Military Health Takes Nominees for Female Physician Awards

By Health.mil Staff 
May 28, 2013

The nomination process is underway for the next “Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System” awards program.

Now in its fifth year, the program seeks to raise the profile of women in military medicine. It recognizes individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and identifies role models to inspire and lead the next generation of female military physicians.

Military Health bestowed the award in March on five women for the 2013 award cycle. The senior award winner, Air Force Col. (Dr.) Kimberly A. Slawinski, vice commander at Air Force Medical Operations Agency in San Antonio, Texas, inspires girls to consider careers in engineering or medicine by volunteering at a teen summer camp focused on math and science.

“Sometimes young women need encouragement from successful women on a personal level,” she said after receiving the award. “They need to see you are truly real and interested in them as opposed to images on television, magazines or Facebook.”

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New Kind of Emergency Room May Not be TRICARE Authorized

TRICARE beneficiaries may have noticed new kinds of “Emergency Centers” popping up in their area. It may seem like a tempting health care option but, free-standing emergency rooms that are not affiliated with a hospital may not be TRICARE-authorized.
 
If a provider, such as a free-standing ER, is not authorized, then TRICARE is prohibited from paying it “facility fees.” That can leave a beneficiary stuck with a big bill.
 
Beneficiaries need to “know before you go.”  Check a free-standing ER’s TRICARE status – before emergency care is needed.

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Wounded Soldiers Share Journey to Inspire Boston Victims

By Elaine Sanchez
Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, April 26, 2013 – When I saw the Boston bombing events unfold, my heart broke for the victims of this senseless act of violence.

I thought about how their lives would be forever altered. How the victims who lost one or more limbs were robbed, at least temporarily, of the ability to walk or run.

These are the types of injuries I see each day when I walk into work at Brooke Army Medical Center — single, double and even triple amputees striving to overcome immense challenges. They, perhaps more than any others, can relate to the devastating aftermath of an explosion and the emotional and physical pain of lost limbs. And they know firsthand the courage and strength required to heal.

Still, they have a message of hope to deliver.

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