The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is the change agent that directed the integration of the Army and the Navy’s two most prominent hospitals: Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), and the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC). Once made law, it was evident military medicine in the National Capital Region (NCR) would never be quite the same, and the integration of these two premier military medical facilities would likely be the model for the future of military medicine.
In September 2007, the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed) was established as a fully functional standing task force, located on the, then, NNMC campus and reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense through the Deputy Secretary of Defense. The newly formed Command was charged with leading the way for the effective and efficient consolidation and realignment of military healthcare in the NCR. Vice Adm. John Mateczun was appointed to lead the mission. Having a single leader in charge, allows for proper focus on patient care by the hospital Commanders, and allows for BRAC planning by the JTF CapMed Commander.
Mateczun served as Joint Staff Surgeon, Commander of the Medical Center in San Diego, Chief Operating Officer for Navy Medicine as the Deputy Surgeon General, and also was the Director for the Military Health System Office of Transformation.
Mission: “We will deliver integrated healthcare in the NCR, ensure readiness, and execute the BRAC business plan to achieve the vision.”
To accomplish this unified medical mission, the medical services of the Army, Navy, and Air Force in the NCR will integrate to ensure the best utilization of resources available. This will eliminate redundancies, enhance clinical care, promote health profession education and joint training, and enhance military medical research opportunities. This integration also furthers the growth of transformative efforts with government, community and private sector partners.
Defining the Principles and Priorities:
Defining the Principles and Priorities:
Our greatest commitment is to the health and well being of the men and women who serve our country. Our nation has seen its share of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines injured while fighting for the welfare of others during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. As America’s primary reception site for returning casualties and trauma care, there is nothing more important to our mission than taking care of our wounded, ill and injured warriors and their families. Force Health Protection is an on-going, four-pronged approach which includes:
• Casualty Care: Providing health care to
returning or injured service personnel
• Individual Medical Readiness:
Maintaining a fit and ready force.
• Deployment of Army, Navy and Air Force
medical practitioners, often into harm’s
• Family-Centered Care: Providing care to
our other beneficiaries at home; families
Serving Our People: Our success depends on the combined contributions of our active, reserve, civilian, and contract personnel and their families. Their personal readiness is essential to our mission. Our priority is caring for the caregivers. Our people are called to provide healthcare often under trying circumstances. It is a tough job and we have a covenant responsibility to care for them.
Interoperability and Leadership: Leadership is key to service. We are currently in a unique situation to be able to draw leadership potential from all Services. Since each Service brings unique and critical capabilities to the team, we will have the “best of the best.” Yet, with interoperability; the fusion of working together on all levels, must come teamwork and trust. These are the keys to agile leadership and interoperability between the Services.
Regional Healthcare Delivery: Integrated planning for the efficient and effective delivery of services on a regional basis is the key to quality and to mission success. We will use common business standards and clinical processes to maximize region-wide growth and potential.
JTF CapMed has been granted Operational Control (OPCON) authority over Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) Bethesda, DeWitt Army Community Hospital (DACH) and the Joint Pathology Center (JPC), and will exercise OPCON over Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda (WRNMMC), and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH), once these Joint hospitals are established.
OPCON is derived from the authorities of Combatant Command (COCOM), and grants authority to:
• Organize and employ commands and
• Assign tasks, designate objectives, and give
authoritative direction necessary to
accomplish the mission.
• Provide authoritative direction over all
aspects of military operations and joint
training necessary to accomplish missions
to the command.
OPCON provides full authority to organize commands and forces, and employ those forces as the Commander considers necessary to accomplish assigned missions.
Our Pledge to YOU, Our Patients:
Military health care professionals are filling a wide range of roles – demonstrating courage, compassion, ingenuity, and excellence. The staff members of the JTF, and of the Military Health Care Treatment Facilities throughout the NCR, both military and civilian, pledge to you, active duty service members; your families; retired service members and all eligible beneficiaries, our sincerest commitment that you will receive the highest quality of care during this exciting evolution. We take full accountability for our decisions and actions and will meet our responsibilities to you with integrity and honor.