DVIDS – News – Air Force Health Services Management Career Field Named 2022 Chief Richard L. Etchberger Award Winner


For the second year in a row, an Air Force Medical Service career field brings home the highly esteemed Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger Award.

This year, the award went to the field of health services management, also known as 4A0 among physicians, for their dedication and hard work from the battlefield to the clinic.

This annual Department of the Air Force award, named after the Medal of Honor recipient, Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger, recognizes the selfless service of Airmen in an enlisted career field.

[media:4:left:medium]Airmen in the field of health services management occupy administrative positions that ensure the success of the medical mission. They play a critical role in directing operations in one of the nation’s largest health care systems.

“Our mantra is ‘in demand and needed,'” said Chief Master Sgt. Tyrone McDougald, Career Director of Health Services Management, Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. working everywhere – medical clinics, aeromedical evacuation, resource management – you name it, we’re here.”

These highly trained professionals provide oversight that allows medical staff to focus on delivering the highest quality care, including scheduling patients, managing records, ordering supplies, and repairing sophisticated medical equipment. . They also play a vital role in the success of the aeromedical evacuation mission. They coordinate and confirm patient travel requests and help prepare for a smooth transfer to medical facilities.

Staff Sgt. Donaisha Campbell, Uniform Affairs Office Manager, 1st Special Operations Health Care Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., said her experience supporting aeromedical evacuations was a career highlight and helped her see the role the professional field plays while working in a rapidly changing environment. .

“During a mission while I was deployed to Saudi Arabia, the nurses and techs were working in chaos and they were able to get the information to me smoothly so we could begin the evacuation,” Campbell said. “It was imperative that I pay attention to detail when filling out paperwork. This situation opened my eyes to how a 4A0 relates to the Air Force mission. Without us, the patient would not leave the operating room to receive the treatment he needs.

As in many other career fields, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of challenges that Health Services Management Airmen have had to overcome.

“Our Airmen have had to adopt new processes when it comes to data collection,” said Tech. sergeant. Paul Fox, NCO in Charge, Medical Readiness, 341st Medical Group, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. “Many service members were receiving care from off-base providers and we had to collect test results and notes from these facilities to ensure the resumption of field duties.”

Health Services Management Airmen have proven to be resilient and adaptable, meeting all challenges head-on. Without the cadre they oversee, patient care at a high level would be impossible.

“The footprint that Health Services Management Airmen have in providing first-class medical administrative support really stands out,” McDougald said. “I am incredibly proud of the Airmen who make up this career field and all they do for our doctors, our patients and the AFMS mission.”

Date taken: 04.12.2022
Date posted: 04.12.2022 09:52
Story ID: 418316
Location: FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, USA

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