DHA, Army Medicine, BACH leaders team up to optimize preparedness

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital was visited by leaders of the Defense Health Agency and Army Medicine,

Visitors observed integration across authorities with an eye on preparedness after the hospital’s administrative functions were transferred from the Army to DHA last year.

“This is the first in what we hope will be a series of visits to the Army’s medical treatment facilities to discuss with commanders, leaders and on-site personnel regarding the transition to the military health system. Part of this is to build relationships and understand the challenges. [MTFs] have on the ground, and from my perspective, to ensure that we get resource readiness in the right way and also support, right down to the MTFs, what their need for support is, “said Mr. Joseph Rheney, US Army Medical Command , Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources, Infrastructure and Strategy.

BACH Commander Colonel Vincent B. Myers invited Rheney and Mr. Robert Goodman, Deputy Assistant Director of the Defense Health Agency for Financial Operations, to visit the hospital and remote clinics to hear from staff, collect data, and review the resources provided. used to support BACH’s mission.

“It was extremely important for our top two financial executives with DHA and MEDCOM to see the complexity and mission of our organization first hand. The operations at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the emergency support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell partners were on full exhibition, ”said Myers.

As the primary military treatment facility in DHA’s Southwest Kentucky market, BACH supports the medical emergency services of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 5th Special Forces Group, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and other units at Fort Campbell and is responsible for delivery of health services to approx. 73,000 recipients of the military health system enrolled in the hospital.

Military clinics and hospitals, such as BACH, are also an important aspect in maintaining a clear medical strength. They serve as a platform for Army, Navy and Air Force physicians, nurses, physicians and other service members with health specialties to use their medical skills for deployment in clinical settings when not deployed.

“Blanchfield supports the Army’s readiness by ensuring that soldiers are medically ready to deploy. In addition, Blanchfield serves as a great opportunity for Army medical personnel attached to operational units to come and practice their skills to ensure they are ready to carry out their wartime mission, ”Rheney said.

An example is May. Amanda Haney, an OB-GYN affiliated with 101. whose daily duties are at the BACH Women’s Health Clinic.

“I am personally what one would call an ‘affiliate’ provider to a unit. If that unit dispatches, they take me as their battalion surgeon. Even as OBGYN we are military doctors and we also maintain training in things unrelated to OBGYN , ”Said Haney.

If deployed, Haney will support a Role 1 facility in the field, such as a battalion relief station that provides primary and emergency assistance. She was also able to deploy in support of forward-looking surgical teams because her OBGYN training includes surgical skills.

“It is a partnership that goes both ways with the hospital, ensuring that the soldiers are ready to go at all times, and for the medical operational forces to hone their skills and ensure that they are ready to go,” said Rheney.

Goodman agreed.

“We are here to support and not change any of it. DHA is here looking to ensure that we have the right information about what the resources should be and what those expectations are for how those resources are being used.” said Goodman.

Myers considers the visit a success as he continues to build on the resources he is responsible for using effectively and expand partnerships to support increased emergency preparedness capabilities for the 101st and Fort Campbell populations that BACH serves.

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