Womack Army Medical Center and the medical clinic at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are streamlining efforts to support the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act by strengthening alliances to improve access to quality care.
Recently, the clinic at Seymour Johnson was understaffed in their radiology department, which maintains a cumbersome daily mission requirement.
“We had some staff challenges that usually would take at least six months to resolve,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Perez, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the radiology clinic.
Womack was able to help mitigate the personnel issue within days at Seymour Johnson by sending a radiology technician to support their mission.
Spc. Zachary Bevington, whose main goal in joining the military was to be a radiology technician, has been supporting the clinic for more than a month. Bevington is attached to the Womack Army Medical Center and assisting the Goldsboro base with staff shortages.
“I have been performing diagnostic radiology because doctors constantly come in wanting to see what’s going on inside of their patients,” Bevington said. “I’m very happy to be able to come here and help. I love being a part of the patient healing process.”
Since last year, Womack and other medical treatment facilities in the Carolinas started undergoing a transition of all clinical administrative policies and processes to be managed by the Department of Health Agency.
In October, Congress directed the DHA to assume responsibility for the administration and management of healthcare at all military medical treatment facilities.
This transfer maximizes efficiencies by eliminating redundancies in headquarters, intermediate commands, clinical functions and business processes.
The objective is to provide a continuity of care during a seamless transition in order to maintain a ready and lethal U.S. military.
This transition will allow all Department of Defense medical treatment facilities to operate under one umbrella.
“It’s great to have more people across the services that work in the same specialty care,” Perez said. “It’s very appropriate to have a standard across the board regarding military medicine.”
Womack, and the medical treatment facilities on Pope Army Airfield and Seymour Johnson, have all been aligned to fall under the Central North Carolina Market.
The medical treatment facilities are the first to undergo the transition to DHA and should be finished by 2020.
Seymour Johnson AFB is on the list of clinics to begin with the first phase of transitioning under the DHA.