National Patient Recognition Week- Feb. 1-7, 2009

Monday February 2, 2009

What is it?

National Patient Recognition Week and National Patient Recognition Day (Feb. 3, 2009) are an opportunity to pay special tribute to those Soldiers, family members and retirees who make up our Army-wide patient community. Patients in our medical facilities deserve the finest treatment in an environment where they are valued, empowered and confident in the skills of our Army medical professionals. Improved communication and patient satisfaction are a continuing focus for all Army medical care leaders. There remains no higher priority for our Army medical care providers than ensuring the physical and behavioral health of our Army family. During National Patient Recognition Week and Patient Recognition Day, the Army will recognize the unique needs of our patients and ensure they understand our commitment to the highest standards in patient-centered care.

What has the Army done?

The quality of Army medical care, from the battlefield to the home front, is world class. Our expert delivery of trauma care in the field saves the lives of nearly 90 percent of wounded Soldiers. Throughout the Army, across the continuum of care, our patients receive individualized treatment, support and services addressing both physical and behavioral health needs. Army medical professionals and staff are recognized for top-notch skills and for leading the way in providing innovative patient care. Our patient community benefits from forward edge Army medical research in areas from post-traumatic stress treatment to prosthetic technology. We've teamed up with the Veteran Affairs, other government agencies and the world's finest research institutions to give our wounded warriors the best care and support possible. The Army continues to expand the resources and personnel dedicated to the care of our patient community and their families.

What will the Army do?

Commands and military treatment facilities across the Army will highlight the range of programs available to our Soldier, family and retiree patient community through local print, radio, television and web outlets. In addition, commands throughout the Army will make a special effort to host appreciation events or otherwise recognize those in our Army family who make up our patient community.

Why is this important to the Army?

Providing quality medical care and support services is a top priority. We must make every effort to ensure our Soldiers, families and retirees are aware of the medical care programs available to them. The Army puts the interests of our patients first, every week.


Information about Patient Recognition Week can be found at : U.S. Army Medical Department Web site

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