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Air Force team keeps healthcare goals on track

  • Published
  • By Peter Holstein
  • Surgeon General Public Affairs Office

Three teams comprised of members from across the Air Force Medical Service presented some big ideas to sustain Trusted Care on May 5, 2017 to Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General.

“Trusted Care, Anywhere” is the goal of the Air Force Medical Service, and the Deliberate Planning Team is tasked with making sure Trusted Care remains a permanent part of AFMS culture. Its objective is to develop a comprehensive, multi-year sustainment plan to support the continued transformation of the AFMS into a high reliability healthcare organization.

The DPT spent the first four months of 2017 meeting with a community of interest groups comprised of representatives of all ranks and civilians from each MAJCOM and various specialties within the Air Force Medical Services to include aeromedical evacuation, Reserves and Guard.  During the final meeting, the DPT set its sights on some major issues confronting the AFMS, and proposed meaningful reforms to sustain the Trusted Care vision. 

Their ideas were presented to Hogg for her review and consideration.   After hearing the presentations, Hogg addressed the teams.

“I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come here and do this hard work,” said Hogg. “You are building our AFMS future and what you have accomplished is going to move us further down the road to keep Trusted Care moving forward.”

Now that the formal process of collecting feedback from interest groups is complete, the DPT will develop a plan to support long-term sustainment of Trusted Care within the AFMS.

“It is deeply humbling to be a part of an organization committed to the goal of providing Trusted Care anywhere,” said Col. Christine Taylor, Special Assistant to the Air Force Surgeon General, who leads the Trusted Care Deliberate Planning Team. “We heard some great ideas from our community of interest group that will help the AFMS Deliberate Planning Team design a sustainment plan to further institutionalize the vision and culture of Trusted Care into the future.”