MEDCOM to transform

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments


Regional Health Command-Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU —The Secretary of the Army announced, July 1, approval of the concept for U.S. Army Medical Command to strategically transform Army Medicine to a more flexible and agile design that fully integrates medical, warrior care and transition, dental, and public health to enhance quality, access, safety and a robust system for health for Soldiers, family members, Army civilians, retirees and the future.

The new design elevates the headquarters elements of Dental Command, Public Health Command and Warrior Transition Command to principal staff elements within the Army surgeon general’s MEDCOM headquarters to improve the integration, synchronization and oversight of health.

At the operational level, MEDCOM will improve efficiencies and mission command effectiveness by transforming five regional level commands into four multifunctional Regional Health Commands that will each provide a single point of accountability for health readiness to regionally aligned forces around the globe.

RHC-Pacific will now align with U.S. Army-Pacific to support the Army’s strategic rebalance to the Pacific. The RHC-Pacific’s potential to build and strengthen relationships with Pacific partner nations through the sharing of medical knowledge will have positive diplomatic impacts within the region.


RHC-Pacific will grow in size and focus.

Under the new construct the Pacific Regional Dental Command and Public Health Command-Pacific, both consisting of merged versions of their previous Pacific and Western regional commands, along with the Warrior Transition Command, will all become direct reporting assets to the RHC-Pacific.

As well, the RHC-Pacific will continue to grow by eventually having Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, to become direct reporting health readiness platform. This eventual growth will take place approximately one year into the realignment process.

After the transition of Madigan Army Medical Center and Bassett Army Community Hospital to the RHC-Pacific, the commander for RHC-Pacific will become a two-star billet, and a one-star billet will remain at JBLM to serve as the RHC-Pacific’s deputy commander.

This is a strategic process that will take approximately two years to implement, with the objective to be at full operational capability by July 2017.

RHC-Pacific leaders will remain fully engaged with all stakeholders and the public throughout this transformation process to facilitate and strengthen Army Medicine’s commitment to Soldiers, beneficiaries, staff and the health readiness of the force.

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