Medical Care PM As the Backbone of AM

Tuesday February 5, 2008

What is it?
Facilities and equipment managers know the acronym "PM" as Preventive Maintenance. If you think of Army Maintenance as "AM," it can help you remember to keep your "PM" in the right place with your "AM." Maintenance is absolutely critical to Army readiness and nowhere has that become more clear than in the care, support and services the Army provides to its Warriors in Transition and their Families.

Brief history:
- Facilities maintenance failures adversely affected the Army's excellent reputation for quality care and support, of its Soldiers and their Families.
- The maintenance issues led to immediate investigation.
- Preventive Maintenance practices findings revealed necessary changes.
- Army leaders supported the revitalization effort.

What has the Army done?
Almost immediately, Warriors in Transition and their Families relocated to better accommodations. They received priority placement in military housing and that housing was renovated to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Housing and other Warriors in Transition facilities maintenance procedures also underwent nearly immediate revision.
- More stringent monitoring and reporting.
- Established Rapid Response Team for 24/7 housing area repairs.
- Maintenance and construction funds prioritized to benefit Warriors in Transition and Families.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Assess the PM process, and maintenance management overall, applying best practices, to give our Warriors in Transition and Families the best environments for healing. This includes designing new maintenance procedures, where necessary, and upgrading existing practices. Listen more to Warriors in Transition and Families, as well as caregivers and cadre, to identify maintenance areas requiring more attention. The Army also wants to develop, and implement, training and certification procedures for maintenance leaders in the medical community.

Why is this important to the Army?
Army readiness suffers if Army Maintenance suffers. Preventive Maintenance is the backbone of the Army's overall maintenance program because PM alerts leaders to the serviceability and potential lifespan of their facilities, or equipment. That information tells leaders where resources need to be focused and, especially, how well the Army lives up to its promise, to Warriors in Transition and Families, to provide Quality of Life equal to their sacrifices to the nation, and the Army.

For more information: U.S. Army Materiel Command

For more information: U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine


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