USNH Guam to stand up Navy Medicine Readiness Training Commands as they transition to the DHA

USNH Guam to stand up Navy Medicine Readiness Training Commands as they transition to the DHA

by U.S. Naval Hospital Guam
U.S. Navy

AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam (October 9, 2019) - U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam including Branch Medical Clinic and Branch Dental Clinic, will transition to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) no later than September 30, 2021.

To support the USNH Guam transition, Navy Medicine is establishing a co-located Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC). Navy Medicine, through the NMRTC, retains command and control of the uniformed medical force, and maintains responsibility and authority for operational readiness. This includes the medical readiness of Sailors and Marines, as well as the clinical readiness of the medical force.

The Guam NMRTC will improve the ability of USNH Guam to meet the needs of operational commanders. Survivability of Navy and Marine Corps personnel in the future warfighting environment requires a medical force that is ready to immediately deploy and save lives.

NMRTCs will report to Naval Medicine Forces Atlantic (NMFA) and Pacific (NMFP), formerly known as Navy Medicine East and West, which in turn are accountable to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Captain Maria Young will serve as both the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) director under the DHA, and the NMRTC commanding officer under Navy Medicine.

"It is our duty to provide world class medical care, but we also need to know how to deliver this same care during operational missions, the NMRTC will help us to do that," said Young.

The change in administration, management and control will be seamless to patients --service members, retirees, and family members --with little or no immediate effect on their experience of care.

"We will continue to deliver high quality care- that will not change," said Young. "In the long-run, our patients and service members will see improvements as a result of this integrated system."

To achieve Congress' requirements in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the DHA will assume administration and management of MTFs. This transition will increase efficiency by eliminating duplication, and enhancing standardization and consistency across the military services.

For the foreseeable future, all facilities' names will remain the same, and will maintain their Navy affiliation.

While DHA will be responsible for health care delivery and business operations, Navy Medicine will retain principal responsibility for operational readiness of the medical force.

For more information, contact U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Public Affairs Officer, Jaciyn Matanane at (671) 488-8986 or via email at Jaciyn.l.matanane.civ@mail.mil.

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