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The Military Health System is an interconnected network of service members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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How One Military Nurse Persevered Through the COVID-19 Response

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5/5/2022
Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling, a medical-surgical nurse at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Family Health Clinic, Texas, was deployed to support the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan in 2021. They administered vaccinations to U.S. citizens, service members, and foreign military members as well as supported the preparation to withdraw from the country. (Photo: Courtesy of Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling)

Nurses across the Military Health System have played a vital role in providing routine patient care and meeting the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I Love the Intensity’ – One Nurse Recalls Three COVID-19 Deployments

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5/5/2022
In 2020, Air Force 1st Lt. Tiffany Parra, an ICU nurse at the 633rd Medical Group, on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, was deployed to a North Dakota hospital to support a FEMA COVID-19 mission. In the photo, she trains on equipment used for critical patients in a North Dakota ICU. (Photo: Courtesy of Air Force 1st Lt. Tiffany Parra)

Nurses are unique, they follow a calling to care for others. Military nurses do that as well as serve their nation. For Nurses Week, the MHS highlights some of their own.

332d EMDG Airmen 'punch above their weight'

Article Around MHS
5/4/2022
Military medical personnel in Army hospital

The 332d Expeditionary Medical Group is a small group of dedicated medical professionals providing a variety of services to support members of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing.

Winn ACH prepares to transition to MHS GENESIS

Article Around MHS
5/4/2022
Military Health Personnel in Army hospital

U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Stewart – Hunter Army Airfield healthcare continues to prepare to transition healthcare records to the new Department of Defense system - Military Health System GENESIS.

Chicago area Army Reserve Soldiers donate blood to combat supply shortage

Article Around MHS
5/4/2022
Military medical personnel donating blood

Earlier this Spring, the 85th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command hosted an Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drive at the COL Paul G. Schulstad United States Army Reserve Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Limb Loss: DHA's Three Advanced Rehab Centers Provide Holistic Care

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5/4/2022
U.S. Marine LCpl. Annika Hutsler works with James Malinak, a prosthetician at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care clinic to adjust her prosthetic leg. C5 serves to deliver multidisciplinary, quality health services in an outpatient rehabilitation facility for wounded, ill, and injured service members. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg)

For amputees, three Advanced Rehabilitation Centers provide holistic ranges of care to fully restore human function and enhance the quality of life of service members and veterans with extremity trauma and amputation.

Updated Army directive to help new parents care for children, maintain health

Article Around MHS
5/3/2022
Secretary of the Army Christine E. Wormuth signs directive

Last month, Army Secretary Christine E. Wormuth aprroved new Parenthood, Pregnancy and Postpartum Army Directive which has updated regulations for parents and families into the 12 policy changes included in the omnibus directive.

DOD Cancer Research Program Aims to 'End Cancer as We Know It Today'

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5/3/2022
Dr. Craig Shriver is leading a renewed DOD/DHA effort to significantly expand cancer research and save lives through personalized medical treatments using proteogenomics. Shriver is director of the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. (Photo: Bernard Little, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

DOD/DHA to greatly expand Military Health System cancer research, with a roundtable on the effort slated for May 4.

New MHS GENESIS Capabilities Deployed at BAMC and LACKLAND

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5/3/2022
Trauma personnel receive an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO patient into the Emergency Department at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Jan. 24, 2022. MHS GENESIS new functionalities support BAMC’s Level I Trauma Center. (Photo: Corey Toye, Brooke Army Medical Center)

Wave BAMC and Wave LACKLAND simultaneously deployed the new single common federal electronic health record (EHR), which the DOD calls MHS GENESIS. With these Waves, the DOD activated over 11,000 new MHS GENESIS users.

Does body mass define Soldier’s fitness level?

Article Around MHS
5/2/2022
Military personnel working out

 The Department of Defense recently updated its 20-year-old policy that establishes body composition and physical fitness standards for active-duty service members to ensure optimal physical readiness.

Altitude chambers hit rare 50,000-foot mark for manned research

Article Around MHS
5/2/2022
Military personnel running an oxygen system test in an Altitude Chamber

Three of the lab’s Research Altitude Chambers, better known as the RACs, are now certified for manned research up to 50,000 feet.

Pandemic Spotlights the Vital Role of Military Lab Workers

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5/2/2022
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ashley Solomon, 18th Medical Support Squadron NCO in charge of microbiology, unloads blood samples from a centrifuge at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 31, 2019. (Photo: Tech. Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks, U.S. Air Force)

MHS clinical labs produce results.

USU to Host May 4th DOD Cancer Moonshot Roundtable

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5/2/2022
Shanti Durairaj, lead mammographer, Breast Imaging Center of the Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed, conducts a tomosynthesis mammogram, which allows providers to see a three-dimensional image of the breast. (Photo: Bernard Little, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

On May 4, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) will host the Department of Defense Cancer Moonshot Roundtable as part of a day-long series of agency events sponsored by the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Surveillance Snapshot: Tick-borne Encephalitis in Military Health System Beneficiaries, 2012–2021

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5/1/2022
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Tick-borne Encephalitis in Military Health System Beneficiaries, 2012–2021. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection of the central nervous system that is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks, mostly found in wooded habitats in parts of Europe and Asia

Evaluation of ICD-10-CM-based Case Definitions of Ambulatory Encounters for COVID-19 Among Department of Defense Health Care Beneficiaries

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5/1/2022
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This is the first evaluation of ICD-10-CM-based cased definitions for COVID-19 surveillance among DOD health care beneficiaries. The 3 case definitions ranged from highly specific to a lower specificity, but improved balance between sensitivity and specificity.

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