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DVIDS – News – WRNMMC Responds to President’s National Call to Fight New Wave of COVID-19

By Alpha Kamara, WRNMMC Command Communications

WRNMMC, Bethesda, MD – As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and rising cases due to the Omicron variant, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is supporting President Joe’s mobilization Biden of 1,000 troops to help in places across the country where hospitals have been overwhelmed due to understaffing. More than 400 of these mobilized medical suppliers will come from the national capital regional market.
“They are part of a major deployment of our country’s armed forces to help hospitals across the country manage this surge of the Omicron virus – this surge that is impacting hospitals,” President Biden said in January 2022. “Like all healthcare workers, they are heroes, and I am grateful for what they are doing,” he added. the-response-covid-19/
“A good part of those [mobilizing] staff will be removed from [WRNMMC]. This task is in addition to our recent Rural Rapid Response (RRR) deployments, which have also removed some key medical personnel from our ranks,” said the Army Brig. Gen. Jack Davis and Navy Command Master Chief Trey Hauptmann in a message to staff members.
Davis, the director of WRNMMC, and Hauptmann, its chief executive, acknowledged the efforts and sacrifices that staff and beneficiaries have made over the past two years.
“As the flagship of military medicine, we of course stand ready to support our nation in times of crisis,” Davis continued. “At the same time, the loss of key personnel will undoubtedly impact our ability to provide care to some of our beneficiaries. We will need to work with our beneficiaries to help them explore a full range of patient care options consistent with our commitment to safe, quality care.
These options include expanded virtual health services and the Military Health System (MHS) nurse advice line for routine care, as well as community emergency services and urgent care centers for acute care. .
Recognizing the impact of the pandemic on staff, WRNMMC management encouraged its team to protect each other. “As we strive to extend care to our patients, let us not forget to extend care to our colleagues and colleagues. We often praise the family aspect of this organization. Therefore, now is the time to check in on your siblings to make sure no one is being pushed to the limit, not working through lunch breaks, or failing to get the support they need in a timely manner. As I mentioned before, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This certainly applies to our [WRNMMC] family.”
The support provided by the WRNMMC in response to President Biden’s COVID-19 plan is consistent with the Defense Health Agency’s readiness objective of providing “a medically ready force and a medically ready force” to assist the nation during peacetime. and war.
“Recently, we have 250 active duty personnel on standby,” said Command Sgt. Major Timothy White, Clinical Director of WRNMMC. “This group of 250 [includes] a mix of those staged to deploy on a “readiness to deploy” (PTDO) status and those who actually deployed. We are ready to deploy more when called upon. All of these deployments are related to COVID-19. This has resulted in a reduction in beds and clinical services, but I hope our beneficiaries will understand that we continue to serve them, that we are responding to a mandate at the national level.
Whenever military personnel are called upon to deploy anywhere inside and outside the country, it is their mandate to respond quickly, White explained. “When those orders come in, we deliver 100% of what we’re asked to do on short notice. Sometimes within hours, service members have to pack up and be ready to go,” he said.
White said leaving family members behind for quick deployment elsewhere is one of the sacrifices often made by service members and their families. “The military lifestyle is unpredictable; they leave behind family members to serve the nation,” he added.
As difficult as these deployments may be, WRNMMC leadership has this message of courage and praise for its personnel who are playing a key role in the response.
“If 2020 and 2021 have shown us anything, it’s the incredible resilience of this organization. But this resilience does not come from the building. It is not found in bricks or floor tiles. It comes from the people. This organization is amazing because our people are amazing. And if you’re looking for a promising sign or silver lining as we enter 2022, look no further than this obvious truth,” Davis and Hauptmann concluded.
You can read more about patient care options for WRNMMC beneficiaries at this link:

Date taken: 19.01.2022
Date posted: 19.01.2022 10:58
Story ID: 413072

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