Commander's Thanksgiving message

Written by Hospital Commander on 11/20/2012 2:51:45 PM | 5 Comments
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MEDDAC Family and Friends, the Holiday season is officially here! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, an important holiday in our Nation’s history and in the present time. This holiday is all about celebrating for what we are thankful – whether it is your Family, your health, your job, or that your team won the big game. Take a few minutes this week to reflect on what you are most thankful for. I hope it involves love and friendships, good times and happy memories.

I also encourage you to remember those of us who are deployed or otherwise away from their Families. We have some among us who will be spending the holidays far away from Family. Please, invite them over if you are able, or make a call to check on someone you possibly haven’t spoken to in a while. The Holidays are full of cheer, love, and laughter, but for someone who may be alone, they can also be depressing. Make the effort to reach out and brighten someone’s holiday in whatever way you can. Perhaps your “Family” this year will be a group of Friends. However you celebrate, do so responsibly.

I am thankful for each and every one of you in the MEDDAC Family, as well as our patients and beneficiaries. It is our privilege to provide you and your Families quality healthcare. From my Family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!


On 1/2/2013 12:05:07 PM, Terry Morgan wrote: Warrior Transition Battalion looks like a great service. I sure wish it had been there when I got back from RVN. In those days they just dumped us back in civilian life. Please keep up the good work, our soldiers deserve the best.

On 12/14/2012 3:51:38 PM, Public Affairs Office wrote: In an effort to serve as many of our injured and ill Service Members in the Medical Boards process as possible, the most highly qualified applicants will be considered for the GS12 position mentioned, which is a replacement position for one of our most valued staff members who is retiring after nearly 40 years.  The position requires knowledge, experience and the ability to manage departmental functions that is visible at the highest levels of the Army.  MEDDAC hiring practices are in direct alignment with all regulations, policies, and procedures set forth by the Office of Personnel Management, the governing body for all federal hiring.

On 12/12/2012 10:08:32 PM, Terri wrote: Medical Boards operation is totally screwed up and no one seems to care. The people that are in charge talk as if they are the experts and really don't have a clue. People looking in from the outside assume they do because they have the gift of gab!!! Now there is a GS12 position available and will be handed to the Supervisors best friend. The whole hiring system for this Hospital needs to be revised. Unfair. Hiring practices throughout to include contacts are awarded to family members of people who work in the establishment. A full investigation needs to take place.

On 12/5/2012 3:24:11 PM, Public Affairs Office wrote:

Good afternoon, and thank you for your comment. To address your questions, I was able to gather the following information. The Right of First Refusal ROFR is a Health Net Federal Services HNFS process that allows the MTF to provide specialty services available to all Prime beneficiaries within the Fort Knox Prime Service Area. The Prime Service Area is 60 miles to the MTF. Everyone that is referred for specialty care, is enrolled in prime and resides within 60 miles to the MTF is referred to the MTF under the ROFR process. HNFS utilizes a DODprescribed mapping tool. The usual mapping is from the residence to the MTF, however the mapping of new residence areas that might not be refelcted in the tool yet are determined by the address of the post office of the designated Zip code. I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Thank you for your service and trusting us with your healthcare needs.

On 12/4/2012 9:09:03 AM, Glen PH wrote: As are retired veteran living in Indiana with TRICARE Prime, I would like to know what the travel requirements are for me and my family. We currently have a local PCM and would like to continue to use her and the other local providers as needed to avoid the long commute for procedures. The reason I'm asking is we've been referred to Ireland Army Community Hospital for a particular procedure. In the past we have just used one of the closer providers. I’m curious to learn how the distance is computed. Can someone help me understand it the following: Do you determine distance simply by zip code? Do you go by physical address of our residence? Do you use an online mapping tool like MapQuest or Google Maps? Is there any consideration for traffic? Is the distance computed by miles or travel time? I appreciate your time and assistance Glen