Nation's First Integrated VA/DoD Health Care Center Part of Chicago Navy Week


Story Number: NNS110628-19Release Date: 6/28/2011 9:48:00 PM
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By Valerie A. Kremer, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

CHICAGO (NNS) -- The Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) and Navy Medicine shared initiatives and their ongoing dedication to providing outstanding Veteran care as part of Chicago Navy Week, June 28.

Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner, director, Navy Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, (OPNAV/N931) and chief, Navy Dental Corps, met with leadership, staff, and patients and toured the FHCC facility during the visit.

"As the nation's first integrated VA/DoD health care center, we were very excited to show Rear Adm. Wagner our facility and accomplishments during her Chicago Navy Week visit," said Patrick Sullivan, Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Director. "With a dynamic Navy and VA mission, it was a great opportunity to not only showcase the ongoing partnership between Navy Medicine and the Veterans Health Administration, but to share the exceptional healthcare we provide to our nation's heroes."

During the visit, Wagner and leadership discussed the importance of integrated electronic health records (iEHR) and future opportunities between Navy Medicine and the FHCC.

"This is a great opportunity to not only tour the impressive FHCC facility but also to also gain insight into the future of electronic health records and examine the use and capabilities of information management and information technology (IM/IT) within the medical health care system," said Wagner. "In addition, it is great to see the ongoing phenomenal care we both provide to our active members, veterans and their families."

Navy Medicine is a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

Chicago Navy Week is one of 21 Navy weeks across the country this year. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they make in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.

For more news from Navy Medicine, visit www.navy.mil/local/mednews.

For more information about Chicago Navy Week news and scheduled events, visit www.navyweek.org/chicago2011.


For more news from Navy Medicine, visit www.navy.mil/local/mednews/.

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