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  • War Hero, Lucca, highlights importance of Military Working Dogs, Veterinary Corps

    Apr 19, 2016

    Lucca, a U.S. Marine Corps specialized search dog, made history when she received the United Kingdom's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals Dickin Medal, considered the highest military honor for animals world-wide, on April 5, 2016. As part of the Military Working Dog program, over her six-year career, Lucca personally ensured the safe return of all the American troops she accompanied on more than 400 patrols she completed during three deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 'New BAMC' marks 20th anniversary

    Apr 19, 2016

    Brooke Army Medical Center celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of "New BAMC" April 13 with a ceremony in the San Antonio Military Medical Center Medical Mall. Guests were treated to a slide show of photographs from the past and a walk down memory lane from guest speaker Dr. Gregg Anders who was the chief of pulmonary and critical care 20 years ago when patients were moved from main post to the new facility.

  • "Healthy" gift baskets awarded to nutrition trivia winners

    Apr 18, 2016

    Four lucky winners at William Beaumont Army Medical Center received "healthy" gift baskets from the Nutrition Care Division, April 14.

  • Reynolds rumors: Changes coming, but hospital staff will continue to meet most patient needs

    Apr 14, 2016

    With the upcoming Fort Sill reorganization affecting most areas of the installation, Reynolds Army Community Hospital (RACH) is perhaps facing the most noticeable changes.

  • Forty-fourth Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West visits Fort Irwin

    Apr 12, 2016

    U.S. Army Lt. Gen. West, the 44th surgeon general of the Army and first African-American surgeon general, visited the Weed Army Community Hospital (WACH) on Fort Irwin, April 7 - 9 to tour facilities, meet staff members, speak with patients and consult with senior leadership at the WACH and National Training Center (NTC). While visiting Lt. Gen West met with key leaders on post, held a MEDDAC town hall for WACH staff and spent a day in the NTC "Box" observing a combat medical mass casualty training exercise.

  • Diabetes prevention focus of 2016 World Health Day

    Apr 8, 2016

    This year, World Health Day focuses on diabetes prevention and education.

  • BAMC staff honors Bataan survivors at memorial march

    Apr 7, 2016

    More than 6,600 marchers began the 2016 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 20 and Brooke Army Medical Center's team was among those who marched.

  • Resilience: powerful anecdote to adversity

    Apr 6, 2016

    Retired Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum was a guest speaker during Intrepid Spirit's Open House. Recently, the Desert Storm veteran shared her story of resilience in the midst of adversity to a packed conference room at Fort Hood Intrepid Spirit's open house, held in conjunction with March's Brain Injury Awareness Month. Her message: Resilience can help anyone get through something, especially catastrophic events.

  • 2nd Forward Surgical Team trains with real and simulated patients

    Apr 5, 2016

    The 10th Combat Support Hospital's 2nd Forward Surgical Team conducted a training exercise named "Operation EACH Shield" to train and validate the team's roles and processes. The two-day exercise ended April 1 and was a collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson (which operates Evans Army Community Hospital) and the Company C, 2 General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade. The 2nd FST's Commander Maj. Bradley A. Rittenhouse said the goal was to better prepare his Soldiers in the event the team is activated for a reactionary force mission and to exercise resuscitative and surgical capabilities while integrating with civilian medical facilities.

  • Career in medicine students receive hands-on training

    Apr 4, 2016

    Twelve middle-school students from The Colorado Springs School visited Evans Army Community Hospital on March 4 for a firsthand Army medicine experience. The Fort Carson visit was part of the school's annual 4-day out-of-the-classroom career seminar. "This seminar has had quite an impact on the students," said CSS Academic Dean Eric Gaylord. "The EACH staff worked side by side with the students in our CSS Careers in Medicine Seminar teaching and showing them what it is like to work in various medical fields. This is the kind of experience that can change the trajectory of a student's life."

  • Green Star protects patients, staff

    Apr 4, 2016

    Surgery can be a scary, life changing event. But for some patients the danger is not over when they leave the operating room. For some patients waking up after surgery in a strange, unfamiliar place can result in intense agitation that can result in restlessness, confusion and combativeness. The medical term for this is Emergence Delirium, or ED, and can be dangerous to the patient and the recovery room staff. Two years ago, Evans Army Community Hospital started the Green Star program which has helped to reduce ED encounters. "Any given day 6-7 patients of the potential for emergence delirium," said Sheila Carroll, a registered nurse who had 33 years of emergency room and trauma nursing experience before she was hired in 2010 to work in the Evans' Post Anesthesia Care Unit, better known as the recovery room. "After being hired here, one of the first patients I saw in the PACU had on the front of their chart in 6-inch, red letters PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) written on it. I thought that wasn't good, there has to be a better way of doing."

  • You can prevent mosquitoes from breeding

    Mar 21, 2016

    As the weather gets warmer and mosquito season draws near, it's important to think prevention. Mosquitoes can be a bothersome pest during backyard barbeques, yard work, or lounging around outside so don't let mosquitoes ruin your ability to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Since you can prevent mosquitoes from breeding, you can help create a healthier environment to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Fort Sill medical professionals save baby's life

    Mar 18, 2016

    Medical professionals at Reynolds Army Community Hospital overcame a series of challenges to save the life of a baby in respiratory distress, Feb. 16.

  • Swimming competition concludes Army Trials

    Mar 15, 2016

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Swimming competition was a fitting way to conclude the 2016 Army Trials, held at Fort Bliss, Texas, March 6-10. Of the seven adaptive sports in which more than 100 Army athletes took part in with hopes of securing 45 coveted slots at the 2016 Warrior Games, swimming is said to be among the most physically taxing.

  • Army combat medic educators advance battlefield, training skills

    Mar 15, 2016

    Approximately 400 combat medic educators gathered for the 68W (Combat Medic) Leader Symposium from March 7-11 at Lackland Air Force Base with the same goal -- to impart knowledge to their 68W health care specialists on the latest ways to remain medically proficient and technically competent. 68Ws from Active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve along with Special Operations Forces from the Rangers, Civil Affairs and Special Operations Support Battalions and health care providers and nurses participated.

  • Army archery athletes compete for gold

    Mar 14, 2016

    FORT BLISS, Texas --The 2016 Army Warrior Trials archery competition took place at Fort Bliss, Texas March 9, with 24 athletes competing for their spot on the podium, in front of a raucous crowd.

  • New Intrepid Spirit Center marks milestone in TBI treatment at Fort Hood

    Mar 11, 2016

    FORT HOOD, Texas--The grand opening of the Intrepid Spirit Center here, March 9, marked a significant milestone in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, according to Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg, III Corps deputy commanding general for support. He said the Army's newest weapon in the fight against TBI, post-traumatic stress and pain management is meant to send a clear message to Soldiers and Family members battling the effects -- you are not alone.

  • Fort Hood's CRDAMC anesthetists learn sedation tricks for Army's four-legged Soldiers

    Mar 11, 2016

    Since military working dogs are also Soldiers and rate the same medical care as their two-legged brothers and sisters, doctors and nurses must know how to operate and treat wounded and injured canines.

  • National safe sleep hospital certification program recognizes SAMMC

    Mar 10, 2016

    San Antonio Military Medical Center was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a "Silver Certified Sleep Leader," for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. SAMMC is the first hospital in Texas to receive this recognition.

  • Soldier showcases resilient spirit at Army Trials

    Mar 10, 2016

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Maj. Pierre Larkin has dedicated more than 30 years to the military, serving in multiple branches including the Army. Scheduled for retirement in mid-March, he's currently hoping to represent his country again by earning a spot on Team Army for the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games.

  • Veteran returns to Army Trials: Takes up sailing to find inner peace

    Mar 10, 2016

    FORT BLISS, Texas -- Last year retired Staff Sgt. Ricardo Villalobos fell in the 30k open upright cycling race in the Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He could not make up lost ground and finished fourth. Villalobos, who goes by his middle name Anthony, is back at Fort Bliss competing in the 2016 U.S. Army Trials. His experience from last year makes him optimistic he can earn a spot on the team again. He already finished second in the men's 30k open event.

  • February is Heart Health Awareness Month

    Feb 4, 2016

    February is also Heart Health Awareness Month. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women?

  • Heart Health

    Feb 3, 2016

    Cardiovascular disease prevention is important for the readiness of the U.S. Army. According to the Department of Defense's 2008 Survey of Health Related Behaviors, approximately 17 percent of Soldiers have been diagnosed with hypertension since they entered the Army.

  • GLWACH's DoD-VA healthcare agreement expands statewide

    Feb 3, 2016

    Veterans assigned to all five Missouri Veterans Administration Medical Centers and hospitals may now receive specialty care at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital according to an agreement signed Wednesday, Jan. 27. Veterans interested in receiving care at GLWACH should contact their VA primary care teams. VA primary care teams are the approval authorities for specialty inpatient and outpatient services for Veterans who live within their VA facility's catchment areas according to the agreements.

  • Zika Virus: What you need to know and do

    Jan 29, 2016

    The Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. It spread to Brazil in early 2015 and by Jan 27 was in 22 countries in the Americas. People who contracted Zika infection overseas have been found in Texas, Arkansas, Hawaii, and Virginia, but there has been no transmission in the US. Bites from certain types of mosquitos found in the southeastern United States transmit the virus. Fortunately, dropping temperatures decrease virus transmission and freezing temperatures kill the mosquitos.

  • Free program leads to dental career

    Jan 28, 2016

    Military ID card holders will have an opportunity to participate in an orientation aimed at earning credentials as a dental assistant through the American Red Cross and U.S. Army Dental Activity-Fort Bliss, Feb. 3.

  • Center promotes healthy lifestyle changes

    Jan 28, 2016

    With many people making fitness goals as part of their New Year's resolutions, they may want to take advantage of the free health screenings and wellness education offered by the Fort Sill Army Wellness Center. The center is to open active-duty service members, family members, DoD civilians and military retirees. Family members younger than 18, must be referred to the facility by Reynolds Army Community Hospital (RACH).

  • Support group helps to hear beyond the ringing

    Jan 28, 2016

    Bonnie Pendleton, audiologist at Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Fort Sill, Okla., talks about tinnitus during a support group, Jan. 22, 2016.

  • New moms give high marks to SAMMC for labor, delivery care

    Jan 26, 2016

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- San Antonio Military Medical Center remains the Defense Department's highest-rated facility for maternal-child satisfaction, according to TRICARE Inpatient Satisfaction Surveys.

  • Maj. Gen. Tempel visits Ft. Irwin to talk to WACH, NTC Soldiers and families

    Jan 25, 2016

    Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel, Jr, commenting upon departure from a three-day visit to Fort Irwin Jan 19-21: "The MEDDAC personnel working so hard here on Fort Irwin have one of the highest patient satisfaction rates anywhere in the U.S. Army and I'm overwhelmingly proud of them and what they are doing."

  • Get to Know: East Bliss Health and Dental Clinic

    Jan 25, 2016

    Soldiers and units on the East side of Fort Bliss, Texas, have options for health care that doesn't include a long haul away from their units.

  • January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

    Jan 22, 2016

    No woman should die of cervical cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Army physicians use creative solutions to treat child

    Jan 21, 2016

    Doctors at Reynolds Army Community Hospital treated a child with a rare genetic disorder.

  • SMA Dailey's Senior Enlisted Council focuses on personnel

    Jan 21, 2016

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey sat down with senior sergeants major from around the U.S. Army to discuss issues that affect his biggest concern - the welfare of Soldiers - during a Senior Enlisted Council at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command on Fort Knox, Kentucky, Jan. 19-21.

  • Evans trains future physician assistants

    Jan 19, 2016

    Physicians at Evans Army Community Hospital have a primary mission of caring for today's Soldiers, retirees and family members who live in the Colorado Springs area. Their secondary mission, however, helps ensure that tomorrow's warriors, veterans and their families will be well cared for as well. Evans is one of 22 Department of Defense healthcare centers that is a Phase 2 Interservice Physician Assistant Program site. Each year 240 students from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard start Phase 1 of IPAP at Joint Base San Antonio. There they spend 16 months in basic medical science courses such as anatomy, pharmacology, radiology and hematology.

  • WBAMC accepts OHI

    Jan 15, 2016

    Other health insurances are accepted by William Beaumont Army Medical Center, depending on the beneficiaries' plan, says an employee in the collections office of the hospital.

  • Don't Know Where to Turn For a Sick Child? Call TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line

    Jan 14, 2016

    It's late at night and your child has a fever or ache. Deciding what kind of care they need can be confusing. As a TRICARE beneficiary, you have a resource that can help decide the best course of action. TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line (NAL) is available at no cost to TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. The NAL is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273) and choose option 1.

  • Late arrival first Fort Sill baby of 2016

    Jan 14, 2016

    Babies have their own way of surprising their parents, such as being conceived unexpectedly. But little Everett Thomas Fouts managed to not only be the first child of Staff Sgt. Ian Fouts and his wife, Carole, who wasn't conceived in a petri dish, he was also the largest at birth, and has the most propitious birthday. Everett was born at 1:01 p.m. on Jan.1 at Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill's first baby of 2016.

  • WBAMC fights back

    Jan 12, 2016

    Advances in technology have always helped progress civilization toward healthier and safer communities. From Edward Jenner's pioneering of vaccinations via the smallpox vaccine to current technological advances, healthcare continues to step forward in patient care and disease prevention.

  • WBAMC delivers El Paso's first baby of 2016

    Jan 12, 2016

    Although every "Beaumont Baby" is special, there is something extraordinary about welcoming a new life to the world for the New Year.

  • Local students gift smiles to Soldiers

    Jan 12, 2016

    Students from Nolan Richardson Middle School (NRMS) brought smiles to the faces of Soldiers with the Warrior Transition Battalion during a group field trip to the WTB aboard Fort Bliss, Dec. 17.

  • IACH Awarded Hospital Accreditation

    Jan 12, 2016

    Irwin Army Community Hospital received its coveted Gold Seal of Approval in December.

  • New Army wellness center offers tools for health, wellness, behavioral change

    Jan 7, 2016

    The Fort Leonard Wood Army Wellness Center is now available to community members, providing them with easy access to metabolic assessments, body composition testing, physical fitness assessments, health coaching, biofeedback (stress reduction), general wellness classes, unit briefings and unit assessments.

  • BAMC welcomes first baby of New Year

    Jan 7, 2016

    A few hours after the ball dropped in Times Square, Evelyn Rose Prochaska made an appearance at 6:24 a.m. on New Year's Day, marking San Antonio Military Medical Center's first delivery of 2016.

  • BAMC earns The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval

    Jan 5, 2016

    Brooke Army Medical Center, which includes San Antonio Military Medical Center and its outlying clinics, has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval� for accreditation. The Joint Commission accredited BAMC under two standards, the hospital standard and the behavioral health standard. The three-year accreditation award recognizes BAMC's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's standards for health care quality and safety.

  • New residential treatment program opens in San Antonio

    Jan 5, 2016

    Overcoming addictions is the mission of the new program on San Antonio Military Medical Center's 7W. Called the Substance Use Disorder Residential Treatment Program, the chief of the unit, Army Maj. Sandra Shelmerdine, explained the rigorous six-week program designed to help patients overcome their addictions to alcohol or illicit drug use.

  • CRDAMC welcomes first baby of 2016

    Jan 4, 2016

    It's been said, "It all starts with a kiss." Well, in the case of Capt. Michael and Jessica Brennan nothing could be truer as their son became the first baby born at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in 2016. Colin James Brennan arrived at 3:58 a.m. on January 1.

  • We have a winner! Adrian Ellis: 1st baby born at GLWACH in 2016!

    Jan 2, 2016

    Adrian Ellis, born at 2:22 a.m. New Year's Day here at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, is GLWACH's 1st baby of the New Year.

  • 2015 banner year for Army medicine

    Dec 23, 2015

    Army medical researchers continued to make great strides during 2015 in new technologies designed to save lives, reduce injuries and improve Soldier physical performance.

  • 2015 DoD Health Related Behaviors Survey Launches Worldwide

    Dec 22, 2015

    Active Duty service members will be randomly selected to represent their Service branch and complete an anonymous Health Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS). The survey, accessed online, takes about 40 minutes to complete.

  • What the first sergeant brings

    Dec 21, 2015

    The Army first sergeant is a specially-selected noncommissioned officer that is unparalleled in responsibilities and importance.

  • Army veterinarians capture injured owl

    Dec 18, 2015

    Army veterinarians capture injured owl in Texas.

  • Resuscitating Rex

    Dec 17, 2015

    Fort Sill Veterinary Treatment Facility staff taught firefighters how to give CPR and other first aid interventions to military working dogs and other animals.

  • More than a holiday; Tree denotes deployed Soldiers

    Dec 16, 2015

    There is something special about a tree at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

  • CNTP sets nurses ahead

    Dec 16, 2015

    A graduating ceremony for Class 15-152 with the six-month long Brig. Gen. Anna Mae Hays Clinical Nurses Transition Program (CNTP) was held at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Dec. 8.

  • IACH smoking cessation program helps Soldier kick the habit

    Dec 16, 2015

    Pvt. Hunter Chubb had already quit smoking. Basic Combat Training left him no choice. "That was a good thing," said the preventive medicine specialist with the Fort Riley Public Health Department. "I came to appreciate my new found freedom." Weeks after completing boot camp his freedom was cut short. A friend introduced him to the electronic cigarette. It wasn't the first time he'd seen the device. But there was something different.

  • Milley: Many Soldiers alive today because of Horoho

    Dec 15, 2015

    "I was there [in Afghanistan] to witness her performance, and it was incredible. There are many, many lives today that would not be living without the efforts of Patty Horoho," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley during a retirement review for Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho.

  • Reynolds Army Community Hospital session teaches leaders about Soldier readiness

    Dec 14, 2015

    Fort Sill conducted a Soldier Readiness Campaign development session Dec. 2, to increase communication between command teams and readiness support services that provide commanders a greater snapshot of potential readiness and other risk factors of their Soldiers.

  • Submission window for dozen Army fellowship programs closes Dec. 30

    Dec 4, 2015

    Dec. 30 submission deadlines are fast approaching for a dozen Army fellowship opportunities managed by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.

  • Maj. Gen. Tempel assumes command of Regional Health Command Central - Provisional

    Dec 4, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb relinquished command of Regional Health Command Central -Provisional to Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Tempel, Jr. during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum Amphitheater, Friday, Dec. 4.

  • Horoho relinquishes command of MEDCOM

    Dec 3, 2015

    Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho relinquished command of the U.S. Army Medical Command Dec. 3, after serving four years in command.

  • Patient makes post-stroke strides at brain injury clinic

    Dec 1, 2015

    The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service is a one-stop shop for patients with brain injuries such as strokes, aneurisms, tumors and severe traumatic brain injuries.

  • Health, wellness facility marks grand opening

    Nov 25, 2015

    A new Brooke Army Medical Center facility aimed at promoting health and wellness opened for business on main post Nov. 20.

  • Fort Carson MEDDAC restructures

    Nov 25, 2015

    Army Medicine is transforming to better support Army Force 2025 and beyond. And, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity- Fort Carson and its Evans Army Community Hospital are leading the way in those changes. The changes include a reorganization of the Army Medical Command organizational structure from five Regional Medical Commands to four multi-disciplinary Regional Health Commands. Also, the command team structure is also being standardized in Army medical activities' hospitals and clinics.

  • Medical Readiness Assessment Tool (MRAT)

    Nov 24, 2015

    The Medical Readiness Assessment Tool (MRAT) is a cloud-based, three-applications-in-one electronic decision support and screening tool that allows U.S. Army clinicians and non-clinician leaders to more proactively maintain Soldier readiness.

  • Well-Child Visits Promote Thriving, Resilient Children

    Nov 24, 2015

    A happy child may not necessarily equal a healthy child. Playful and smiley children could be masking developmental conditions hard to detect by the average parent. "Well-Child visits are designed to catch those conditions early and refer children for intervention or early childhood special education," said Dr. Eva Ewers, a pediatrician with Irwin Army Community Hospital (IACH).

  • 'ConnorStrong' campaign bolsters support for military family, childhood cancer patient

    Nov 17, 2015

    COPPERAS COVE, Texas -- Proudly wearing yellow T-shirts and sporting yellow wristbands emblazoned with the phrase, #ConnorStrong, the city has rallied behind a 5-year-old boy battling cancer for the third time. Although the boy's family is new to Fort Hood and Central Texas, the support shown in their honor has been uplifting and life-changing. Like many young boys, Connor Hedge loves dinosaurs, robots, computer games, Nerf guns and the color yellow. The difference though, is he was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer, nearly three years ago. As the member of a military family, Connor has already moved cross-country more than most boys his age.

  • BG Barbara Holcomb promoted to MG

    Nov 17, 2015

  • Nurse-athlete conquers cancer, readies for elite marathon

    Nov 10, 2015

    Cancer may have taken her ability to run, but Capt. Kelly Elmlinger refused to let that slow her down.

  • GLWACH commander receives Visionary Leadership Award

    Nov 6, 2015

    Col. Peter Nielsen, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander, received the Missouri Hospital Association's 2015 Visionary Leadership Award Nov. 5 at the MHA's 93nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Missouri. One of only two recipients of the prestigious annual award this year, Nielsen was recognized for his commitment and contributions toward safety and improving the health of the greater Fort Leonard Wood community, and for organizing preparedness activities during the Ebola crisis in 2014. "Col. Nielson understands the importance of the hospital to both the Fort and the surrounding community," said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. "He's committed to improving care quality at the hospital, and community health on-post and off."

  • Milley visits injured service members in San Antonio

    Nov 5, 2015

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley visited wounded service members during a town hall-style meeting at the Center for the Intrepid on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Nov. 4, 2015.

  • Veterans Day Safety Message 2015

    Nov 4, 2015

    Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, came about because on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated because a cease-fire agreement was signed with Germany, bringing an end to World War I. Since that day in 1918, November 11th has been set aside to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, willingness to serve and their sacrifice for the many freedoms we hold so dear.

  • Practice food safety during the holidays

    Nov 3, 2015

    Nothing draws us closer together than enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal with the ones we love, but things can take a turn for the worse if food safety is not kept in mind. Approximately 48 million people get sick from foodborne illness each year.

  • Flu prevention: what you may not know

    Nov 2, 2015

    The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It is spread when viral particles from an infected person travel through the air from a cough, sneeze or even talking. The best way to prevent flu infection is by getting a flu vaccine.

  • Returning to our muddy roots

    Oct 30, 2015

    Sgt. Luis Suarez, a student enrolled in the Wheeled Vehicle Recovery Course at Regional Training Site Maintenance-Fort Hood, Texas, takes the oath of reenlistment administered by his company commander Capt. Andrew Schwilk, E Company 227th Aviation Regiment, at the school's mire pit April, 2015. Suarez said, he reenlisted in the pit to give Schwilk, who attained the Additional Skills Identifier earlier in his career, an opportunity to go back to his muddy roots and to motivate other wheeled vehicle mechanics to earn the ASI.

  • MEDCOM's "Site 1" hospital achieves 1st of its kind "SCMH" Medical Home status

    Oct 28, 2015

    The Richard G. Wilson Soldier-Centered Medical Home is the first Soldier-Centered Medical Home in the Army's Training and Doctrine Command to achieve "Army Medical Home" (AMH) status. "The SCMH designation marks a significant shift in how we look at the healthcare we provide to initial entry and TDY military members," said Ashley Wilson, charge nurse at the Richard G. Wilson SCMH.

  • Army Public Health Center holds ground breaking ceremony for new laboratory building

    Oct 26, 2015

    The Army Public Health Center hosted a ground breaking ceremony for a new, state-of-the art-laboratory building Oct. 22. Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the Army Surgeon General and commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command was the keynote speaker of the event.

  • Enlisted Medical Degree Preparatory Program -- Creating Doctors From Our Own

    Oct 22, 2015

    The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) is kicking off the call for its third iteration. Military Personnel (MILPER) Message 15-266, issued on Sept. 2, outlines the necessary criteria to submit a packet. There are a substantial number of documents required for the packet and program managers urge interested Soldiers not to procrastinate. Packets are due by Jan. 15, 2016.

  • NCO's medic skills saves civilian, himself

    Oct 22, 2015

    Most jobs within the military do not lend themselves the opportunity for practice outside of a training area, but for one Fort Sill Soldier the opportunity has presented itself in numerous instances on and off the battlefield.

  • San Antonio Spurs spend time with warriors at WFSC, CFI

    Oct 22, 2015

    Warriors, family members and staff are often treated to lunch at the Warrior and Family Support Center, but rarely is lunch served by local sports superstars. Sixteen San Antonio Spurs players, Coach Gregg "Pop" Popovich and other members of the Spurs organization filed off a bus Oct. 21 to serve lunch, sign autographs and mingle with warriors and their families. This was their first visit to the WFSC. From there they made their way to the Center for the Intrepid to visit with wounded service members and play wheelchair basketball.

  • Regional Health Command-Central attains provisional status

    Oct 19, 2015

    Southern Regional Medical Command, headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, TX became Regional Health Command -- Central (Provisional) on October 1 following a Secretary of the Army approved concept to strategically reorganize the U.S. Army Medical Command from five Army regional medical commands to four multi-disciplinary regional health commands.

  • GLWACH installs new state-of-the-art CT scanner

    Sep 16, 2015

    The most advanced Computerized Tomography system in the world--and the only one in the Army today--is now installed and running at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. GLWACH's new CT scanning system is so advanced that it is able to produce a 3D image of the brain in less than a 1/3 of a second.

  • Nurses showcase innovations at triservice course

    Sep 16, 2015

    Several nurses from San Antonio Military Medical Center were selected to showcase their nursing research and evidence-based practice innovations during a joint military course in San Antonio.

  • Free online military spouse wellness summit Oct. 19-23

    Sep 15, 2015

    FORT RILEY, Kansas -- InDependent and The Army Wife Network launch registration sign-ups for the first ever online Military Spouse Wellness Summit: Invest in Yourself 2015 sponsored by The USAA Educational Foundation.

  • Retired general rehabs at hospital he once commanded

    Sep 11, 2015

    A retired major general has high praise for the health care provider he oversaw more than two decades ago.

  • Submissions Requested for a Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Recognition Event

    Sep 3, 2015

    The Office of Warrior Care Policy, in coordination with the Military Services, is encouraging wounded, ill, and injured Service members to submit photos and descriptions of their personal artwork to determine possible participants in a Wounded Warrior Healing Arts recognition event scheduled to take place on November 12, 2015 at the Pentagon.

  • Suicide prevention starts with you: Learn to identify and act on warning signs

    Sep 2, 2015

    Suicide prevention starts with you and your attention to the Soldiers you know best.

  • Beware the blister: a 'minor injury' that can slow you down with serious pain

    Sep 2, 2015

    As one of the most common injuries among active duty military, friction blisters can have a notable adverse impact to military readiness.

  • Add fruits and veggies to diet for better nutrition

    Sep 2, 2015

    According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fruits and vegetables should be consumed more than any other food group because of their many benefits.

  • Westover Medical Home staff eager to see more patients

    Sep 2, 2015

    The new Westover Medical Home located on the Northwest side of San Antonio opened Aug. 10 and the staff is ready and eager to see more eligible TRICARE beneficiaries.

  • BAMC hosts post-wide celebration for Women's Equality Day

    Sep 2, 2015

    Brooke Army Medical Center hosted a post-wide event at the Fort Sam Houston Theater Aug. 26 to commemorate Women's Equality Day.

  • September is Suicide Prevention Month

    Aug 31, 2015

    It is good that more and more service members are pursuing behavioral health care. Much of this change is a result of the concerted efforts to destigmatize seeking help, constant encouragement by fellow service members and family members, and increased Command emphasis. There are signs that concerned individuals can pay attention to in order to provide assistance to the person at risk. The American Association of Suicidology recommends using this easy-to-remember phrase: "IS PATH WARM."

  • Senior leader course helps military engineers construct path to success

    Aug 28, 2015

    It's day two of the two-week Horizontal Construction Engineers Senior Leader Course on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Soldiers from across the country are gathered at a multi-purpose bridge site taking measurements and working on calculating the rapid classification of fixed bridges.

  • Army Medical Command clarifies who has access to minors' medical information

    Aug 21, 2015

    The U.S. Army Medical Command wants to ensure the correct individuals have access to minors' medical records and information.

  • Dad's military legacy lives on in memories

    Aug 18, 2015

    My father taught me to study hard, give my all at work and show kindness to others. He helped hundreds of people with cancer and served his country through two wars and over two decades. He is among the countless aging veterans of past wars who deserve our continued gratitude and care.

  • Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center becomes tobacco-free medical campus

    Jun 25, 2015

    In a move to demonstrate its commitment to promote healthier lifestyles for its beneficiaries, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will implement a tobacco-free policy for the hospital and all outlying clinics and facilities.

  • Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion welcomes new commander

    Jun 24, 2015

    The Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion said farewell to its outgoing commander, Lt. Col Denise Walker, and welcomed its newest leader Lt. Col. Eugene Maxwell, in a change of command ceremony on June 19, 2015, at the Fort Gordon Reserve Center.

  • Winn Army Community Hospital recognized with Safety Star

    Jun 24, 2015

    During a special ceremony June 24th, Winn Army Community Hospital, United States Army Medical Activity (MEDDAC), Fort Stewart, Ga., was recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for superior excellence in health and worker safety and awarded the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status; designating the base as a Star site within the Department of Defense (DoD).

  • Trauma registry yields significant increase in traumatic injury survival rates

    Jun 23, 2015

    Trauma care, within the Department of Defense, is a continuous and enduring mission in peacetime or wartime. Recent improvements in the delivery of trauma care in-theater have resulted in a case fatality rate of less than 10 percent.

  • Surgeon General showcases Army Medicine for Civilian Aides to Secretary of the Army

    Jun 23, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, the Army surgeon general, hosted a group of Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston June 16-17 to discuss the role Army Medicine plays and how it affects the lives of Soldiers, veterans, retirees and their families.