2007 AHA Federal Health Care Awards Program


Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Hospital Constituency Section, and recognizes a senior federal health care executive who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant leadership or innovative achievements, which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of this award is COL. Jimmie O. Keenan, Chief of Staff, Army Medical Action Plan, Army Medical Department, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA.  COL Keenan has distinguished herself within the Federal Healthcare System through her significant leadership as the first Chief of Staff of the Army Medical Action Plan (AMAP) restoring public trust and confidence in the Army Medical Department. The AMAP, under COL Keenan's vision and leadership, has become the nucleus for the most significant and rapid institutional transformation of the military healthcare system.  COL Keenan, with over twenty years of healthcare management experience, was hand picked to establish and lead the AMAP. She developed and structured the AMAP as a business matrix organization to reduce redundancy, achieve greater unity of effort, and optimize resources.

COL Keenan swiftly coordinated the establishment and staffing of 35 Warrior Transition Units (WTU) across the country to institutionalize the structure and continuity of care management in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. This novel approach has increased organizational and health care provider accountability through case management and other patient-centered services while maintaining flexibility based on the needs of the individual. The AMAP has taken a process-based approach to managing soldiers from the time they arrive at the WTU until they leave to return to duty or to civilian life.  Her efforts in instituting comprehensive care plans to manage the outpatient process led to her creation of the "Triad Concept of Care."  The "Triad" incorporates three professional disciplines: leaders, case managers, and primary care providers to successfully manage the outpatient process through communication, collaboration and team work.

COL Keenan's collaboration at the operational and strategic level of the Army, Department of Defense and interagency, inter-service, and legislative branches of government is unparalleled in the Army Medical Department. She leverages these skills daily to reduce administrative and bureaucratic burdens and change policies to succeed in the mission of providing a system wide approach to deliver optimal care to our wounded Warriors.

COL Keenan has served in the Army Nurses Corps for over twenty years.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.   She received her Baccalaureate of Nursing from Henderson State University, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award

The Award is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Federal Hospital Constituency Section, and recognizes a federal healthcare executive who has distinguished himself/herself through singularly significant achievements, which have contributed substantially to the mission of the federal health system.

The recipient of this award is LTC Dawn Garcia, Head Nurse, Combined Intensive Care Unit, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.  LTC Garcia is an Army Nurse Corps officer with nearly two decades of dedicated service.  She has expertly managed one of the most complex intensive care units in the Medical Command and European Regional Medical Command, directly supporting combat NATO Alliance and Special Forces Operations in the global War on Terrorism.  She spearheaded the design and delivery of clinical training competency plans that ensured world-class care and rapid integration of new personnel into the Combined Intensive Care Unit.  By integrating Navy personnel to her team, she contributed to the medical center's distinction as the Department of Defense's first Tri-Service healthcare facility.  She also set the example in federal service by leading the transition to an all inpatient electronic record system ensuring smooth transition for staff and patient safety.

LTC Garcia actively promoted interdisciplinary performance improvement and infection control processes resulting in three unprecedented ICU care protocols.  Her talents had significant impact on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center's first ever Level 2 Trauma Verification Survey.  She authored three trauma protocols, four operating procedures and incorporated 15 updated forms into daily ICU practice as part of dynamic trauma practice.  The medical center is now the only verified Level 2 Trauma Center outside the United States.   

LTC Garcia is a sought after speaker and has presented to several hundred personnel throughout Europe.  She has been profiled in German and American magazines, radio and television news programs as well as Army recruiting items for her selfless dedication to our wounded soldiers.

LTC Garcia is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, and a Master's in Health Administration from the Baylor University, Waco, TX.



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