CHICAGO (NNS) -- Service members and civilians marked the first anniversary of single-site veteran and Department of Defense beneficiary medical care during a birthday celebration at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), Sept. 30.
FHCC incorporates facilities and services from the north Chicago VA Medical Center and Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes, Ill. It is the first hospital in the nation to combine DoD and veteran medical services under one roof.
"This has been quite a year," said Capt. David Beardsley, the center's deputy director. "We have overcome great obstacles, met, and often exceeded our mission standards, and brought first-rate care to not only our patients here, but to patients thousands of miles away," said Beardsley.
The center's namesake, former naval aviator James Lovell, said cost-savings and improvements in patient care could lead other hospitals across the country to make similar mergers.
"This idea has been in the works for many years now, and we are here to celebrate a successful marriage," said Lovell. "But, this is only the beginning. We have a long way to go."
FHCC was recently named as one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The center was ranked in the top 13 percent of 3,099 submitting hospitals in implementing processes that are shown to improve care for conditions that include heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma.
Lovell, Beardsley and the center's Director, Patrick L. Sullivan also unveiled a plaque marking the location of two recently buried time capsules.
Containing military medical mementoes and memorabilia from the last century, the capsules are slated for excavation Sept. 30, 2060.
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