TBILISI, Georgia - U.S. and multinational participants from the 28th Multinational Military Medical Engagement conference visited the National Hero of Georgia Mariam (Maro) Makashvili Military Rehabilitation Center in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 1. Medical and rehabilitation services are provided to both Georgian and international injured military personnel and their family members who require and outpatient physical and psychological rehabilitation courses.
Nita Tchabashvili, head of the Psychology Support Division, expanded on rehabilitation treatment process and described how the services went beyond physical rehabilitation.
“We evaluate wounded warriors and provide long-term treatment plans,” Tchabashvili said. “First, we evaluate the physical and psychological condition, and then we plan treatment and see what kind of services they need. We are not only working physical condition, but also mental health conditions and social issues. This facility give us a good opportunity to develop our rehabilitation services, and we want to offer our services to every military member.”
Staff members offered comprehensive tours throughout the facility. The touring parties previewed the facility’s amenities, such as the art and recreational therapy spaces, physical rehabilitation and aqua therapy rooms, and the adapted sports area.
“The civilian support for military personnel speaks volumes for the long-term partnerships established within this facility,” said U.S. Army Maj. Justin Zimmerman, physical therapist with 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade. “You can see true team cooperation and dedication to getting every patient back to top performance. When partner nations apply these same principles to the care they provide, warfighters from all nations can be confident that they are receiving the best care possible regardless of location.”
The multinational tour met with several Ukrainian soldiers and their families who completed the 10-day rehabilitation course. One Ukrainian family presented a plaque, featuring the words ‘Cлава Yкраїні’ (glory to Ukraine), to U.S. visitors.
“It is difficult to adequately express how proud it made me to see peoples and governments banding together in a time of need,” said U.S. Army Maj. Cordell Hachinsky, physician with 4th SFAB. “You can read about the incredible things so many of our allies and partners are doing to support the brave Ukrainian Soldiers and families, but seeing it in real-life was truly humbling.”
Interoperability is more than just equipment and systems – it is about processes and relationships as well. The rehabilitation center tour enabled multinational participants to not only observe Georgian rehabilitation processes and systems, but also deepen alliances with Georgian civilian medical counterparts and witness the positive impact on Ukrainian families.
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