• Kent assumes command of MEDDAC

  • On June 5, Col. John Kent officially took command of the Medical Department Activity and Munson Army Health Center during an assumption of command ceremony at Eisenhower Auditorium in the Lewis and Clark Center.

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  • On June 5, Col. John Kent officially took command of the Medical Department Activity and Munson Army Health Center during an assumption of command ceremony at Eisenhower Auditorium in the Lewis and Clark Center.
    Kent, a 2000-2001 graduate of the Command and General Staff Officer Course, returns to Fort Leavenworth with his wife, Mary, and two children Samuel and Madelyn, after his most recent assignment serving as the chief of Patient Administration for Northern Regional Medical Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.
    Bouquets were given to Kent’s wife, mother and daughter as a symbol of friendship that is said to develop and deepen with the MAHC families.
    Brig. Gen. John Cho, commanding general of the U.S. Army’s Western Regional Medical Command, welcomed Kent to his new position.
    During his speech, Cho said that in April, patient satisfaction data on MAHC was at 95.4 percent compared to the 91 percent average of the U.S. Army Medical Command.
    “Your patients have spoken,” Cho said. “That is an indication of what the potential is for the MEDCOM. You are leading the way.”
    Cho said that Kent would bring to his new position knowledge and experience from working at the strategic level as a liaison between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    “I will tell you as an officer, he lives the Army values,” Cho said. “He will lead this organization with passion, and dignity, and respect.”
    During his remarks, Kent said that he is devoted to maintaining the trust and respect MAHC has already established.
    “Army Medicine is undergoing significant changes over the coming years,” Kent said. “We will continue to work hard as a team to meet our share of its challenges that those changes demand. We will do that while we deliver patient-centered care and community-centered health.”
    Kent said after the ceremony, that Army Medicine is moving away from solely delivering health care to also trying to improve wellness.
    “I think one of the things we’re going to be looking at is how do we make sure that we evolve from the system that provides health care to a system that allows our patients to be healthy and well,” Kent said. “Our Army Wellness Center is a big step forward in that, and we’ll continue to kind of synchronize that with the care that we do provide people when they do become ill or injured.”
    At the end of the ceremony, Kent joined Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Commanding General Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, CAC Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Wright and MEDDAC Sgt. Maj. Sam Oak in signing the Army Medicine Healthcare Covenant. The covenant reaffirms the Army, Fort Leavenworth and MAHC’s commitment to soldiers, retirees and their family members by providing excellent care and support.
    Page 2 of 2 - According to his biography, Kent received a master of health administration from Baylor University and a bachelor’s of science from the University of Arizona. He is board certified in health care management, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a registered dietitian.
    His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Field Nutrition Operations Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship.
    Other assignments include military special assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., deputy commander for administration at the U.S. Army Medical Department Activities in Alaska and Fort Polk, La.; chief of the Nutrition Care Division at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas; clinical operation officer and civil military operations officer of the 30th Medical Brigade in Heidelberg, Germany, and Baghdad, Iraq, for Operation Iraqi Freedom 1; chief of the Production and Service Branch at the Tripler Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and chief of the Nutrition Care Division at Fort McClellan, Ala.
    Kent’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (fourth award), and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
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