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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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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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AMSUS: How to care for warriors who used to be wounded

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12/9/2016
Navy Capt. Walter Greenhalgh (far right), National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) director, moderated a discussion on care after acute injuries during the “I Used to be a Wounded Warrior” session at the recent AMSUS (the Society of Federal Health Professionals) meeting near Washington, D.C. Joining him on the stage are (l-r) Rory Cooper, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology, and professor of Bioengineering, Physical Medicine & Rehab, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh; retired Army Col. Greg Gadson; Larry Miller, retired U.S. Navy physician assistant and now with the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida; and Dr. Paul Pasquina, retired Army doctor and currently chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Military, civilian panel discuss how to help wounded service members move beyond their injuries and resume as normal a life as possible

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Military and civilian experts came together at AMSUS to share practices in providing best care possible

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12/9/2016
Boris Lushniak, department chair for the department of preventive medicine and biostatistics at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, spoke about raising the bar for preventive medicine at AMSUS (The Society of Federal Health Professionals) 2016 in National Harbor, near Washington D.C.

Experts across MHS come together to discuss ways to move forward in providing best clinical care possible

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VA Deputy Secretary highlights successes, vision to improve care as AMSUS 2016 concludes

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12/9/2016
Sloan D. Gibson, deputy secretary of Veteran’s Affairs, provides closing remarks to attendees of the AMSUS 2016 Conference Dec. 2, 2016.

VA Dep Sec gives closing remarks at AMSUS 2016 Conference

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Walter Reed doc receives AMSUS award for work on antibiotic resistant bacteria

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12/9/2016
Army Lt. Col. Kurt Schaecher (right), chief of the Infectious Disease laboratory at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, receives the Healthcare Excellence in Patient Safety award from Dr. Karen Guice (left), principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, at the AMSUS (the Society of Federal Health Professionals) meeting, Dec. 1, 2016, at National Harbor near Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of AMSUS)

Antibiotic resistant bacteria is an important subject for military medicine. A doctor at Walter Reed has been recognized for his work discovering a bacteria with a gene that makes it resistant to the antibiotic of last resort.

MHS clinicians focus on journey to high reliability at AMSUS 2016 conference

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12/8/2016
Deputy Surgeon General Navy Rear Adm. Terry Moulton addresses MHS clinicians at the 2016 AMSUS Conference.

MHS clinicians discuss issues, improving quality of care, and how they can become a high reliability organization at AMSUS 2016 conference

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Veterinary Corps Soldiers work behind the scenes

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12/8/2016
Army Spc. Tyler Davis, Fort Lee Veterinary Services, uses a swab to test a food preparation area for bacteria at the Defense Commissary Agency store here recently. Davis, a veterinary food inspection specialist, is part of the effort that ensures food safety and security on installations all over the world. (U.S. Army photo by T. Anthony Bell)

The Army is the Department of Defense's subject matter expert on food safety and provides guidance regarding issues that impact the health of DoD personnel

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Improving surgical safety

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12/7/2016
Medical personnel conduct a procedure at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center operating room. Eisenhower AMC was recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program for its surgical safety and quality of care for the second year in a row. (U.S. Army photo by John Corley)

The Army NSQIP program is part of a military, tri-service surgical quality collaboration with the Defense Health Agency

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Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 years later

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12/7/2016
Harold Mainer, now 95, was stationed on the USS Helena when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The Arkansas native was only 20 years old at the time and had joined the Navy a year before. He served in the Navy throughout the war and was honorably discharged Jan. 17, 1947. (Photos courtesy of the Mainer family)

Navy Medicine played a critical role during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, MHS honors the 75th anniversary

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Bono tells DHA: ‘You’re the reason we could do this’

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12/6/2016
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), held a town hall Dec. 6, 2016, from the agency’s headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, with connections to satellite offices around the country.

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA), held a town hall Dec. 6, 2016, from the agency’s headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, with connections to satellite offices around the country.

Special Operations surgical team saves hundreds during deployment

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12/6/2016
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Surgical Teams practiced integration operations with a special operations partner force during an exercise. SOST members are military medical professionals selected to provide battlefield trauma and other surgical support in a special operations mission set. SOST members often forward deploy to austere or hostile areas to perform life-saving trauma surgery for special operators with little to no facility support. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team treats more than 750 patients during a recent deployment to the Middle East

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Year in Review: MHS stepped up measures against antibiotic resistant bacteria

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12/6/2016
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan saw a rise in antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. In 2016 the Military Health System stepped up efforts to identify and study such bacteria and share information gathered with the larger health-care community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart)

If the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues unchecked, we will be at a point where we really don’t have antibiotics to treat simple things

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2016 Federal Civilian Nurse Award presented at AMSUS

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12/5/2016
The recipients of the 2016 MHS Federal Civilian Nursing Excellence in Leadership Awards are (left to right): Nursing Junior (Army) Lydia Kreighbaum, Fort Carson Medical Department Activity, Fort Carson, Colorado; Nursing Junior (Navy) Judith Graff, Naval Health Clinic, Annapolis, Maryland; and Nursing Junior (Air Force) Coral Marie Warren, Headquarters 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida. (MHS photo by John Davis)

The Military Health System honored its top federal civilian nurses during an awards ceremony Dec. 1, at AMSUS Federal Health 2016 in Washington, D.C.

2016 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Awards presented at AMSUS

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12/5/2016
Accepting awards on behalf of their commands for 2016 Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety awards are (left to right): Capt. Jason Heaton, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Honorable Mentions 1,5 and 7; Maj. Renee Matos, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Award 3 and Honorable Mentions 4 and 8; Lt. Col. Kurt Schaecher, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Award 2; Lt. Cmdr. Brent Lacey, Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida, Award 1; and Col. Lozay Foots III, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, Honorable Mention 3. (MHS photo by John Davis)

The Military Health System honored its top military treatment facilities making “advancements towards high reliability in healthcare” during an awards ceremony Dec. 1, at AMSUS Federal Health 2016 in Washington, D.C.

2016 Improved Access Awards presented at AMSUS

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12/5/2016
Accepting awards on behalf of their commands for the 2016 Improved Access awards are (left to right): Capt. Jason Heaton, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Access to Specialty Care; Mark Smithwick and Capt Matthew Jansen, 97th Medical Group, Altus AFB, Oklahoma, Access to Primary Care (1st Place); Maj Brittanie Neaves, 14th Medical Group, Columbus AFB, Mississippi, Access to Primary Care (2nd Place); Dr. Robin Meadows, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Virginia, Pharmacy Access; Col. David Duplessis, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Embedded Specialists; Sarah McComb, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Washington, Operational Access to Primary Care; and Maj Riliwan Ottun, U.S. Army Medical Command, San Antonio, Access to Primary Care (3rd Place). (MHS photo by John Davis)

The Military Health System honored its top military treatment facilities making “advancements towards high reliability in healthcare” during an awards ceremony Dec. 1, at AMSUS Federal Health 2016 in Washington, D.C.

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