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Medical commands join forces

Western Regional Medical Command

Published: 12:37PM January 7th, 2016

If you go

What: WRMC Casing of the Colors/Welcome Ceremony for the new deputy commanding general

When: Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

Where: French Theater on Lewis Main

After more than a year of planning and coordinating, the Western Regional Medical Command is scheduled to finalize its merger with the Regional Health Command-Pacific Friday.

Under the realignment, the WRMC Headquarters will be renamed Regional Health Command-Pacific and will remain at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The command will be led by the two-star commanding general of Regional Health Command-Pacific (Hawaii), with a deputy commanding general overseeing the JBLM staff.

This merger is part of the U.S. Army Medical Department’s reorganization that began last year. The plan included transforming the AMEDD’s five regional medical commands to four multidisciplinary regional health commands that incorporate dental and public health capabilities. The AMEDD reorganization is designed to posture Army Medicine to best support the Army’s current and future operations.

Colonel Christopher Gruber, WRMC’s acting commander, said the entire WRMC and RHC-Pacific teams are extremely excited regarding the synergy that the combined staffs in Hawaii and Joint Base Lewis-McChord bring to the table.

“The RHC-Pacific team will continue to provide the same level of superior support to Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, Bassett Army Community Hospital in Alaska, and California Medical Detachment in California,” he said. “Following the merger, our orientation for the staff here at JBLM will expand to provide support to the medical facilities in Korea, Japan and Hawaii, as well as, enhance readiness for our war fighting forces arrayed throughout the Pacific Command’s area of responsibility.”

Over the past few years, RHC-Pacific has become the most critical theater enabling command in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the command oversees more than a dozen medical facilities and provides world-class care to more than 600,000 beneficiaries in Hawaii, Korea and Japan.