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Updated Dec 6, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Local hospital programs aiding combat training and rehabilitation

Based on a report from the General Accounting Office only a small fraction of U.S. military medical treatment facility diagnoses matched battlefield injuries. After the report was released Scottsdale Healthcare launched the nation's first community hospital-based training program. Today, that program serves as a national prototype for clinical excellence in readiness training and military-civilian partnerships.

The partnership is a platform, enabling military physicians and other military medical personnel to sustain their skills in combat readiness. "For years, the military has been looking at partnering with community hospitals because they saw a need in training their personnel in trauma. If you go back to the Gulf War, we didn't have this type of training," said spokesman Vance Nesbitt.

In October of 2010, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center opened a $1.6 million military trauma-training center. Now, they've expanded the program adding a mobile simulation training lab. The lab is going to military bases to train personnel who cannot come to the high-tech facility at Scottsdale Healthcare.

"So no matter what comes down the line, whether it's a combat situation, humanitarian or domestic humanitarian, they are trained and ready to go," Nesbitt said.

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