NJ, AK reservists support TAMC, Schofield health clinics

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Capt. Kristin Pruitt, a Reserve perioperative nurse with the 1984th USAH element based at Fort Wainwright,Alaska, preparesapatientforsurgeryatTriplerArmyMedicalCenter. Themedical professionals backfilled critical positions, currently deployed, at TAMC and the Schofield Barracks health clinic. (Photo courtesy of 1984th United States Army Hospital Detachment, U.S. Army Reserve)

Capt. Kristin Pruitt, a Reserve perioperative nurse with the 1984th USAH element based at Fort Wainwright,Alaska, prepares a patient for surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center. The medical professionals backfilled critical positions, currently deployed, at TAMC and the Schofield Barracks health clinics. (Photo courtesy of 1984th United States Army Hospital Detachment, U.S. Army Reserve)

Capt. Era-Pauline Colon
1984th United States Army Hospital Detachment
U.S. Army Reserve

HONOLULU — Medical Army Reservists from New Jersey, Alaska and Hawaii simultaneously conducted readiness competency skills training and deployment-related tasks at Tripler Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks, March 6-24.

The 7245th Medical Support Unit from Dover, New Jersey, sent 10 Soldiers, while 29 Army Reservists from the 1984th United States Army Hospital (Fort Wainwright and Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, and Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii), combined efforts to backfill and assist TAMC and Schofield Barracks in providing top-quality health care to Soldiers, veterans and their families during health care’s peak season.

commented, “We were very fortunate to have the 1984th Soldiers join us here at TAMC,” said Col. Pablito R. Gahol, deputy commander for Inpatient Services, TAMC.

The Soldiers were briefed on an early Sunday morning and then were immediately integrated into different clinical departments, where they aided their permanent party counterparts making the workload a little easier.

“During this time period, the census on the inpatient units was exceptionally high, and having the 1984th Soldiers tremendously helped us with taking care of our patients,” Gahol said.

The combined efforts of 1984th and 7245th resulted in a total cost savings of $138,531.08 from 3,748 patient encounters during 3,088 independent working hours. The presence of the Reserve Soldiers temporarily replaced deployed resident health care personnel at TAMC and Schofield Barracks, and added more than enough support to assist the Health Readiness Platforms in maintaining and providing continued excellent quality health care service.

“They came to TAMC well-prepared and always with a positive attitude that is welcoming to our patients and staff,” Gahol said. “We truly enjoy and appreciate their presence here at TAMC.”

What They Did

The Army Reserve medical Soldier performed a variety of important tasks at TAMC and Scofield’s clinic:

  • Emergency medicine,
  • Critical care,
  • Surgery,
  • Anesthesia,
  • Behavioral Health,
  • Family Medicine,
  • OB/GYN,
  • Laboratory,
  • Radiology,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Respiratory services,
  • Medical logistics, and
  • Hospital administration and operations.

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