins the nation in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-14, 2012, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Aug 30, 2012

    See how the U.S. Army is learning to diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injuries.

  • Defining moments: retired major general continues service as volunteer surgeon

    Aug 16, 2012

    Carla Hawley-Bowland stands outside an operating room in the Labor and Delivery Department at William Beaumont Army Medical Center here. The 60-year-old doctor is clad in green scrubs. Bright red shoes -- a gift from the staff at Walter Reed Medical Center -- are hidden beneath a pair of blue booties. She is a surgeon waiting for her patient. Hawley-Bowland is also a retired Army maojr general, and the first female general officer in the Army Medical Corps.

  • MEDCOM, Army South mission improves eyesight for Dominicans, builds partner nation capacity

    Aug 1, 2012

    U.S. Army South and U.S. Medical Command conducted an annual cataract medical readiness training exercise in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 10-27, 2012.

  • Madigan welcomes new senior enlisted advisor

    Jul 27, 2012

    Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Brady assumed the responsibilities of the senior enlisted advisor July 13. Brady will advise the commander about enlisted and NCO matters and will be responsible for the standards, morale, welfare and training of all military personnel. He replaces Sgt. Maj. Chris Jenkins, who served as the Madigan senior enlisted advisor for the past year.

  • Irwin gets new commander

    Jul 27, 2012

    Soldiers and civilians with the Fort Riley Medical Department Activity bid farewell to Col. Michael Heimall and welcomed Col. Barry Pockrandt during a change of command ceremony July 13 on Cavalry Parade Field here.


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