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Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

Article
6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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MHS Facts and Figures

Infographic
5/1/2017
The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

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How long do I wait for an urgent appointment? A window into waiting times in military medicine

Article
4/19/2017
MHS Seal

The Military Health System places significant priority on ensuring our service members and their families have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need

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Nurse Advice Line: Lifeline to parents in the Military Health System

Article
4/17/2017
Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line. Call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1 to get connected. (MHS graphic)

Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line

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USNS Mercy: Deployable Medical Center

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4/11/2017
U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

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Why do you want to be a military doctor?

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3/30/2017
Why do you want to be a military doctor?

During the 2017 Military Health System Female Physician Leadership Conference, we asked some military medical students and junior officers to share why they want to be a military medical doctor.

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Nurse Advice Line Every Day

Infographic
3/1/2017
Average daily stats for the Nurse Advice Line.

The Nurse Advice Line has had 1.5 million callers to date. This infographic provides average stats per day.

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Providing TLC for ICU babies

Article
1/19/2017
New mom Kimberly Neifert watches NICU Nurse Brandy Lor check the breathing rate of her daughter Ruelyn at Madigan Army Medical Center. Premature babies experience faster heart rates than adults and may also pause longer between breaths due to immature breathing patterns. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

Needing the care of a neonatal ICU is not something most families anticipate

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AMSUS recognizes Belvoir Hospital providers

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12/12/2016
Dr. Robin Meadows, Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at Belvoir Hospital, accepted the 2016 Improved Access Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, at a ceremony in Washington Dec. 1. During the event, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Heather Shattuck was recognized as Nurse of the Year by the organization. This is the third year in a row that the honor has gone to a Belvoir Hospital nurse.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital receives 2016 Improved Access Award for drastically reducing wait times in the Outpatient Pharmacy.

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Collaboration is key to military health system

Article
11/25/2016
Army Brig. Gen. Ronald T. Stephens

Collaboration between the services improves access to care, removes unnecessary redundancies, reduces variation in care, and will ultimately improve patient experiences

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Centering prenatal care around you

Article
11/22/2016
The first Tripler Army Medical Center Centering Pregnancy program mothers and babies pose for a photo during a special reunion. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paxton Busch)

Select Army medical treatment facilities will offer expectant mothers a chance to participate in Centering Pregnancy

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Virtual health extends Army Medicine reach

Article
11/21/2016
Army Lt. Col. Robert Cornfeld, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, conducts the first in-home virtual health visit within Regional Health Command Europe. In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic. (U.S. Army photo by Ashley Patoka)

In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic

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The future of intensive care: Tele-ICU

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11/7/2016
United States Air Force Medical Service Seal

The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center partners with Veteran Affairs to bring the first Tele-ICU to the Critical Care Unit, improving the quality of patient care

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Eifel Health Consortium: German doctors examine base healthcare

Article
11/2/2016
Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care providers to discuss respective healthcare capabilities, practices, philosophies, approaches and concerns in an effort to continuously provide trusted care to Spangdahlem families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Currier)

The event marked the first executive-level, healthcare collaboration event of this magnitude at a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa base

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Eifel Health Consortium

Photo
11/2/2016
Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care providers to discuss respective healthcare capabilities, practices, philosophies, approaches and concerns in an effort to continuously provide trusted care to Spangdahlem families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Currier)

Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care ...

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Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

Article
6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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Access to Health Care | Health Readiness

MHS Facts and Figures

Infographic
5/1/2017
The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

The Military Health System cares for almost 10 million Americans of all ages, delivering care in military hospitals or clinics, or providing coordinated care through our civilian TRICARE networks.

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care

How long do I wait for an urgent appointment? A window into waiting times in military medicine

Article
4/19/2017
MHS Seal

The Military Health System places significant priority on ensuring our service members and their families have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Patient Satisfaction and Access | MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients)

Nurse Advice Line: Lifeline to parents in the Military Health System

Article
4/17/2017
Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line. Call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1 to get connected. (MHS graphic)

Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Children's Health

USNS Mercy: Deployable Medical Center

Video
4/11/2017
U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

U.S. Navy Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners explain the mission of the USNS Mercy and its capabilities.

Recommended Content:

Health Readiness | Access to Health Care

Why do you want to be a military doctor?

Video
3/30/2017
Why do you want to be a military doctor?

During the 2017 Military Health System Female Physician Leadership Conference, we asked some military medical students and junior officers to share why they want to be a military medical doctor.

Recommended Content:

Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics

Nurse Advice Line Every Day

Infographic
3/1/2017
Average daily stats for the Nurse Advice Line.

The Nurse Advice Line has had 1.5 million callers to date. This infographic provides average stats per day.

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care

Providing TLC for ICU babies

Article
1/19/2017
New mom Kimberly Neifert watches NICU Nurse Brandy Lor check the breathing rate of her daughter Ruelyn at Madigan Army Medical Center. Premature babies experience faster heart rates than adults and may also pause longer between breaths due to immature breathing patterns. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

Needing the care of a neonatal ICU is not something most families anticipate

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AMSUS recognizes Belvoir Hospital providers

Article
12/12/2016
Dr. Robin Meadows, Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at Belvoir Hospital, accepted the 2016 Improved Access Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, at a ceremony in Washington Dec. 1. During the event, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Heather Shattuck was recognized as Nurse of the Year by the organization. This is the third year in a row that the honor has gone to a Belvoir Hospital nurse.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital receives 2016 Improved Access Award for drastically reducing wait times in the Outpatient Pharmacy.

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care

Collaboration is key to military health system

Article
11/25/2016
Army Brig. Gen. Ronald T. Stephens

Collaboration between the services improves access to care, removes unnecessary redundancies, reduces variation in care, and will ultimately improve patient experiences

Recommended Content:

Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | MHS GENESIS | Multi-Service Markets | Puget Sound

Centering prenatal care around you

Article
11/22/2016
The first Tripler Army Medical Center Centering Pregnancy program mothers and babies pose for a photo during a special reunion. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paxton Busch)

Select Army medical treatment facilities will offer expectant mothers a chance to participate in Centering Pregnancy

Recommended Content:

Women's Health | Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | San Antonio

Virtual health extends Army Medicine reach

Article
11/21/2016
Army Lt. Col. Robert Cornfeld, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, conducts the first in-home virtual health visit within Regional Health Command Europe. In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic. (U.S. Army photo by Ashley Patoka)

In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic

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Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Innovation | Technology

The future of intensive care: Tele-ICU

Article
11/7/2016
United States Air Force Medical Service Seal

The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center partners with Veteran Affairs to bring the first Tele-ICU to the Critical Care Unit, improving the quality of patient care

Recommended Content:

Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Technology

Eifel Health Consortium: German doctors examine base healthcare

Article
11/2/2016
Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care providers to discuss respective healthcare capabilities, practices, philosophies, approaches and concerns in an effort to continuously provide trusted care to Spangdahlem families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Currier)

The event marked the first executive-level, healthcare collaboration event of this magnitude at a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa base

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Eifel Health Consortium

Photo
11/2/2016
Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care providers to discuss respective healthcare capabilities, practices, philosophies, approaches and concerns in an effort to continuously provide trusted care to Spangdahlem families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Currier)

Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care ...

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