News: SRMC commander visits
Story by Laura Boyd
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Soldier and Patient-Centered Medical Home teams have shifted their approach to health care by expanding their services, while providing patient-centered medical care that offers Soldiers and their families a system for health. Recently Army Medicine’s Southern Regional Medical Commander Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan visited Fort Campbell’s medical services and saw the improvements firsthand.
“We are moving from a health care system to a system of health, and we have got to move the dial to prevention so we have to build sleep, activity and nutrition into everything we do,” said Keenan. “That is going to help move the dial from a health care system to a system of health where we prevent injuries and illness, where we build the resiliency that we need to build in our Soldiers and family members. That is what makes us Army strong.”
As Soldiers, civilians and contract employees work to offer Soldiers, retirees and their families the safe and effective patient-centered medical care available today, they are also working to reduce spending costs to help the nation reduce the budget deficit. Keenan said she understands the importance of thanking the Army Medicine team and the work they do daily to care for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell.
“Your team is very valuable,” said Keenan. “One of the things that I find most important is that we value each other as people and not as objects, because everything we do requires people.
“That really motivates people, to be recognized. And you’ve got a phenomenal team here who really understands selfless service,” Keenan said.
As Army Medicine’s Southern Regional Medical commanding general toured hospital services and visited with 101st Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, she shared the importance of readiness, not only for Soldiers but also for their families. Readiness includes medical teams providing continuity of care where patients trust the care they receive.
“Everything we do is about readiness,” said Keenan. “It is not only readiness of our Soldiers, but also the readiness of our families. And if we can ensure that we are not only enrolling our Soldiers and families to care, but also providing that care and providing that continuity of care where I know my provider and I feel that trust, then we’re providing better care.”