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I cannot commend you enough for a job well done on the Joint Commission Survey. I know I congratulated you last Friday, but as nearly a week has passed, I am even more proud to be the Commanding Officer of a group of fine, dedicated, professionals who consistently give their all.

You are truly remarkable. It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this world-class community that reaches across military services providing top-notch care to those who cross our threshold.

It is because of your tenacity, commitment and alignment that the onlookers around the world can point to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as not only a beacon of hope, but as the leader of military medicine. . . a shining example for both military and civilian medical centers to follow.

Now as Accreditation from the Joint Commission signals the end of our successful integration, it is time for us to move forward and set the plan and focus for the Nation's Medical Center. Over the next several weeks your Board of Deputies and members of the Leader's Forum will be asking you for ideas about the best way for us to achieve the measurable effects of our six Pillars: Service Excellence, Quality of Care, Research, Readiness, Education and Business of Healthcare. This is an exciting time in our Nation's history and we get to determine the future of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Each of us has a vital stake in the outcome and I look forward to hearing your ideas.

Now as we go about our day-to-day routines with all of our best practices and processes in place, there is still much work to do be done, heights to soar and miracles to perform. Continue to seek opportunities to further enhance your environment and the patient experience of quality care, but most of all remember "What You Do Matters."

Commander sends,

Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks,

MC, USN

Walter Reed National Military

Medical Center