By Brandy Ostanik
WASHINGTON - During a video teleconference in May 2013, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army surgeon general, recognized members of Bassett Army Community Hospital’s (BACH) Arctic Baby Boom team with Army Medicine’s Wolf Pack Award for the third quarter. At that time she made the team a promise; “If you win, I will personally come to Alaska to deliver the award.”
Horoho made good on that promise when she, Command Sgt. Maj. Donna Brock and AMEDD Civilian Corps Chief, Gregg Stevens presented the 2013 Wolf Pack of the Year Award to a full house of Medical Department Activity–Alaska staff members Dec. 11.
The award was accepted by Capt. Lisa Chapman, chief of Women’s Health. The BACH Arctic Baby Boom team was formed in 2012 in response to a surge of expected deliveries in early 2013 after the redeployment of more than 4,000 soldiers. For six months, team members – both military and civilian – met to plan and ensure an adequate number of knowledgeable staff, equipment and a sound patient flow system were in place to support the mission while never compromising patient care standards.
At the height of the baby boom, BACH personnel cared for 100 percent more patients than routinely managed. Horoho spoke of the teamwork that was necessary to safely accommodate the large number of births, “When you look at what it takes to run a hospital, from janitorial to dietary, ancillary and clinical, it takes everyone together to make sure things run smoothly,” said Horoho.
“You made a difference to your patients. You could have made an easy decision to send these Families to the civilian sector but you made the decision to go above and beyond. When you think about what you gave them, it’s not just about the place; you gave them a home that showed Army medicine cared about them.”
The Arctic Baby Boom Team was selected among the four winners of the quarterly awards for the year: Northern Regional Medical Command Team Wolf, Winn Army Community Hopsital Physical Therapy Team, and Fort Carson MEDDAC’s Embedded Behavioral Health Team. In total, 17 teams were nominated in 2013 for the Wolf Pack Award.