Keiki room opens at Warrior Ohana Medical Home clinic

| September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release



KALAELOA — The grand opening for the keiki waiting room at the Warrior Ohana Medical Home, or WOMH, primary care clinic was celebrated as one more way of reaching out to patients and responding to a need, here, Aug. 15.

“Today we celebrated the grand opening of our keiki waiting room, sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu,” said Mary Nilges, group practice manager, WOMH. “This is a no-cost service for this service.

The YMCA provides the child care providers, the toys and supplies, and all we do is provide the space.”

Together, the team turned a space that was being used to store four gurneys into the children’s waiting room.

“Our patients have expressed to me many times that this is a service they are accustomed to at both Schofield Barracks Health Clinic and Tripler Army Medical Center,” Nilges said. “(Our patients) have told me they would really appreciate it if we could have a waiting room, here, also. From the day that we opened, I have made it a mission of mine to make this happen. I couldn’t be more pleased that we are opening this today. It is a much-needed service.”

Tammy Ray, former director, Wheeler/Schofield Branch ASYMCA, and TAMC, provided safety inspections.

“I have a 7-year-old and understand what it is like to be a military spouse needing care for your child while you see a provider,” said Amber Matanane, a day care provider at WOMH and a former Air Force spouse.

“We really needed it,” Matanane said. “It is really nice to be a part of helping people who are deployed and dealing with it, because I know exactly how it feels. (I’ve) been there.”

During the opening ceremony, Col. J. Anson Smith, chief of staff, Pacific Regional Medical Command, spoke about the importance of the new Army medicine concept of a patient-centered medical home and the keiki role in that concept.

“I consider myself fortunate to be a part of Army medicine at a time when the medical home concept initiative took form,” Smith said.

“The program is designed to improve primary care access and quality, while bringing Army medicine closer to home for our Army families,” Smith said. “The Warrior Ohana Medical Home primary care clinic has done just that.

“Building on that concept, today, we opened this room — a place where children can come, play and be safe, while their parent or siblings are seeing a provider,” Smith said.

WOMH is structured after the patient-centered medical home model. Community-based medical homes are Army-run, primary care clinics located off post in the communities where Army families live.

The Army community-based medical home has easy to access, patient-centered, team-based and quality-focused health care.

Each patient has a team of doctors and nurses who work with that patient to promote a spirit of health and wellness.

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