NEWS | Sept. 15, 2021

MEDCoE hosts hospitalization summit

By Tish Williamson U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence Public Affairs

More than 200 virtual and nearly 50 in-person attendees participated in a hospitalization summit hosted by the Army Capability Manager-Army Health System, or ACM-AHS, at the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, Sept. 8-10 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

The overall purpose of the summit was to inform Army stakeholders on hospitalization doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, education, personnel, facilities and policy analysis in order to identify gaps, lessons learned and tactics or procedures to assure future operational success. Attendees included the U.S. Army Forces Command Surgeon, planners with the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Agency, or USAMMDA, hospital center and field hospital command teams and MEDCoE planners and leaders.

During the three-day event, attendees received a welcome brief and scene setter remarks from the MEDCoE Command Team: Maj. Gen. Dennis LeMaster, commanding general; J.M. Harmon III, deputy to the commanding general; and Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Charpentier, Command Sergeant Major.

Participants also received overview briefs on modernization, fielding and divestiture from USAMMDA and participated in focus groups and working groups. Focus areas included medical logistics future design update training, equipment fielding, AHS modernization in support of WayPoint 2028 and AimPoint 2035, and lessons learned from current operations and exercises.

Harmon thanked both planners and attendees and said the summit will prove to be a critical event as the MEDCoE examines the performance of Army hospitals during future operations.

“Full credit for the success of this summit goes to the visionary ACM-AHS team and the dynamic noncommissioned officer and officer attendees,” Harmon said. “As we look to shape the role of future Army hospitals, the information gathered from the participants, representing multiple U.S. services and all components of the Army Medical Department, will be instrumental in defining how these hospitals will be manned, trained, and equipped for success in all environments.”

For more information about future ACM-AHS-focused summits, visit https://armyfuturescommand.com/.