TAMC holds change of command

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Col. Andrew M. Barr receives the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, commander, Pacific Regional Health Command Pacific, during a change of command ceremony held at Tripler Army Medical Center, July 15.

Tripler Army Medical Center
News Release


HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center held a change of command ceremony, July 15, to welcome Col. Andrew M. Barr and say aloha to Col. David K. Dunning, outgoing commander, at the hospital’s Oceanside flagpole.

Barr comes to the position of command after serving in numerous positions during a 26-year career. His most recent assignment was serving as the commander of the U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy.

“To the Tripler ohana, your reputation for excellence is widely and well known and I am both honored and humbled to serve as your commander,” Barr said. “I pledge to you my best and tireless effort, and will provide you the leadership, climate, resources and training necessary for us to accomplish our mission of taking care of our patients and their families.”

“Today we bid farewell to Col. Dunning, whose contributions are numerous,” said Brig. Gen. Bartram Providence, commander, Regional Health Command-Pacific. “Dave has led this organization to new heights of great success recognized and celebrated by its most senior leaders across MEDCOM and the Department of Defense.”

Barr’s background and experience are impressive, displaying the exact career path that the Army looks for in its officers to be leaders in health care organizations and to ensure mission success, said Providence.

As the commander of the largest medical facility in the Pacific, serving nearly 400,000 people in the Pacific Basin, employing nearly 4,000 medical professionals as the single largest civilian employer on the island of Oahu and managing a 416 million dollar budget, Dunning has had several notable accomplishments.

Some of Dunning’s accomplishments include traffic improvements, opening a new Progressive Care Unit, beginning construction on the renovations for the new intensive care unit, bringing inpatient room-service to the hospital and expanding education, training and research at TAMC.

“It is a sad day to bid farewell, but as I do, I do it with pride,” Dunning said. “I have had the privilege of commanding the best hospital – and there is no doubt about that – in the military health system. I am especially proud of our performance in the areas of quality, access, patient satisfaction and readiness. Triple excels as the premier health readiness platform in the Pacific basin in support of the Army Navy Marines Air force and Coast Guard. The spirit of ohana permeates the soul of this organization.”

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