By John J. Kruzel, American
Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center
rolled out a sophisticated new vehicle that will make wounded
Soldiers' rides to the Army hospital safer and smoother.
Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland
and Col. Patricia Horoho give Army Secretary Pete Geren a tour
of a Patient Evacuation Vehicle. (Photo
by John J. Kruzel)
The Patient Evacuation Vehicle, a semi-trailer-sized hospital
on wheels that will phase out buses currently used to transport
wounded troops to Walter Reed from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., was
unveiled in a ceremony.
"(This is) the
latest innovation in our ongoing efforts to promote and preserve the
health and strength of the world's finest servicemembers," Army
Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of North Atlantic
Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, told the
crowd on hand for the event. Hawley-Bowland called the Patient
Evacuation Vehicle, or PEV, an "incredible leap forward" in
the care and transport of injured Soldiers.
The PEV fits up to 12 ambulatory and 16 nonambulatory patients,
more than three times the capacity of the buses currently in use. By
the end of summer, the fleet is expected to grow to three PEVs, which
boast smoother suspension than their Blue Bird bus counterparts, and
allow hospital personnel to administer medical oxygen, air or suction
Army Secretary Pete Geren praised the leaders of industry and
medicine who cooperated to help "make this dream a reality."
much of medicine -- when you get outside of the military -- is all
about business. But in the Army, medicine is all about service; it's
all about taking care of Soldiers, taking care of their
Army Col. Patricia Horoho, commander of the Walter Reed Health
Care System, said fielding the PEV is another example of the Army
hospital's dedication to serving wounded warriors.
Patient Evacuation Vehicle shows our commitment and the commitment of
the Army to providing the best care for our patients before they
arrive at the hospital (as) we welcome them home," she said.