Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield
Documentary Screening and Expert Panel Discussion
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
March 16, 2017 7:15 PM – Free and Open to the Public
In Coordination with the Dunham Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center Foundation presents
Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, a one-hour documentary that tells the stories of the men and women who are at the forefront of the medical frontier winning victories for military personnel and civilians. The documentary focuses on the doctors and surgeons treating survivors returning home to resume their lives and recover from sometimes critical injuries.
Following the documentary, a panel of individuals who represent organizations leading these medical victories will discuss aspects of the documentary. Panelists include:
- LTG (R) Eric Schoomaker, 42nd Surgeon General of the United States Army and Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadersip, Centers & Programs, Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, USUHS, Bethesda, MD.
- · COL (R) Paul Pasquina, Chief, Department of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine - USUHS, Bethesda, MD; Documentary participant.
- · Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio, Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.
- · Dr. Rory Cooper, Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army, Western PA and Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh; Documentary participant.
More than 5,300 U.S. service members were killed in action during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts between 2001 and 2014. But of the thousands of wounded who survive and were in combat hospitals, many returned to the United States severely wounded physically and emotionally. Military Medicine reveals the lifesaving measures implemented as a result of these wars – including faster medical evacuations, the creation of critical care air transport teams that converted military transport aircraft into flying intensive care units, and the increased use of tourniquets. Military doctors who have treated wounded troops abroad and at home explain how military medicine has changed over the past 15 years.
Using the best science and technology available, the physicians and scientists in military medicine work to improve the lives of America’s wounded as well as their families. The documentary takes viewers inside laboratories, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, where military medical advances and technology are making artificial arms with life-like responses, 3-D printing new organs, adding robotic arms to wheelchairs, and giving damaged legs new strength. Woven throughout the documentary are the personal accounts from active duty troops, veterans, civilians, and military families who share how medical advances are both saving and changing their lives.
In terms of numbers, the biggest medical challenge for the military is treating service members with brain injuries who are dealing with memory loss and other symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Specialized clinics are also helping service members identify and heal from these invisible wounds.
The program also delves beyond the medical aspects of medicine and demonstrates that there is still much to be done beyond the battlefield.
About the Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic
The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.
The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010 with the Center’s first dedicated gallery and multipurpose rooms, infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction in 2013, and the Hall of the American Soldier expansion in 2016 that provides additional gallery and meeting spaces.
The Foundation is continuing to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits.
The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.
USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service. USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs. A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the U.S. Army War College. Since 2004, when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.2 million have visited. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.
The Dunham U.S. Army Health clinic at Carlisle Barracks - Serving to Heal...Honored to Serve - provides high quality healthcare and leadership to maximize medical readiness of the force and improve, restore, and sustain the health of its patients. The clinic provides primary care and selected specialty care for TRICARE Prime enrolled patients.