2010 Federal Health Care Executive Award for Achievement
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 the 2010 Federal Health Care Executive Special Achievement Award is Lieutenant Colonel L. Michaelle Guerrero, Commander, 82d Medical Support Squadron/Administrator, 82d Medical Group, Sheppard AFB, Texas. Currently, she is deployed to Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, as the 455th Medical Support Squadron Commander.
Lieutenant Colonel Guerrero's 17-year career has included involvement in some of the most dynamic modernization efforts that have transformed the Air Force Medical Service and the military health system. By appointment of the Air Force Surgeon General, Guerrero chaired a multi-disciplinary workgroup charged with developing and employing a secure, real-time tele-radiology architecture. Her team established a radiology hub-spoke model, providing 24/7 coverage for 75 fixed military health care facilities worldwide, which decreased turnaround time by 60 percent, enabled troops to return to duty over four times faster, saves $l.4 million annually and garnered the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Award for Best Practice.
Guerrero was named by the Air Force Surgeon General to lead the Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Medical Joint Cross Service Group analytical cell. Charged with developing and executing analyses for a comprehensive review of the $24 billion military health system, Guerrero led a 5-person Tri-Service team that helped shape the final recommendations, which resulted in the largest Department of Defense medical infrastructure restructuring since World War II, netting $5 billion in savings and transforming the system into a modernized military health care platform.
In 2008, Guerrero was named as the 18th Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century subject matter expert for aeromedical evacuation operations. In this capacity, she led the development of an automated reporting tool that provides a snapshot of aeromedical evacuation assets/capability on-hand - which received recognition as a key mission of Air Mobility Command. Additionally, she worked with the Medical Service Corps Chief for Aeromedical Evacuation to lay the foundation for the Medical Service Corps career path in Air Force aeromedical evacuation operations.