Fort Bliss commanding general gives update on WBAMC
Fort Bliss, TX (U.S. Army) — From the "CG’s Commentary" (Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland) in the Fort Bliss Bugle:
One of the biggest and most important units on Fort Bliss is William Beaumont Army Medical Center, led by the command team of Col. Mike Heimall and Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Cyr. WBAMC includes not only the hospital and all Fort Bliss treatment facilities, but also the Warrior Restoration Center, a specialized treatment facility for Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
WBAMC is also in charge of the Warrior Transition Battalion, which offers a high level of care and dignity to our Soldiers with medical conditions that require transition from service. Over the past year, WBAMC dedicated significant resources to the WTB, resulting in a decrease in processing time through the Medical Evaluation Board phase of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System by 35 percent, from an average of 160 days in July 2012 to 104 days last month. The WTB is another example of the great work WBAMC does to provide high treatment and quality of life to all our Soldiers.
More than 60 percent of the WBAMC staff is composed of Department of the Army civilian employees in critical treatment capacities such as emergency health care, surgical procedure, nursing, laboratory technical support and administration.
The civilian workforce at WBAMC reflects the civilian workforce across all Fort Bliss in their loyalty during a challenging furlough period. We have not seen a drop in the quality of our health care and that is a tribute to the professionalism of the team at WBAMC, who continue to treat not only our Soldiers and families, but more than 10 percent of the trauma patients in the city of El Paso.