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Military Health System Honors Military and Civilian Providers for Excellence in Health Care

Image of U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Swati Singh, chief medical informatics officer of the United States Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., received the junior Female Physician Leadership Excellence Award during the Military Health System Awards Ceremony at National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 16. Pictured are, from left, U.S. Navy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle, Lt. Cmdr. Singh, Defense Health Agency Director U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, Rear Adm. Aisha Mix, chief nurse officer of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and Seileen Mullen, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Swati Singh, chief medical informatics officer of the United States Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., received the junior Female Physician Leadership Excellence Award during the Military Health System Awards Ceremony at National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 16. Pictured are, from left, U.S. Navy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, U.S. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle, Lt. Cmdr. Singh, Defense Health Agency Director U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, Rear Adm. Aisha Mix, chief nurse officer of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and Seileen Mullen, acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. (Credit: Robert Hammer)

The annual Military Health System Excellence Awards recognized leaders from across the MHS in a ceremony at the 2024 annual meeting of AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals, held in National Harbor, Maryland, on Feb. 15.

Dr. Lester Martínez-López, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told winners they embodied the bright future of the MHS.

“No challenge will be too small if we pull together with the energy and commitment you represent,” Martínez said. “Nothing will stand in front of us.”

Military health leaders joined Martínez to present awards at the ceremony, including U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Anthony McQueen; Army deputy surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Rear Adm. Denise Hinton, USPHS deputy surgeon general; U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, Air Force surgeon general; and AMSUS Executive Director and CEO John Cho.

Individual professional awards were given in four categories. The awards highlighted remarkable achievements in a range of topics including leadership, innovation, and other elements of military medicine.

2023 Award for the Advancement of Women Physicians in Military Medicine

This award recognized female physicians for their contributions to military medicine, and for their work mentoring and inspiring young women working in the fields of medicine and science.

Junior Winners

Senior Winners

2023 Military Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

Military and civilian registered nurses were honored for their excellence in the field at the tactical and operational level. They demonstrated exemplary leadership and skill resulting in noteworthy clinical or administrative accomplishments that improved the image and practice of nursing in the MHS while exhibiting exceptional compassion and commitment to patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession.

Junior Winners

Midgrade Winners

Senior Winners

2023 Civilian Nursing Leadership Excellence Award

Senior Winners

2023 Allied Health Leadership Excellence Award

This award honored military allied health professionals in the field at the tactical and operational level. They demonstrated exemplary leadership along with outstanding clinical or non-clinical skills.

Junior Non Provider

Senior Non Provider

Senior Provider

2023 Department of Defense Advancement Toward High Reliability in Health Care Award

Teams from across the services were recognized in four categories:

Continuous Process Improvement

Leadership Commitment

Patient Centeredness

Martínez closed the ceremony by thanking winners for their service.

“Thank you for your commitment to our enterprise, and to our service members, families and retirees. I'm encouraged we continue to move forward with impressive people like you.”

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