(2) The prevention of unnecessary hazards to the health and efficiency of
troops through a health and environment program.
(3) The medical treatment of those who become sick or injured and their
prompt return to duty or other disposition as appropriate.
(4) The prompt evacuation of patients from the combat zone to medical
treatment facilities designed to provide the type and extent of treatment required.
c. The AMEDD purpose is to provide the U.S. Army with the world's best
trained, equipped, and supported leaders, soldiers, and civilians, ready to provide
quality health service support in any environment across the operational continuum.
U.S. ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
a. The U.S. Army Medical Department Command (MEDCOM) is a major Army
command under the direction of Headquarters, Department of the Army. AMEDD
personnel are found in all major Army commands (MACOM). MEDCOM's mission is to
provide health services for the Army in the continental United States (CONUS) and
other areas and organizations as directed by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army. The
MEDCOM has the additional mission of providing medical, dental, and veterinary
education and training for AMEDD personnel and other personnel as directed.
b. The AMEDD provides health services to eligible personnel under the area
support concept. The territory to which the AMEDD provides health services is divided
into seven geographical areas of responsibility. Each of these has been designated as
a health service region (HSR). Each HSR contains one U.S. Army Medical Center
(MEDCEN). The health service regions are normally subdivided into two or more health
service areas (HSA). A health service area is a geographical area for which a single
medical treatment facility (MTF) has responsibility for providing health care services to
authorized personnel within that area. For example, if a health service region contains
a MEDCEN and three MEDDACs, this HSR would be divided into four health service
areas. One HSA would have the MEDCEN as its primary MTF and each of the other
HSAs would have one of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activities (MEDDAC) as its
primary medical treatment facility.
c. A U.S. Army Medical Center (MEDCEN) is a specialized medical treatment
and teaching facility that provides general and specialized medical and dental care and
treatment. A U.S. Army Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) is a fixed MTF with
associated activities, all of which are responsible for providing health services.
d. Health services for areas not under the AMEDD are provided by AMEDD
personnel within other MACOMs. For example, the 7th Medical Command in
Heidelberg, Germany, is under the major Army command United States Army, Europe