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The Military Health System 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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As Solar Eclipse Excitement Builds, Keep Vision Safety in Mind

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3/19/2024
As Solar Eclipse Excitement Builds, Keep Vision Safety in Mind

Millions will witness a rare total solar eclipse over North America on April 8. Defense health officials emphasize enjoying the moment with precautions to protect your eye health.

Military Medicine an ‘Indispensable Asset to Our Military and the Nation’

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3/19/2024
Military Medicine an ‘Indispensable Asset to Our Military and the Nation’

Defense Health Agency leaders outlined continuing efforts to transform the Military Health System and fulfill the agency’s mission to improve health and readiness for its 9.6 million beneficiaries at the annual meeting of AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals.

Defend Your Health: Screen for Colorectal Cancer

Article Around MHS
3/19/2024
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March emphasizes the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer and methods of risk reduction. (Defense Health Agency infographic by Michelle Gonzalez)

Military health experts recommend those 45 years of age and older to get screened for colorectal cancer.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Five Counties in Ohio Due to Storm Damage

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3/18/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Five Counties in Ohio Due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in five counties in Ohio may receive emergency prescription refills now through March 25, 2024, due to storm damage.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Eight Counties in Kansas due to Storm Damage

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3/18/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for Eight Counties in Kansas due to Storm Damage

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in eight counties in Kansas may receive emergency prescription refills now through March 25, 2024, due to storm damage.

Former Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Commander Cuts Ribbon for Fort Campbell VA Clinic

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
Dr. Lester Martinez-Lopez, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, DHA, ribbon cutting ceremony

Doctor Lester Martinez-Lopez, Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs and former Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and 86th Combat Support commander, returned to Fort Campbell to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new Fort Campbell VA Clinic inside BACH.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Officer Selected As One of Navy Medicine's Financial Management Officers of the Year

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mashiana Sutton was named Navy Medicine’s “Senior Financial Management Officer of the Year” for Fiscal Year 2023. Sutton serves as the director for resource management at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Camp Lejeune at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.  (Photo: Riley Eversull)

United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Mashiana Sutton has been named Navy Medicine’s Senior Financial Management Officer of the Year for 2023. Sutton currently serves at the director for resource management at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Camp Lejeune at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

Kimbrough Pharmacies Meet Medication Needs During System Outage

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
A pharmacy technician reviews medication requests getting filled through the dispensing system at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center's Main Pharmacy, Feb. 28, 2024. (Photo By Michelle Gonzalez)

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center staff from the main and Post Exchange pharmacies continue to provide medications to TRICARE beneficiaries during a systems outage that has affected military pharmacies worldwide and some national retail pharmacies since Feb. 21, 2024.

Patient Safety Awareness Week Celebrates, Educates, Empowers Hospital Team

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week Mar. 10-18, at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Johnson, Louisiana. Throughout the week, the patient safety manager and the quality management division created a week’s worth of activities, contests, and prizes ranging from crossword puzzles, word searches, costumes, and an escape room to engage BJACH Soldiers and staff on patient safety related topics.  (Photo By Jean Graves)

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week Mar. 10-18, at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Johnson, Louisiana.

Brig. Gen. Raney Visits Fort Novosel

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
Members of the Human Resources Department at Lyster Army Health Clinic were all smiles during a recent visit by Brig. Gen. Lance Raney, Commanding General, Medical Readiness Command, East, and Director, Defense Health Network, East, on March 1. (Photo By Janice Erdlitz)

Brig. Gen. Lance Raney, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Readiness Command, East and Director, Defense Health Network East, visited Fort Novosel March 1-2. The two-day visit kicked off with briefings by army medicine components followed by tours of facilities. Lt. Col. Garrett Holt, Lyster Army Health Clinic commander updated Raney on several topics that included how the clinic keeps aviators medically ready, clinical operations, and unit readiness.

The Inauguration of the Gavin Blair Sensory Room: Insights from a Provider

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3/18/2024
The Gavin Blair Sensory Room offers a calming space with sensory-friendly elements to alleviate patients' fears and anxieties. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

As the Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center hospital system has transitioned to a medical center, it has also transitioned patient care and continues to develop an inclusive environment for our special needs patients.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Physical Therapist Awarded Junior Officer of the Quarter

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
U.S. Navy Capt. Elizabeth Adriano, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command's Commander, right, presented Lt. Victoria Medved, left, with a Junior Officer of the Quarter, 4th Quarter, FY2023 certificate during an award presentation at NMRTC San Diego, March 12, 2024. (Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Celia Martin)

Selected as Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Junior Officer of the Quarter, fourth quarter, FY2023, Lt. Victoria Medved, NMCSD Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy assistant department head, exemplifies the significance of the award.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Observations from a Concussion Clinic Chief

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
An MRI shows integrating multimodal imaging biomarkers of changes in brain structure and function. Mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, is a major issue of concern in the military, as well as within the sports community. (Image courtesy of NIH.gov)

The chief of the concussion clinic at Munson Army Health Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, shares his experience diagnosing and treatment traumatic brain injuries in over 20 years of service.

“Cornerstone of Naval Healthcare at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point” Retires After More Than Four Decades of Service

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
CherryPoint

A civilian employee serving aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point retired in February 2024 after more than four decades of service to Marines and Sailors assigned to the installation and beneficiaries living in the surrounding communities.

Walter Reed Doctors Credited with Saving the Life of a Gym Patron

Article Around MHS
3/18/2024
From left, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Director, U.S. Navy Capt. (Dr.) Melissa C. Austin, recognizes Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) John Symons and Army Maj. (Dr.) John Schacht, Walter Reed doctors credited with saving the life of a heart attack victim at a local off-base gym on Feb. 25.

It’s not uncommon to hear about Walter Reed physicians saving lives within the walls of the iconic medical center, but it proved fortunate for one local gym patron suffering from a heart attack that two doctors from “the flagship of military medicine” were also getting in a workout at the same off-base facility on Feb. 25.

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