PRMC strategic off-site sets stage for transformation

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command, delivers opening remarks at the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at the Hale Ikena, here, Jan. 20. The event allowed leaders and stakeholders to identify issues concerning PRMC’s transformation into the Regional Health Command-Pacific. (photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal, Defense Media Activity – Hawaii News Bureau)

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commander, Pacific Regional Medical
Command, delivers opening remarks at the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at the Hale Ikena, here, Jan.
20. The event allowed leaders and stakeholders to identify issues concerning PRMC’s transformation
into the Regional Health Command-Pacific. (photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal, Defense Media Activity – Hawaii News Bureau)

Story and photos by Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal
Defense Media Activity – Hawaii News Bureau

FORT DERUSSY — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Sargent, commanding general of the Pacific Regional Medical Command (PRMC), hosted the 2015 PRMC Strategic Off-Site at the Hale Ikena, here, where stakeholders gathered together to discuss the strategic vision and transformation of PRMC to Regional Health Command-Pacific (RHC-P), a Medical Theater Enabling Command, Jan. 20-21.

During the event, the Pacific Army Medicine Campaign Support Plan was introduced to inform attendees of the proposed way ahead for PRMC.

Col. Daniel Gall, deputy chief of staff-Operations, United States Army Medical Command, shares his perspective on the Pacific Region’s transition during the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at Fort Shafter. The Off-Site took place over two days, Jan. 20-21. (Photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Elliott, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

Col. Daniel Gall, deputy chief of staff-Operations, United States Army Medical Command, shares his perspective on the Pacific Region’s transition during the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at Fort Shafter. The Off-Site took place over two days, Jan. 20-21. (Photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Elliott, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

The Strategic Off-Site marked the first opportunity for leaders and stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss concepts and identify issues and concerns with the PRMC’s transformation to the RHC-P. The concept is geared toward enhancing regional medical capabilities, in support of U.S. Army-Pacific’s (USARPAC) rebalance to the Asia-Pacific strategy.

Sargent said that the transformation is designed to provide a single point of contact within the Pacific where medical concerns can be addressed and assessed.

“With an integrated staff, it will allow us to look at a problem set through the same lens and will also allow us the opportunity to provide a more reasoned, logical response to very complex medical issues facing this theater of operations,” Sargent said.

“Currently, we have a Regional Medical Dental and Public Health Commands, and you have to go to different commanders to figure out how to assess a problem. In this new concept, we are going to be able to have one voice in our respected regions to be able to address a component commander’s and core commander’s concerns and needs,” Sargent explained.

The transformation will allow for the rapid positioning and management of all regional medical assets to support, train and prepare for any mission scenario during peace time, wartime or humanitarian efforts.

Sargent said that the transformation will not only benefit commanders, but will also positively impact everyone who will be assigned to RHC-P.

“We’re going to have opportunities that will exist for all of our specialties and our corps to be able to lead and develop themselves to better understand dental, to better understand public health, but also ultimately become a better officer or a better noncommissioned officer in support of our Army,” Sargent said. “I think the Army will get better-trained units and also better-trained Soldiers as a result.”

Sargent ensured that the quality of medical care will only increase with the transformation.

Stakeholders at the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at the Hale Ikena at Fort Shafter participate in an analysis of the proposed Pacific Army Medicine Campaign Support Plan to transform the Pacific Regional Medical Command to a medical theater. The Strategic Off-site took place over two days, Jan. 20-21. (Photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Elliott, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

Stakeholders at the PRMC Strategic Off-Site at the Hale Ikena at Fort Shafter participate in an analysis of the proposed Pacific Army Medicine Campaign Support Plan to transform the Pacific Regional Medical Command to a medical theater. The Strategic Off-site took place over two days, Jan. 20-21. (Photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Elliott, Pacific Regional Medical Command)

“I want to reassure our service members and our commanders that we remain committed to providing world-class medical care to all the families serving in the Pacific,” Sargent said. “As we transition to a theater enabling medical command, we’re going to be able to provide more responsive support to the commander. Likewise, we’re going to be able to deliver responsive and enhanced, highly-reliable medical care to our beneficiaries.”

PRMC’s changes are currently pre-decisional and following the surgeon general’s approval, Regional Health Command-Pacific tentatively plans on implementing the campaign in June 2015.

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