By Leanne ThomasMay 31, 2019
HONOLULU - Capt. Raymond Batz (right), deputy commanding officer, Tripler Army Medical Center, welcomes the Medical Officer of the U.S. Marine Corps, Rear Adm. Gayle Shaffer (right), at the hospital's Oceanside entrance, May 30. Shaffer, accompanied by Rear Adm. Louis Tripoli, command surgeon, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), and command members from the 3d Medical Battalion, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces -- Pacific met with Tripler's senior leaders to discuss a partnership between the military treatment facility and Marine Corps Health Services. The proposed partnership supports the Defense Health Agency's multi-service health care provision model and would integrate physicians, nurses, and ancillary personnel from the 3d Medical Battalion to Tripler while supporting the Marine Corps with a ready medical force in alignment with USINDOPACOM strategic lines of effort. During the visit, Shaffer toured the hospital's Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units, and the Medical Simulation Center to gain first-hand knowledge of the unique capabilities at Tripler that support health care services across a full-range of military operations. Tripler Army Medical Center is a high reliability organization and the premier health care system of choice in the Pacific, providing top quality, safe, patient centered care to families and veterans while ensuring a medically ready force and a ready medical force.