Year in Review: TAMC stays on cutting edge of Army medicine

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mary Nilges (left), group practice manager, Warrior Ohana Medical Home Clinic, provides a tour to guests during the clinic’s grand opening, April 20, 2011.

Mary Nilges (left), group practice manager, Warrior Ohana Medical Home Clinic, provides a tour to guests during the clinic’s grand opening, April 20, 2011. (Courtesy of Tripler Army Medical Center)

Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center has an important mission in the Pacific Region.

It not only promotes, sustains and enhances service members’ health while training, developing and equipping a medical force that supports full-spectrum operations; it delivers leading-edge health services to warriors, military families and veterans.

TAMC kicked off 2011 by bringing new life to Hawaii, delivering Tehani Chiemi Tamashiro, the New Year’s baby for the island of Oahu.

In March, TAMC’s Department of Pastoral Care sponsored a Strong Bonds event, where 19 military families, including 25 children with autism and their siblings, came together for a retreat. The goal was to bring together families, who share a common bond, to promote learning, support, encouragement and fellowship, while strengthening marriages and relationships.

In April, Army Medical Command’s medical home initiative reached Pacific Regional Medical Command, or PRMC, and TAMC proudly held the grand opening of the Warrior Ohana Medical Home Clinic in Kalaeloa.

Residents and graduate medical students use the TAMC simulation center as part of the Graduate Professional Health Education program, to gain experience with procedures in their field, Nov. 2011.

Residents and graduate medical students use the TAMC simulation center as part of the Graduate Professional Health Education program, to gain experience with procedures in their field, Nov. 2011. (Stephanie Bryant | TAMC Public Affairs)

The TAMC Internal Medicine Clinic also received the National Committee for Quality Assurance accreditation.

The month of June is typically known for graduation dates, and TAMC was no exception. The 121 members of the Graduate Professional Health Education Class of 2011 participated in a commencement ceremony, June 17.

Also in June, U.S. Army-Pacific, PRMC and TAMC, along with the Bangladesh Armed Forces Medical Institute, partnered in the planning and execution of the Medical First Responder Train-the-Trainer course, where more than 60 Bangladesh officers, nurses and soldiers learned basic medical treatment techniques involved in combat casualty care.

Just one month shy of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, New York City’s John Labarera, battalion fire chief, and John Carroll, retired battalion chief, emphasized the need to never forget personal sacrifice during a visit to TAMC. The chiefs spoke of their appreciation of TAMC’s staff for all they do and the sacrifices they have made.

TAMC saw its first casualty of war in October 2011. Staff Sgt. Christopher Newman, 26, of Shelby, N.C., assigned to Medical Company A, Tripler Army Medical Center. He died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was traveling with was struck with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

The Emergency Department’s new waiting room was opened for use in November. During the past few years, the TAMC Emergency Dept. has experienced a growth in patient population, which currently exceeds 54,000 per year. To better meet the needs of its patients, the hospital has doubled the size of the department’s waiting area.

The PRMC’s Tele-behavioral Health cell officially opened its doors, Nov. 28, in support of the Army chief of staff’s directive to provide all Soldiers with behavioral health screening and treatment.

Also in fall 2011, TAMC’s Medical Simulation Center achieved the Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditation. TAMC is the second simulation center in the Department of Defense to achieve this accreditation and the only one in Hawaii and the Pacific Region.

As TAMC wrapped up 2011, it welcomed the Pulse of the Pacific newspaper to the region. The digital newspaper is meant to keep staff and Soldiers, and most importantly, the region’s beneficiaries, up to date on health-related news.

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