Tripler ceremony to farewell Jones, welcome Gallagher to PRMC

| May 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release

HONOLULU — In a ceremony at Tripler’s oceanside terrace, Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Steve Jones, commanding general of the Pacific Regional Medical Command and Tripler Army Medical Center, will relinquish the leadership of 4,500 Soldiers and civilians in the medical command to Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher. 

Jones assumed command at Tripler in December 2007. While here, he has led the command to higher levels of achievement in providing  quality health care to more than 464,000 active duty and retired military personnel and their family members from Hawaii and the western Pacific, including patients referred from  Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau. 

As the number of Soldiers with physical and behavioral health injuries grew over almost a decade of repeated combat deployments, a major focus of his command has been the care of the Army’s wounded Soldiers and their families. 

His major accomplishments include the activation of the Warrior Transition Battalion, the opening of a traumatic brain injury clinic at Tripler, and a brain concussion clinic at Schofield Barracks. 

Schofield Barracks also became the Army’s second site for the Soldier Evaluation for Life Fitness, or SELF program, and was also the test site for the Army’s Confidential Alcohol Treatment and Education Pilot program, called CATEP.  

Another first under Jones’ tenure was the launch of a telemedicine initiative to allow behavioral health specialists at Tripler and Schofield Barracks to conduct confidential interviews with Soldiers deployed to combat areas to assess their mental health status and to design care plans for them upon  return. 

Jones strengthened a school-based mental health program to improve the counseling of students from military families stressed by deployment of their parents. The program is one of several initiatives through which TAMC and the Schofield Barracks Health Clinic have strengthened partnerships with other Army organizations such as the Soldier and Family Center at Schofield Barracks, to develop an integrated approach to help Army family members deal with the stresses of combat deployments. 

Jones is being reassigned to duties in the National Capitol Region, Washington, D.C.  

Gallagher’s previous assignment was Commander, U.S. Army-Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg, Germany. 

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