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Hinkle Construction of Sterling, VA and they were proud to support bringing the SFHW workshop, which they attended, to WRNMMC, McShane said.
On executive rounds in one of the WRNMMC clinics, I was reminded of the difference between the "chief" at the old WRAMC and the "chief" at NNMC when I asked a young sailor to get me her chief.
With nearly as much dexterity as a natural limb, 22 degrees of motion, and independent movement of fingers, the 9-pound Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) was developed as part of a 4-year program by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), along with WRNMMC and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
WRNMMC was successfully delivered by the design-build team of Clark/Balfour Beatty, A Joint Venture and designer-of-record HKS Architects, with the initial concept design developed by AECOM and HOK Architects.
A decision was made that all members of Cohort 1 would be seen at WRNMMC. While this strategy incurred travel costs, the purpose of having all individuals evaluated at one location was to promote standardization.
Additionally, an integrated system of nationwide VADOD collaborative case management was established; VA rehabilitation nurse liaisons are embedded in the DOD's WRNMMC and San Antonio Military Medical Center, and military liaisons are present in many of the VA polytrauma sites.
Senior civilian and military leadership accomplished this through the reviews noted above, and a follow-up evaluation by the Defense Health Board (DHB) entitled "Achieving World Class." (5) The latter review examined the planned integration of military medical facilities in the NCR, and plans for WRNMMC and FBCH to determine if they were being designed and constructed to be world-class medical facilities.
An example of this has been the partnership between WRNMMC, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Human Engineering Research Laboratories within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
As of this writing 2 years since the merger, in addition to the 2 civilians, a total of 21 Medical Corps officers, 5 Nurse Corps officers, 15 Medical Service Corps officers (including pharmacist, psychologist, social worker, optometrist, and administrator specialties), and 2 Dental Corps officers have served as either chief of staff, assistant chief of staff, or deputy commander at FBCH and WRNMMC.
As an adjunct to more traditional treatment modalities, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is currently involved with several human-animal bond programs that allow rehabilitating Soldiers to skillfully train potential mobility service dogs for Veterans with mobility impairments.
It is recognition of this desire of Wounded Warriors to serve combined with the needs of shelter dogs that inspired the staff at the Washington Humane Society's (WHS) Behavior and Learning Center to develop Dog Tags, open (free of charge) to all ranks of enlisted service members recuperating at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).
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