“The Air Force is fully committed to the vision of an integrated system of military health, and making that process as seamless as possible,” said Hogg.
The Air Force will maintain a direct support relationship with DHA to manage day-to-day operations during the transition. Direct support will continue until DHA meets specific conditions-based criteria showing they can manage military treatment facilities on their own.
“This is all about the patient,” said Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director, DHA. “It’s about harvesting decades of best practices from across the Army, Navy and Air Force – along with what we can learn from the civilian community – to build a global standard with one focus: make our system better to improve health outcomes that matter to our patients.”
The transition of military treatment facilities to DHA is one of many significant transformation efforts underway in the Air Force Medical Service and across the Military Health System.
“These transformation activities provide us an opportunity to really shape the future of the Air Force Medical Service,” said Hogg. “Our core mission continues to be paramount – providing exceptional, high-quality trusted care and improving the readiness of our Airmen.”