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U.S. interagency, joint forces medical professionals meet to improve the Global Patient Movement System

Lt. Gen. John Broadmeadow provides opening comments for the Global Patient Movement System Joint Advisory Board

U. S. Transportation Command opened the annual Global Patient Movement System Joint Advisory Board meeting here April 10, 2018.  

The central focus of the four-day session is development of additional modes of patient transportation in support of the warfighter. 

“This is what I call a sacred mission,” said Marine Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, deputy commander, USTRANSCOM. “We have a fantastic opportunity and I think you’re going to get at one of the biggest issues facing our joint forces. You are going to save lives that maybe aren’t even born today, because of what you do in this room.”
This year’s advisory board is the largest USTRANSCOM has ever sponsored, with more than 175 members representing the joint force, interagency and international partners.

International health enterprise attendees include the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robert Kadlec, M.D., and the surgeon generals of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and the Joint Staff.

Kadlec provided valuable insight into lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season. ASPR organizes the federal response to support states and helps local communities enhance their recovery operations when faced with disasters.

“Our role in all this is to be collaborative, provide capabilities and we are committed to the same mission you are, which is saving lives and protecting the nation,” Kadlec said. “ASPR is a super contributor to the capabilities that will make the whole nation better.”

The agenda is filled with informative briefings and working groups to promote various communities of interest in Department of Defense and interagency patient movement.

The group also includes representatives from Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as commercial partners.

“As medics, we will continue to focus on how many lives we can save,” said Air Force Col. Paul Friedrichs, USTRANSCOM surgeon general. “We must ensure the warfighters have what they need to fight the war and minimize the number of casualties up front, while we also move those who become injured and get them the care they require.”

The Global Patient Movement System Joint Advisory Board is aligned with USTRANSCOM Commanders priority of continue to evolve for tomorrow. Improvements made in patient movement can help challenge assumptions and keep the command accurately defining the future operating environment.

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