On February 15th, The Health Collaborative hosted the second graduation ceremony for Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Medical Assets Readiness Training). 31 Active, Reserve and Guard personnel representing all branches of service, graduated from the Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. program. S.M.A.R.T. is an innovative strategic partnership between the U.S. military and our regional healthcare systems designed to prevent skill atrophy and help to build civil/military relationships while strengthening community ties.

Four of our member hospitals- The Christ Hospital, Mercy Health, TriHealth, and UC Health provided specialized training to S.M.A.R.T .participants, including accompanying paramedics on ambulance calls, working alongside emergency department personnel and shadowing specialties such as radiology, laboratory technology, dental treatment, mental health, and others.

Graduates of S.M.A.R.T. listened to veterans from our member hospitals speak on the challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life – and why programs like S.M.A.R.T. are essential in building key networks. A keynote address from Brigadier General Joseph A. Marsiglia offered guidance on building successful careers in medicine. Brig. Gen. Marsiglia is the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and Army Reserve Affairs as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee for the Office of the Surgeon General, as well as the Deputy Commanding General for Army Reserve Medical Command.

The next class for Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. will arrive in Cincinnati in May of 2019.

Click here to watch S.M.A.R.T. in action.