By CourtesyNovember 20, 2020
November 20, 2020BMACH Remembers Beloved Family Medicine ResidentFrom Martin Army Community Hospital Public AffairsFORT BENNING, GA – Fort Benning Martin Army Community Hospital offers our sincerest condolences to the family of Capt. Seth Vernon Vande Kamp. The 31-year-old from Katy, Texas served as a Family Medicine Resident at BMACH, until he pcs’d in August. As one of the Army’s newest physicians, he touched the lives of many patients here at Fort Benning. Vande Kamp was among seven Soldiers killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash while on a routine peacekeeping mission in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on November 12.Vande Kamp graduated BMACH’s Family Medicine Residency Program, in June. As a member of the 48th class, the Texas native is remembered as a team player and being genuinely kind and enjoyable to be around.“Not only was he one of the best ultimate Frisbee players that we had,” shared faculty member Maj. Mary Noel. “He was a committed physician to his patients, and led the inpatient medicine and obstetric teams well.”Fellow resident Capt. S. Ivan Bartlett recalled how his friend was well known for his ability to fall asleep just about anywhere, in seemingly the most uncomfortable positions. “While doing morning rounds on the inpatient medicine service with Seth as one of the team leads, I was presenting a patient and he somehow managed to fall asleep in the middle of the conversation.”All joking aside, Bartlett praised Vande Kamp for being a great listener who did not cast judgment. “He probably wouldn’t admit it, but he was truly a good teacher. I think he had a secret passion for obstetric care, because he always seemed to have the answer on our labor and delivery service.”Colleague Capt. Matthew Stewart agreed, “Seth always knew what to do in any (labor and delivery) situation. His heart rate never seemed to increase… he was always calm and collected.”If you ever wanted to know where and when you could swim indoors on post, Vande Kamp was the one to ask, said Stewart. “His preferred method of exercise was swimming. Even though atypical in the Army that is how he would train for cardio for APFTs.”Vande Kamp, who also had a passion for hiking and long range weaponry, was on his first overseas assignment as an Army doctor. He arrived in Egypt in October and was assigned to the Task Force Sinai medical company.The Multinational Forces and Observers said the UH-60 Black Hawk crashed during a routine mission near the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The MFO monitors compliance with the four-decade-old peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Thirteen countries contribute troops to the MFO. The U.S. Army task force of about 450 active duty, reserve and National Guard troops make up the largest contingent.Our thoughts are with the families, friends and loved ones of all those affected by this tragic loss.
By Kirk FradyOctober 20, 2020
SEMBACH KASERNE, Germany – Army Medicine Europe maintains a robust COVID testing and reporting process, ensuring the health and safety of the entire military community across the European theater. At the same time, Army health officials maintain open lines of communication with host nation public health officials responsible for tracking COVID cases.According to Army health officials, the COVID reporting process in Europe has matured over the past several months and has proven to be an effective tool in providing military leadership an overall picture of how the epidemic is impacting the DOD population in Europe.“There are multiple mechanisms and systems in place to ensure senior leadership at MEDCOM and USAREUR are promptly notified about positive COVID cases,” said Col. Scott Mower, force health protection officer for Regional Health Command Europe. “These processes have grown better over time and we are continuously searching for ways to further improve them.”“The reporting of this critical information through operational channels allows senior Army leaders in Europe to make better decisions when it comes to force health protection of the overall military population.”Army health officials emphasize that maintaining close relations with the host nation medical offices is critical.“The Departments of Public Health and the Public Health Emergency Officers at RHCE clinics are at the tip of the spear in executing these vital reporting missions,” Mower added. “The PHEOs work closely with their German counterparts at the community level to ensure COVID cases are reported in a timely and accurate fashion. They also immediately alert installation leadership when new cases are discovered.”“COVID is, by regulation, a reportable medical event and must be inputted into an electronic disease reporting system just like other serious communicable diseases of public health interest,” said Mower. “The bulk of the COVID reporting work is being done by MTFs and their Departments of Public Health. They are the true worker bees in executing this mission.”Reporting COVID cases to German health authorities is handled at the local level by each of the respective Army health clinics.“Army medical treatment facilities from each respective military community across the region submit routine COVID reports to their local German Public Health office (Gesundheitsamt),” said Dr. Robert Weien, public health emergency officer for U.S. Army Garrison Rhineland-Pfalz. “Here in Rhineland-Pfalz, we submit our reports to the local German Public Health Department on a daily basis.”When it comes to COVID reporting processes across the theater, there is no one size fits all approach and each garrison does it differently, according to Col. (Dr.) Jon Allison, chief of preventive medicine for MEDDAC Bavaria.“The reporting process and timelines vary from installation to installation depending on the local German Gesundheitsamt,” said Allison. “For example, the COVID-19 total positive numbers for Grafenwoehr are sent to the Neustadt (Weiden) Gesundheitsamt and the total numbers for Vilseck are sent to the Amberg-Sulzbach Gesundheitsamt. This is done on a weekly base with the assistance of the community health nurses.”Allison says that one of the benefits of Germany’s decentralized local health