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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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Aptitude Update with Nurse Corps Skill Sustainment Fair at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Article Around MHS
1/29/2024
Competence clarified at Naval Hospital Bremerton…Cmdr. Krystal Chunaco, NHB Directorate of Surgical Services clinic manager receives refresher training on intraosseous devices from Lt. Barbara Kent, NHB Pediatrics Clinic department head, who was also the lead coordinator of the multi-disciplinary and collaborative Nurse Corps Skills Sustainment Fair – billed as a nursing fair for nurses by nurses - held over a two-day period in mid-January 2024. (Photo: Douglas H Stutz)

They came from Urgent Care Clinic, Family Medicine Department, the Main Operating Room and elsewhere, including the command suite. All were welcomed participants at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Nurse Corps Skills Sustainment Fair – billed as a nursing fair for nurses by nurses - held over a two-day period in mid-January 2024.

Medical Center Breaks New Medical Ground in Thyroid Treatment Therapy

Article Around MHS
1/29/2024
Surgical monitor displays progress of thyroid ablation procedure at the Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center January 12, 2024. (Department of Defense photo by Kyle Harvey)

Talented physicians from the Ear, Nose, and Throat Medical Service Team at the Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center (ATAMMC) achieved a significant milestone by successfully performing one of the first thyroid nodule ablations in the military health system. This groundbreaking procedure showcases the team's extensive training and proficiencies, and represents a major advancement in the field of thyroid medical treatment.

Ask the Doc: What’s Up with all the Personal Questions my Doctors Ask?

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1/26/2024
Ask the Doc: What’s Up with all the Personal Questions my Doctors Ask?

Our expert, U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Peter Armanas, explains why you are asked personal questions about your physical and mental health at doctors’ appointments.

Explore What TRICARE Covers

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1/26/2024
Explore What TRICARE Covers

TRICARE offers comprehensive coverage to help you get and stay healthy. Knowing what’s included in this coverage can help you make the most of your benefit and avoid unexpected costs.

Conquering Winter Blues: A Personal Triumph

Article Around MHS
1/26/2024
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kaitlin Castillo, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs journeyman, poses for a portrait illustrating seasonal affective disorder at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Jan. 17, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Kaitlin Castilo)

When the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins to slow, a silent snowfall signals the start of another isolated winter night. This is sometimes known as seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder.

Dietetics and Dietitians: At the Intersection of Food and Medicine

Article Around MHS
1/25/2024
Just about everyone has a connection with food. It’s a fundamental need, and there’s a science to food that can help people. Dr. Jonathan Scott, Uniformed Services University professor, goes over a recipe with a group of students at the USU culinary lab. The small dining room at USU is used for this experiential opportunity. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Scott)

Nutrition is more important than ever, and there’s a science to food that can help people. Dr. Jonathan Scott, assistant professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, discusses the benefits of dietetics and nutrition.

Ask the Doc: What are the New Rules for Blood Donations?

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1/25/2024
U.S. Army Spc. Saif Al Bayati, a medic with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, donates blood during the annual Armed Services Blood Program blood drive held at Caserma del Din, Vicenza, Italy, on Sept. 11, 2023. Sponsored by the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza Red Cross, and USAG Italy, all blood donated to ASBP stays within the military and goes to forward-deployed throughout Europe and Africa, Special Forces, and patients in military hospitals or clinics. Learn how weigh in on new blood donation eligibility, what you can do if you can’t donate blood, and how your actions save lives. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alisha Grezlik)

Our experts weigh in on new blood donation eligibility, what you can do if you can’t donate blood, and how your actions save lives.

Two Different Roads, One Common Destination for Naval Medical Center San Diego Pharmacists

Article Around MHS
1/24/2024
U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Catherine Bobea and U.S. Navy Lt. Andre Burnett may have had different ways to become pharmacists, but both ended up at the Naval Medical Center San Diego . (Courtesy Photo)

For National Pharmacist Day Jan. 12, the Naval Medical Center San Diego recognized two pharmacists whose parallel trajectory led them to serving in one of the hospital’s most relied upon departments by beneficiaries who expect a precision and expediency that leaves zero room for complacency.

4 Reminders About Getting Care With TRICARE For Life

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1/23/2024
4 Reminders About Getting Care With TRICARE For Life

Do you have TRICARE For Life? Knowing how Medicare coverage works can help you avoid unexpected costs. Learn about getting care with Medicare and TRICARE For Life.

TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for San Diego County in California due to Flooding

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1/23/2024
TRICARE Authorizes Temporary Prescription Refill Waivers for San Diego County in California due to Flooding

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia – The Defense Health Agency announced that TRICARE beneficiaries in San Diego County, California, may receive emergency prescription refills now through Feb. 2, 2024, due to flooding.

Resilient and Relentless: Recruiter Faces Death, Heals through Desire to Serve

Article Around MHS
1/23/2024
U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Manuel Salinas, a recruiter assigned to the 353rd Recruiting Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, recovers from acute pancreatitis at University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California on May 4, 2022. (Courtesy photo)

After nearly losing his life and being out of uniform for the past 22 months, a U.S. Air Force Reserve recruiter fuels his continued recovery and reflects on why he serves.

MHS GENESIS Deploying in Guam

Article Around MHS
1/23/2024
U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 36th Medical Group learn to use the Military Health System Genesis program at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Jan. 12, 2024. MHS Genesis is an advanced electronic health record, that has replaced several legacy systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Allon Lapaix)

With Andersen Air Force Base, Guam being a part of the last wave to have the MHS GENESIS go online, members at Andersen now have access to the same information and systems that are being utilized by other bases around the world.

For Service Members, Access to Mental Health Care Streamlined Under Brandon Act

Article Around MHS
1/23/2024
Within the DOD and military services, the Brandon Act allows service members to request a mental health evaluation just by making the request to their supervisor.  (graphic courtesy of DHA)

Last year, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness signed policy implementing within the Defense Department and across the military services the requirements laid out under the Brandon Act. 

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital Hosts Exceptional Family Member and Army Medicine Key Leader Engagement

Article Around MHS
1/22/2024
Trisha Kearns, program coordinator for the Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program, addresses nearly 95 regional hospital executives, local leaders, elected officials and military service members during the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital key leader engagement, Jan. 9 at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Johnson, Louisiana. (Photo: Jean Graves)

Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital hosted hospital executives from across the state to an Army Medicine tactical combat casualty care and medical evacuation demonstration followed by a discussion of the Exceptional Family Member Program on Jan. 9, at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Johnson.

Cervical Cancer Screening: A Walk-In at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Article Around MHS
1/22/2024
Ensuring an explanation with every exam… Cmdr. Teri Ryals, Naval Hospital Bremerton OB/GYN clinic department head and certified nurse midwife discusses the pap smear/pap test procedure provided at the Walk-In Cervical Cancer Screening Clinic held every Friday from 8 a.m. until noon, for those 21 and older in NHB’s OB/GYN clinic.  (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, NHB/NMRTC Bremerton public affairs officer)

For anyone seeking Cmdr. Teri Ryals, Naval Hospital Bremerton OB/GYN clinic department head and certified nurse midwife on a Friday morning, there’s only one place to look.

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