Army health care takes on whole-person concept – Stripe – March 13, 2008
A change in health care began March 1 across the Army, the Department of Defense and the
nation, said the executive officer for the assistant surgeon general for warrior care and transition….
Bethesda credits community for continued BRAC project progress – Stripe
– March 13, 2008
The Navy base at Bethesda is on track with the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record
of Decision to begin constructing the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at
Being productive helps warriors in transition – The Pentagram – March 13,
The Bamberg Warrior Transition Unit in Bamberg, Germany, is looking beyond the physical injury in
addressing the mind, spirit and heart of each injured Soldier by incorporating part-time work into
their daily routines….
Army Family Action Plan: Delegates examine issues important to
community – Fort Detrick Standard – March 13, 2008
The statistics presented at the AFAP Conference Closing Ceremony and Report-Out Session were
wide ranging: four work groups considered 106 submitted issues, and 27 delegates were assisted
by 23 volunteers and 21 subject matter experts during the largest AFAP Conference ever held at
Army releases fifth mental health study – Stripe – March 13, 2008
―Battlemind‖ pre-deployment training has helped maintain the mental health of deployed Soldiers,
stigma has decreased for those who seek treatment, but troops still need more ―dwell time‖ at
home, according to findings of an Army study released this week….
DoD, VA officials highlight advances in care of Wounded Warriors, Families
– Stripe – March 13, 2008
Two officials from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs cited a veritable laundry list of
changes in wounded warrior and family care in testimony at the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
Serving those who serve – Quantico Sentry – March 13, 2008
The Wounded Warrior Regiment assists those Marines who gave their bodies for their country and
fellow Marines. Past and present Marines are all welcome to receive help from this regiment.
‗‗There are many aspects that come into play when dealing with our wounded Marines,‖ said
Gunnery Sgt. Alfredo Tenorio, the non-commissioned officer in charge of operations at the
Navy awards contract for new Walter Reed facility – The Waterline – March
BETHESDA, Md. – A joint venture of Clark Construction of Bethesda, Md., and Balfour Beatty
Construction, based in Atlanta, recently received a $641.4 million from the Naval Facilities
Engineering Command to design and build the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in
When life happens, do a TRICARE checkup – The Pentagram – March 13,
Few would argue that one of the most valuable benefits of military service is free or low-cost health
care.However, life events mean that beneficiaries must stay on top of eligibility, co-payments and
deductibles to make the most of the health benefit and to avoid unexpected charges and denied
Commanding general believes fun drives mission – Stripe – March 13, 2008
Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and North
Atlantic Regional Medical Command (NARMC) commander laughs. She laughs at herself and at
Walter Reed tracks medical equipment – Stripe – March 13, 2008
By the end of this month, every piece of hospital equipment that can be moved will be donning a
state-of-the-art tracking device. The web-based program can tell the Clinical Engineering
Department in real time where any piece of equipment is located through this electronic ―lojack….‖
Wounded dishonored – Quantico Sentry – March 13, 2008
Corporal Raymond D. Hennagir will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He was on his second
combat tour and barely of legal drinking age when an improvised explosive device took both legs,
four fingers and a good deal of his future. Before that, he used those legs to play soccer with Iraqi
children. As a combat engineer, he cleared IEDs from city streets. He selflessly volunteered for
duty in harm‘s way and took pride in helping those who had lived for years oppressed under
Saddam Hussein‘s regime….
Parking? Where? – Stripe – March 13, 2008
Employees and patients have long felt the parking ―squeeze‖ on post. How did we get here?
Before the sun comes up each week day, Walter Reed commuters enter the gates long before their
scheduled shifts begin to ensure themselves one of 3,024 legal parking spaces on post….
Marines debut new running suit – Henderson Hall News – March 6, 2008
BETHESDA, Md. -- The Marine Corps officially unveiled its new running suit to Marines assigned to
the Wounded Warrior Regiment at the National Naval Medical Center here Feb. 29. Marines from
the Wounded Warrior Regiment, to include those at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, were the
first to receive the new gear, according to guidance set by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James
Dahlgren hosts Nashville Star Competition – The South Potomac Pilot –
March 6, 2008
It was not ‗‗Independence Day,‖ nor a ‗‗Shameless‖ exhibit and there were no ‗‗Blue Eyes Crying‖
afterwards, but it was a ‗‗Crazy‖ moment as Chantal Che`‘s rendition of Patsy Cline‘s famed song
won first place at the Nashville Star contest held last weekend at the Dowell Community House at
Naval Support Facility Dahlgren….
Committees Update Integration Process – The Journal – February 28, 2008
The deadline is drawing near for full integration and implementation of the Base Realignment and
Closure law. The Medical Centers Integration Team is ensuring compliance and success….
Ready, Caring, Proud – Stripe – January 31, 2008
Tomorrow marks the 107th anniversary of the establishment of the Army Nurse Corps. Walter
Reed Army Medical Center will celebrate the birthday Monday with a cake-cutting ceremony at 2:30
p.m. in the Heaton Pavilionís second-floor lobby. Everyone is invited….
Archbishop of the Military Services to visit WRAMC – Stripe – January 31,
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, appointed the new Military Ordinary by Pope Benedict XVI and
recently installed as the Archbishop for the Military Services, will visit the Roman Catholic parish at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Ash Wednesday Feb. 6….
Christian singer, Grammy winner to perform at WRAMC – Stripe – January
Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Warrior Transition Brigade host a concert with three-
time Grammy Award winner, Michael W. Smith, contemporary Christian singer and songwriter,
Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in Heaton Pavilion‘s Joel Auditorium….
Introducing, the Smart House – Stripe – January 31, 2008
Imagine a driverless, robotic car on the highway, its lone passenger a paraplegic. How about a
wheelchair that treats a set of stairs as a ramp? Or a house that reminds you when to take your
medicine and shows you which pill to take….
Center Gears Up to Treat Brain Injuries – The Journal – January 31, 2008
Army Col. Loree Sutton is a woman on a mission. The military psychiatrist has, for the last month,
ricocheted across the Capital Beltway landscape and beyond, setting up a Defense Department
office that will, for the first time, bring together the best of the best relating to psychological health
and brain injury treatment…
Warrior Transition Brigade is worthy of emulation, hospital exec says –
Stripe – January 17, 2008
Recently I was given the opportunity to spend a week with the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to view firsthand how the Army had improved the
transition process for outpatient Soldiers and to see if the Armyís way might have application in the
civilian healthcare world….
Warrior Transition Office focuses on Soldiers, Families, says deputy
director – Stripe – January 17, 2008
The deputy director of the Warrior Transition Office recently pledged that his office, medical officials
and Warrior Transition Unit cadre will always listen to concerns Wounded Warriors and their
Families might have about their care….
Army Family Action Plan conference nears – Stripe – January 17, 2008
The Walter Reed Army Medical Centerís Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference is scheduled
for Feb. 5 starting at 8 a.m. in the MWR Conference Room in Delano Hall (Bldg 11)….
Soldiers Counsel Forum – Stripe – January 17, 2008
On Nov. 26, 2007, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
implemented a pilot for disability cases originating at the three major military treatment facilities in
the National Capitol Region: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center at
Bethesda and Malcom Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base. This Pilot will run for one
News Briefs – Stripe – January 17, 2008
WRAMC doctor to lead integrated ortho, rehab dept….Celebrating King….Van service to Silver
Spring….Travel card contractor….Child-birth class….Customer Service Training….Common Sense
Parenting….Financial Readiness Training….Purple Heart ceremony….
Team Semper Fi Attends Triathlon Camp – The Journal – January 17, 2008
Injured service members who spent time recovering at the National Naval Medical Center and
Walter Reed Army Medical Center traveled nearly 3,000 miles Tuesday to participate in a triathlon
Command salutes staff for showing ‘way ahead’ – Stripe – January 17, 2008
―Thank you for what you do, and congratulations for being recognized,‖ said Col. Patricia Horoho,
Walter Reed Health Care System (WRHCS) commander, at the ―Way Ahead‖ award ceremony
held in Heaton Pavilion‘s Joel Auditorium, Jan. 4….
Wounded Marine keeps leg up on military career – Quantico Sentry – January
As it turned out, the invasion was easy. The follow-up occupation of Iraq proved costly for Gunnery
Sgt. Jack Sigman. Struck by a rocket propelled grenade, he lost his right leg above the knee and
spent three long, hard years in rehabilitation, learning to live – and continue his military career –
with an artificial limb….
Physical Therapy Staff Welcomes New Member – The Journal January 17,
The National Naval Medical Center‘s Physical Therapy Department will soon have a new volunteer
on staff to help rehabilitate patients. Laura Lee, Bethesda‘s official Therapy Dog will be working
with patients overcoming physical challenges….
Commanders Column – The Journal – January 17, 2008
I want to briefly share some of my Commander‘s Intent and Guidance with you in this
week‘s Commander‘s Column. The purpose of a Commander‘s Guidance is to provide
insight into the Commander‘s beliefs and directional intent to all personnel assigned or
working for a Command….
Navy Hears Community's Call – The Journal – January 17, 2008
The National Naval Medical Center held two public hearings last week to give
Montgomery County residents a chance to voice concerns — in person — regarding the
Base Realignment and Closure process and the Draft Environmental Impact
Construction begins on $92 million center for DoD combat casualty care,
trauma research missions – Standard – January 17, 2008
Construction of a $92 million center for all Defense Department combat casualty care and
trauma research missions began with a groundbreaking ceremony here Jan. 11….
Areas new U.S. representative checks on bases BRAC needs – Quantico
Sentry – January 10, 2008
With the Base Realignment and Closure act deadlines for consolidating military
installations looming in the near future, Quantico will have to make big changes with little
resources to accommodate an estimated 2,700 relocated workers and several
investigative agency headquarters headed this way in 2011….
General discusses base realignment issues at town hall – Stripe – January
Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, commanding general for the North Atlantic Regional
Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, spoke with the Walter Reed
staff about his expectations for Base Realignment and Closure and the integration of
WRAMC and the National Naval Medical Center into the Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center (WRNMMC) during a town hall meeting Aug. 23….
Final Public Hearing Tonight – The Journal – January 10, 2008
The National Naval Medical Center will host the final public hearing tonight at the Pooks
Hill Marriott in Bethesda from 6 to 9 p.m. The hearing will allow Montgomery County
residents to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the Base
Realignment and Closure actions to relocate Walter Reed Army Medical Center activities
from D.C. to the National Naval Medical Center….
Commanders Column – The Journal – December 20, 2007
Change is almost NEVER welcomed! Even when it is tempered with the realization of
necessity, it is uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. It depletes our personal
energy, our resources and our sense of stability. But change is inevitable; change is
crucial to progress; and change, in the final analysis, usually turns out to be our ‗‗ally‖
Army to grow by over 74,000 troops – Pentagram – December 20, 2007
The Army announced its largest organizational change since World War II Wednesday at
a Pentagon press briefing. One third of the service will be relocated by the end of fiscal
Seminar focuses on opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses –
Stripe – November 23, 2007
It was standing room only in the MWR Conference Room at Walter Reed Army Medical
Centerís (WRAMC) Delano Hall, Nov. 8 as more than 175 individuals attended the
procurement opportunities seminar for veteran-owned businesses….
Officials break ground for new community hospital at Fort Belvoir – Stripe –
November 15, 2007
A new chapter in health care in the National Capital Region began Nov. 8 at a
groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fort Belvoir community hospital….
Joint Task Force Oversees Region – The Journal – November 1, 2007
The Defense Department established the Joint Task Force National Capital Region-Medical Oct. 1
to provide the best possible care for America‘s wounded warriors returning from war while carrying
out the complex changes mandated through the Base Realignment and Closure Act….
Rear Adm. Jeffries on Joint Task Force – The Journal – November 1, 2007
The formation of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical has been ordered by
the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Gordon England . Its was mandated to
attain Initial Operating Capablility (IOC) 1 October 2007 and must achieve Full Operating
Capability (FOC) by 30 September 2008….
Medical Conference Speeds Up the Integration Process – The Journal –
October 18, 2007
Military medical leaders from the National Capital Region met Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 during phase two
of the National Capital Area‘s Healthcare Synchronization Conference with the intent of furthering
the integration of regional medical resources. ‗‗[Defense Secretary Robert Gates] has said time and
time again that — other than the survival of our nation, which is dependent [upon] winning this
Global War on Terrorism — there is nothing more important to the Defense Department than the
care of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines,‖ Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs
Dr. S. Ward Casscells said….
Bethesda Prepares for Disaster – The Journal – October 11, 2007
The National Naval Medical Center will host the annual mass casualty drill Oct. 18 to prepare staff
members on emergency procedures and build stronger partnerships with regional emergency
Garrison commander leads a renaissance of people, infrastructure and
facilities – Stripe – September 27, 2007
Col. Bruce Haselden, Installation Management Activity commander, keeps his eye on the
ball. Haselden runs the Garrison as a customer-focused organization dedicated to
supporting the entire Walter Reed community….
Infection Control, Epidemiology Service kicks off campaign –Stripe –
September 27, 2007
Walter Reed Army Medical Center is engaged in prevention of infections through several
ongoing initiatives supported by the command team. The newest initiative is a campaign
for ―Correct Procedures Every Time….
On time and under budget –Stripe – September 20, 2007
Maj. David Rozelle, Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) project officer, is a man
on the move. Stripe spoke with him just after he conducted a tour of the $10 million state-
of-the-art rehabilitation facility….
Joint Task Force Commander to be appointed for National Capital Region
military healthcare – The Journal – September 6, 2007
The integration of Walter Reed Army Medical Center into the National Naval Medical
Center at Bethesda continues to move forward at a rapid pace. As we get ever-closer to
our Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) deadline of September 2011, significant
changes and advancements are being implemented in the planning and construction
aspects of this unprecedented undertaking….
Bethesda, Walter Reed Name Krivda to Lead Dermatology – The Journal –
August 16, 2008
National Naval Medical Center‘s Deputy Commander of Integration Army Col. Nadja West and
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Deputy Commander of Integration Navy Capt. Lou Damiano
announced Army Col. Stephen Krivda will lead the integrated Dermatology Department. Krivda
served as the department‘s interim chairman, helping to conjoins dermatology services between
Bethesda and Walter Reed….
Bethesda, Walter Reed Name Integrated Pathology Director – The Journal –
July 19, 2008
National Naval Medical Center‘s Deputy Commander of Integration Army Col. Nadja West and
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Deputy Commander of Integration Navy Capt. Lou Damiano
announced Army Col. Thomas Baker will lead the integrated Pathology Department….
Robinson Nominated for Surgeon General – The Journal – July 12, 2008
President George W. Bush nominated National Naval Medical Center Commander Rear Adm.
Adam Robinson, Jr., to become the next Navy Surgeon General, Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Renovated Pharmacy To Improve Patient Care – The Journal – July 5, 2008
The National Naval Medical Center opened its newly renovated inpatient pharmacy Friday after a
five-month, $540,000 remodeling project. The renovation will allow pharmacists to increase the
quantity, quality and efficiency of producing medications for inpatients. Bethesda‘s pharmacy added
automated refills, more storage capacity and a clean room….
Reducing Stigma Key to Better Mental Health – The Journal – June 28, 2008
The key to improving mental health care in the military and in America is to reduce the stigma
associated with seeking help, Defense Department medical officials said June 15. The officials
spoke during the release of the latest department Mental Health Task Force Report at the
Pentagon. Ward Casscells, assistant Defense secretary for health affairs, said reducing stigma
associated with service members and their families seeking mental health help is crucial to success
in this effort….
Commission Gathers Service Members’, Families’ Testimony – The Journal
– June 21, 2007
A special commission President George W. Bush appointed to examine medical care given to
wounded service members held its sixth public meeting Monday, receiving testimony from Defense
Department officials, wounded warriors and their families….
Shared Vision for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)
– The Journal – May 3, 2007
This week‘s Commander‘s Column is the shared vision of integration that General Eric
Schoomaker, Commanding General of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and I wrote