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Inaugural readiness summit opens dialogue for clinic’s No.1 priority

Inaugural readiness summit opens dialogue for clinic’s No.1 priority

 

By Katrina Wilson

Pentagram Staff Writer

 

 

Andrew Rader Health Clinic held the inaugural readiness summit in the commander’s conference room Aug. 2.

 

Command Sgts. Major Richard Woodring, Military District of Washington, Paul Riedel 4th Battalion, 3d (The Old Guard); and Daniel Smith, Pershing’s Own were at the summit. The topics discussed were overall readiness statistics, missed clinic appointments, financial cost of missed appointments and more.

 

Master Sgt. Latrevis Stokes, senior enlisted advisor at Rader Clinic, briefed the command sergeants major on missed appointments, such as the number of no shows of active duty and the beneficiaries it affects.

 

“The information they received, they can take back to their organic organizations and inform the Soldiers of their battalions about what they learned in the summit,” Stokes said.

 

From January to June, there were 896 Army active duty no shows. These no shows effected 4,580 beneficiaries.

 

There were 2,290 no shows from January to June and of that total, 1,335 were active duty Soldiers.

 

The No. 1 priority that was discussed was readiness. According to Stokes, the no shows significantly impacted Rader’s opportunity to ensure readiness and the care it provides.

 

Stokes said missed appointments cause a chain reaction which begins to hinder readiness because the patient could have rescheduled which means that time could have been used by another individual.

 

Stokes added that an unforeseen illness cannot be detected if a Soldier missed his or her appointment or never rescheduled. He also noted how never letting an injury heal can possibly lead to a Soldier re-injuring his or herself.

 

“If a Soldier never checked out an illness or a pain and it worsened, if effects readiness,” Stokes said. “Not only (the Soldier), but the unit as well because now they are taken out of the fight.”

 

A few of the financial clinical costs of missed appointments can be broken down as follows (January to June):

 

Behavioral Health clinics only - $25,004.28

 

Readiness Clinic - 177 missed appointments totaling cost $11,983.02

 

Primary Care clinics - $56,252.42

 

“The No.1 thing is that the Military District of Washington and its subordinate units are doing all they can to eliminate missed appointments,” said Woodring.

 

He added that the goal is to increase overall readiness.

 

“I want to make sure we are doing our part,” Woodring said. “When we miss those appointments, we’re not only costing other people the opportunity to make appointments — we’re costing the Army money if those appointments go unfulfilled.

 

“If we get a Soldier from their last installation, who slipped through the cracks, we expect them to be fully able to deploy or meet all their medical requirements. If there was an operation where we had to deploy them and if they are not up to date on their medical or dental readiness … that could cost us time to possibly have a Soldier being able to go out and do their mission.”

 

For more information, contact Stokes at (703) 696-7929 or by email at latrevis.l.stokes.mil@mail.mil < Caution-mailto:latrevis.l.stokes.mil@mail.mil > .

 

Pentagram Staff Writer Katrina Wilson can be reached at kmoses@dcmilitary.com < Caution-mailto:kmoses@dcmilitary.com > .

By Katrina Wilson

Pentagram Staff Writer