satellite on the installation or post. In addition to the hospital facility, the MEDCEN TDA
organization normally includes on and off-post medical, dental, veterinary, and health
and environment activities.
a. Army Medical Centers. Army MEDCEN contain the full or last name of the
individual after whom the center is named followed by the phrase "Army Medical
Center" (for example, Walter Reed Army Medical Center).
b. The Organizational Structure of a Army Medical Center. The
organizational structure of a MEDCEN is not rigid. Each MEDCEN is organized under a
TDA specifically designed for the most efficient accomplishment of its particular mission.
A chart showing the typical organizational structure of a MEDCEN is shown at
figure 2-3. The major organizational elements of the MEDCEN are discussed in
paragraphs 2-5 through 2-10.
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDER
Titles and functions of the individuals assigned to the office of the commander
are given below:
a. Army Medical Center Commander. The MEDCEN commander is a MC
officer whose functions include commanding the MEDCEN, providing health services to
all eligible beneficiaries, developing and executing the operating program and budget,
supervising graduate professional training and other training programs assigned, and
evaluating the quality of the health services provided. In addition, he normally serves as
the DHS on the installation commander's staff. The MEDCEN commander is also the
b. Deputy Commander for Clinical Services. The Deputy Commander for
Clinical Services (DCCS) is a MC officer who represents and assists the commander as
required and assumes command of the MEDCEN in the commander's absence. He
normally supervises and controls the activities of the departments and separate
services of the hospital. He supervises professional matters concerning research,
clinical investigation, professional training, and the use of consultants; coordinates the
professional aspects of the hospital accreditation program; and coordinates the training
activities for medical RC personnel. He supervises the management of military
inpatients to preclude unnecessary hospitalization due to delays in processing;
supervises the operations of the central appointment system and of the medical library;
monitors the professional aspects of the HSC Ambulatory Patient Care Program; and
designates a service to provide technical supervision over the installation's Alcohol and
Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program (ADAPCP). He also serves as chairman
of the Credentials Committee, the chairman of the Clinical Investigation Committee (if
formed), the chairman of the Human Use Committee (if formed), and as Director of
Medical Education. The Chief, Professional Services of the MEDCEN hospital normally
serves as the Deputy Commander.