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SUBJ/ NAVY SURGEON GENERAL STATEMENT ON MILITARY MEDICAL TREATMENT FACILITIES
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN provides Sailors and their families with information
about the transition of Navy military medical treatment facilities (MTF) to
the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The Department of Defense Military Health
System (MHS) is undergoing a transition as administration and management of
the Services' hospitals and clinics are transferred to DHA. This is
occurring over several years with a goal envisioned by Congress that the MHS
become a more standardized and a more integrated system of healthcare
services. The Services have been working closely with DHA on the details and
specifics of this transition.
2. This transition should be seamless to you. During this transition, you
should see no immediate impact to access, healthcare services, or the things
you and your families need. As this is a new role for DHA, the Services have
continued, and will continue, to provide support and assistance to ensure our
MTF's remain fully functional, and there is no immediate impact to care or
services during transition until DHA is able to assume full administrative
and management responsibility. Likewise, our Fleet and Fleet Marine Force
Commanders should see no changes in Fleet or Fleet Marine Force support.
Medical and medical support services required for operational support, all
personnel who provide those services, and all uniformed personnel will remain
within the Navy lifelines and under Navy control.
3. This transition is a multi-year effort, which started for the Navy in
October 2018 when Naval Hospital Jacksonville transferred under DHA's
administration and management. On 1 October 2019, more Navy MTFs in the U.S.
will transition to the DHA. OCONUS MTFs, in a phased approach, will
transition after all CONUS facilities, with the transfer of administration
and management completed no later than 30 September 2021.
4. As we shift administration and management responsibilities of these MTFs
to DHA, it will create opportunity for Navy Medicine to increase focus on
operational support and keeping Service Members healthy and on the job. It
will also enable us to enhance focus on unit support during sustained high
tempo operations while creating opportunities for us to better prepare the
medical force to deliver high combat survival and support in the future. We
make a commitment to every Sailor, Marine, and their family that we will
provide them the best care our nation can offer and do all in our power to
return them home safely and alive. This transition will assist us in
honoring that commitment.
5. For additional information, contact your local MTF or ask your care
providers. More information on the overall initiative can be found at
6. We at Navy Medicine will always honor the trust placed on us to provide
the best care possible to those who defend our freedom and their families.
Wherever a Sailor or Marine goes, Navy Medicine will always be there. My
commitment is to keep you fully informed as this continues. Thank you so
much for the trust and faith you place in Navy Medicine every day.
7. Released by Ms. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff.//