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On August 16th The Health Collaborative (THC) hosted the fourth graduation ceremony for Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Medical Assets Readiness Training). 30 Active, Reserve, and Guard personnel representing the U.S. Army graduated from the unique training program.

S.M.A.R.T. is an innovative, strategic partnership between the U.S. military and regional healthcare systems designed to prevent skill atrophy and build civilian/military relationships while strengthening community ties. The program began in August of 2018.

Four THC member hospitals: The Christ Hospital Health Network, Mercy Health, TriHealth, and UC Health provide specialized training to S.M.A.R.T. participants. Experiential learning opportunities include accompanying paramedics on ambulance calls, working alongside emergency department personnel, and shadowing specialties such as radiology, laboratory technology, dental treatment, mental health, and others.

The Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. graduation ceremony featured a special keynote address from Col. Brad Wenstrup in addition to soldier testimonials and a panel discussion from hospital representative veterans that shared stories on transitioning from military to civilian life.

A special thank you to the continued collaboration and commitment from The Christ Hospital Health Network, Mercy Health, TriHealth, and UC Health to our soldiers.

The next round of Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. participants will report in November 2019. See below for a photo gallery of the August 16 graduation ceremony at The Health Collaborative.