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    DoD, Air Force medical leaders visit JB Charleston



    Story by Airman 1st Class Helena Owens 

    Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

    Defense Health Agency leadership visited Joint Base Charleston July 30, 2018, to better understand the unique mission sets of the base and the needs of beneficiaries served by the 628th Medical Group as it transitions to fall under DHA management.
    The 628th MDG is one of the first military treatment facilities to transition to the DHA supervision.
    “The transition to DHA management for beneficiaries of the 628th Medical Group will be seamless,” said Lt. Col. Trevor Schar, 628th MDG deputy commander. “The medical group will continue to offer the same services and commitment to delivering first rate healthcare to the patients we serve every day.”
    The visit allowed senior medical leaders including Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director and Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, surgeon general, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, a chance to develop a better understanding of the medical services provided by the 628th MDG as well as the strengths and challenges of delivering high quality healthcare in the Charleston region. It also provided the opportunity for the DHA to field and answer questions from JB Charleston leadership and Airmen at the 628th MDG regarding the transition from separate military treatment facilities like Air Force Medical Service, to one combined administration known as the Defense Health Agency.
    This visit consisted of a mission brief to welcome our guests, a lunch with medical senior
    leadership, a medical group facility walking tour and ended with an in-depth question and
    answer session between DHA leadership and Airmen from the 628th MDG.
    “I know there are a lot of questions you might have,” said Bono. “We are very interested to hear what your thoughts are and what we can do to make this transition as easy as possible.”
    The 628th MDG is slated to transition in October 2018, but Naval Health Clinic Charleston will not transition until a later date.
    “This provides the opportunity to compare and contrast changes in the medical group operations under DHA management against a similar sized military treatment facility in the same market,” said Schar.
    By October 2020 all military treatment facilities are scheduled to transition to DHA management. The hope is to make military treatment facilities standard across services and keep providing trusted care to military members and their families.
    “I need to find a way to bring all the expertise and abilities from Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines together,” said Bono. “This way we don’t keep doing the same thing four different ways.”



    Date Taken: 08.01.2018
    Date Posted: 09.20.2018 13:11
    Story ID: 293356

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