Fort Polk Guardian 11-27-2019

Guardian Nov. 27, 2019 NewScope BJACH hours Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital will observe the following hours of opera- tion during the Thanksgiving holiday peri- od: • Thursday and Friday — outpatient clinics, outpatient pharmacy, laboratory and radiology closed. • Inpatient services and the emergency room will remain open. Call 531-3784 for more information. BJACH construction The Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital emergency check-in and lobby area have moved to the radiology depart- ment as part of ongoing hospital construc- tion. There will be no interruption of serv- ices during the temporary move. Signs will direct patients to the temporary emergency room entrance. Call 531-3111 or email kathy.l.ports.civ@mail.mil for more infor- mation. Commissary hours The Fort Polk Commissary will observe the following hours of operation during the Thanksgiving holiday: • Today — 8 a.m.-8 p.m. • Thursday— closed • Friday — 8 a.m.-8 p.m. • Saturday — 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 531-7678 for more information. Masquerade ball Gator R.O.C.K.S., a mentoring organiza- tion for officer, hosts a masquerade ball, Dec. 14, from 6-11 p.m., at the Warrior Ac- tivity Center, bldg 352, 1321 Corps Road. Cost is $50 per person and includes a three- course meal and entertainment. Proceeds go toward Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships and the mentoring program. Call (256) 694-5624 or (870) 494-5192 for more information. Drainage repair A contract was awarded to repair the failed drainage structure at Turtle Pond on Warrior Hills Golf Course. The project re- quires the replacement of the riser and drainage pipe across the fairway of hole 18. The fitness trail will require a closure and detour through Dec. 6. During PT hours (6:30-8 a.m.), a detour will be utilized that follows the cart path adjacent to the hole 18 fairway. Golfers and recreational walkers should be aware of the construction activi- ties and detour the work zone. Pedestrians should exercise caution as lighting is limit- Briefs /3 Please see Briefs , page 10 BETHESDA, Md. — Service members who be- come wounded, ill or injured can count on the Military Health System's unparalleled medical care. But that's only one aspect of their journey from recovery to rehabilitation and reintegration. Recovery care coordinators help align medical and nonmedical care, enabling service members and their families to utilize all the assistance available to them as they embrace their new nor- mal. "A lot of us just want to give back," said retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Joshua Arnold, a recov- ery care coordinator at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Maryland. "We've seen friends, comrades in arms go through difficult periods after becoming ill or in- jured," Arnold said. "So there's always motiva- tion to come to work and do the very best you can do, for as long as you can." Recovery care coordinators, or RCCs, are em- bedded at MTFs and installations across the country. They work within the Army Recovery Care Program, Navy Wounded Warrior, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment and Special Opera- tions Command Warrior Care Program. Service members, Families and caregivers may be referred to the program by medical or admin- istrative personnel, Family members and even friends, said Jonathan Morris, program manager. They also can self-refer. After enrolling in the program, RCCs work with individuals in coordination with their fami- ly members and medical providers. The RCC cre- ates a plan by identifying each person's needs and goals, and the resources needed to achieve those. That might include assistive technology, edu- cation, housing and employment. "Communication is a big part of our job," said Patrick Figueroa, an RCC at Walter Reed Nation- al Military Medical Center in Bethesda. "We communicate with the service member's medical providers. We communicate with their chain of command, and with their nonmedical care managers," said Figueroa, a former Navy Fleet Marine Force corpsman. "And we communicate with their Families, to make sure they know what's going on and are getting all of the services and benefits available to them," he said. "A lot of times we're able to shed light on something and say, 'That issue over there might not be getting resolved because of this issue over here.'" The work can be emotionally exhausting but also rewarding. "One of the coolest things is when a Family member says, 'Thank you so much for everything you've done' for their son or daughter or spouse," Figueroa said. The population of service members using RCCs also includes those with invisible wounds, such as a traumatic brain injury. Figueroa recalls one case with a particularly gratifying outcome. "A service member came into the program with combat-related post-traumatic stress disor- der and was reluctant to do anything," Figueroa recalled. "But baby step by baby step, we were able to gain his trust and build a plan with him." Within two years, Figueroa said, the service member medically retired and successfully tran- sitioned into a high-paying career in the private sector. Morris notes that service members might in- cur an illness or injury at any time while on ac- tive duty. Some will recover and return to full and restricted duty. Others will transition from the military to civilian status. And some may not survive. "We see a lot of illness and with that, the abrupt impact it can have on Family members," Arnold said. "But there's a lot of good in a service member comforted by knowing that after they're gone, their Family is going to be OK." Sandra Mason is director of the DHA's Recov- ery Care Coordination Program. "I've been doing this for 11 years," she said. "It's always reassuring to know that the service the RCCs provide is at- tentive, accurate and beneficial. Wounded, in- jured and ill service members can count on us to make their lives a little easier." Warrior Care means total treatment MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM

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