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Health

Walter Reed rolls out safer, 
smoother transport

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.

Photo: Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland and Col. Patricia Horoho give Army Secretary Pete Geren a tour of a Patient Evacuation Vehicle. (Photo by John J. Kruzel)
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 to patients.

      Army Secretary Pete Geren praised the leaders of industry and medicine who cooperated to help "make this dream a reality."

       "Today, so 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 families."

      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.

       "This new 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.

 

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