FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Health Agency will officially assume responsibility for administration and management of Kenner Army Health Clinic on Oct. 1.
The transition is part of the Military Health System’s ongoing transformation called for by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY 2017 and 2019 to improve military readiness and the care provided to beneficiaries. The ultimate goal is to create a more integrated, efficient and effective system of readiness and health within DOD.
“From a patient perspective, most of these changes should go unnoticed,” said Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono, DHA director. “Patients can expect the same high quality, trusted care they’ve come to know at our military hospitals and clinics. Providers can expect to focus on practicing medicine and maintaining their preparedness in the event of crisis.”
The transition of more than 430 Army, Navy and Air Force hospitals and clinics to DHA is taking place in phases. The process began Oct. 1, 2018, when the hospitals and clinics at Fort Bragg, Pope Field and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; and Joint Base Charleston, S.C., transitioned to DHA.
These facilities joined Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, which are original elements of DHA.
On Oct. 1, DHA will assume management of all military hospitals and clinics in the continental U.S. Specifically, the agency will be responsible for all budgetary matters; information technology; health care administration and management; administrative policy and procedure; and military medical construction.
“The commitment remains the same through the transition – we will continue to deliver our exceptional level of care and service to beneficiaries,” emphasized Lt. Col Nichelle A. Johnson, KAHC commander. “We look forward to the integration of services within DHA, which will give us greater levels of standardization.”
Patients will receive consistent, high-quality health care no matter where they are stationed. Throughout the transition, DHA’s mission continues to be supporting active and retired war-fighters and caring for their families.