What is it?
The Warrior clinic dedication today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center publicizes where Warriors in Transition get primary medical care services they need. This clinic is unique because of its designed-in capability to accommodate the mobility assistance devices Warriors in Transition use. For Warriors in Transition, it means simplified access to needed outpatient medical care, such as:
- Ordinary physical exams;
- Acute care for illnesses;
- Diagnosis and treatment for symptoms other than transition conditions.
- Pain management and medicine education for transition conditions;
- Warriors in Transition dedicated primary care physician and nurse case manager;
- Holistic care from a specialized team fully trained in Warriors in transition needs.
What has the Army done?
The Army Medical Action Plan empowered Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) to implement a comprehensive care plan for Warriors in Transition, which delivers a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual care. The triad of care, consisting of a squad leader, a nurse case manager, and a primary care manager, form the basis of this holistic care plan. MTFs, like Walter Reed, have consolidated those care resources within the framework of outpatient primary care clinics.
What has the Army planned for the future?
Each MTF has authority to administer primary care to Warriors in Transition as necessary. For its needs, Walter Reed expanded primary care services. Primary care throughout the Army continues in treatment facilities which previously offered those services. As always, significant lessons learned in the past have influenced how Army MTFs deliver primary care and that continues into the future.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army benefits by giving Warriors in Transition the resources necessary to heal, so they can return to duty, or to productive, independent civilian life. With the proper care, even the most severely afflicted Warrior in Transition has the best chance to return to duty, bringing with him or her the invaluable experience gained through their service to the nation. Locating primary care services where they are convenient to the Warrior in Transition makes healing easier. It's a smart way to keep the Army Strong!
For more information: Healthcare and Tricare
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
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