TAMC EFMP offers family assistance

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Capt. Andrew Osten, a third-year resident physician in pediatrics works in a newly renovated exam room at TAMC.

Capt. Andrew Osten, a third-year resident physician in pediatrics works in a newly renovated exam room at TAMC. (Photo courtesy Tripler Army Medical Center)

Capt. Jerry Cunningham
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs
HONOLULU —The Army Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) has a unique and important mission assisting active-duty Soldiers and their dependents with special medical treatment through therapy, education, training or counseling.

EFMP assists Soldiers by coordinating with the Human Resources Command to align active-duty Soldiers to duty assignments with the necessary medical facilities available to meet the needs of their family members.

The goal is to maximize the health and wellbeing of the entire family and save the military money by preventing unnecessary permanent change of stations.

EFMP_Sq_Logo_wEFMP origins
The creation of the EFMP was spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Gallagher in 1984, when he joined TAMC.

“The original mission of EFMP was to find qualified families to enroll into the program at TAMC, and in other clinics within the Pacific Region, such as Japan and Korea,” said Alan Gamble, a licensed clinical social worker in the EFMP clinic. “Since then the mission has expanded its focus to include the neurodevelopmental pediatric mission.”

EFMP offers pediatric services including developmental behavioral pediatrics, pediatric neurology, pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology evaluation for children younger than 3 years old, as well as social workers to assist family members.

TAMC relocation
In May this year, EFMP relocated to the third floor of TAMC at 3B-1, Oceanside. In its new location, the clinic created pediatric-friendly rooms that provide children a fun atmosphere so they feel comfortable while interacting with the EFMP staff. The relocation to the third floor also gave the EFMP staff the opportunity to tailor a space that meets the needs of all the services offered by the program.

“The new location of EFMP — right next door to the TAMC’s Command Staff Offices — provides us with more visibility,” said Michael Ching, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at EFMP. “This high-traffic area provides visitors, and staff, of TAMC, an opportunity to find out what services are available through the EFMP. The move has also improved work flow and patient satisfaction.”

“Some patients miss the great view of Honolulu from the old location on the seventh floor,” said Hu. However, the patients agree, the new location is very accommodating and is set up to provide services in a better environment.

Contact EFMP
Call 433-4441 or visit http://assist.army.mil/asist2/EFMP/.

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