WTB-Hawaii improves care 4,000 miles away

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Warrior Transition Battalion Public Affairs A  panel of medical specialists, administrators and social workers from the Warrior Transition Battalion conduct a sensing session to discuss issues concerning the care of Soldiers in Transition in Guam. On the panel, from left to right, are Staff Sgt. Alicia Andrews, Guam National Guard Remote Care Platoon sergeant; Sgt. Chantal Yadao, SL/training NCO; Capt. Christopher Phillips, WTB HHC company commander; Capt. Renae Lauterbach, WTB nurse case manager; Donna Gatewood, WTB social worker; and Sherri Camacho, WTB occupational therapist.

Photo by Warrior Transition Battalion Public Affairs
A panel of medical specialists, administrators and social workers from the Warrior Transition Battalion conduct a sensing session to discuss issues concerning the care of Soldiers in Transition in Guam. On the panel, from left to right, are Staff Sgt. Alicia Andrews, Guam National Guard Remote Care Platoon sergeant; Sgt. Chantal Yadao, SL/training NCO; Capt. Christopher Phillips, WTB HHC company commander; Capt. Renae Lauterbach, WTB nurse case manager; Donna Gatewood, WTB social worker; and Sherri Camacho, WTB occupational therapist.

1st Lt. Bre Boswells
Tripler Army Medical Center

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Members of the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) cadre and staff recently traveled to Guam for a semiannual remote care visit.

The trip proved to be productive for all involved in the engagement.

The WTB’s main priorities that drove the mission centered on continued care for attached Soldiers. Its main focus was on resources, and access to those resources, for Soldiers in the Guam remote care program.

Members of the WTB met with the Guam Naval Hospital command group to discuss the Guam remote program and the need to establish more behavioral health and medical resources to meet the needs of Soldiers in transition (ST) in Guam.

Together they were able to compile a roster for direct contact with the hospital chain of command patient administration and department heads for each specialty.

“The progress we made will allow for smoother transition for STs in the remote care program,” said Capt. Renae Lauterbach, WTB nurse case manager. “The Guam remote care platoon and the Guam Naval Hospital command are extremely supportive of the mission of the WTB and getting the Guam STs the best care possible.”

Additionally, cadre were able to work with 1st Lt. Michael Taman, platoon leader, Guam Remote Care, to complete the Pacific Regional Medical Command’s top 13 training priorities, and to inspect all administrative items to ensure compliance with Warrior Transition command guidance.

“It’s important to be on ground and observe the (Remote Care platoon) operations, medical care and the unique challenges they are facing,” said Staff Sgt. Alicia Andrews, platoon sergeant, Guam Remote Care. “By connecting with their leadership there, we are able to understand their concerns and assist in addressing those concerns better.”

Over the past eight months, the program has successfully transitioned 88 percent of the Soldiers selected to participate in the Guam Remote Care platoon. It provides an opportunity for Soldiers to transition closer to their families, which assists in the reintegration process.

“From the commander’s foxhole, it was a very humbling experience to be afforded the opportunity to view and experience their culture, which allowed better understanding and connection to the STs from Guam,” said Capt. Christopher Phillips, commander, WTB Headquarters and Headquarters Company. “It is a great honor to be charged with this unique mission to strategically make a difference for our Soldiers.”

The program will continue to remain one of the top priorities for WTB due to the impact it has on the ST’s ability to heal, and the additional value of the ST being located in Guam where families can be incorporated in the healing and transition plan.

Members of the Warrior Transition Battalion and the Guam National Guard Remote Care Platoon meet with Guam Naval Hospital staff to discuss required care for Soldiers in Transition living in Guam. (Photo by Warrior Transition Battalion Public Affairs)

Members of the Warrior Transition Battalion and the Guam National Guard Remote Care Platoon meet with Guam Naval Hospital staff to discuss required care for Soldiers in Transition living in Guam. (Photo by Warrior Transition Battalion Public Affairs)

The staff and cadre will continue to build on the progress achieved during this trip and continue to improve the Remote Care Program, and to build stronger relations with the Guam Naval Hospital command group and the Guam Remote Care platoon chain of command.

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