By Christa Hyson, MPH
Senior Manager, External Affairs and Public Information Officer
On November 15 we again recognized the successful completion of S.M.A.R.T. medical training for service members. Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Medical Assets Readiness Training) is a unique training program that is designed to prevent skill atrophy and build civilian/military relationships while strengthening community ties. Health system leadership and healthcare military veterans joined 34 service member graduates in our Learning Center for closing ceremonies – bringing our total number of graduates since inception to 143!
Four member hospitals: The Christ Hospital Health Network, Mercy Health, TriHealth, and UC Health provided 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 keynote address from BG Jill K. Faris, member of the Ohio Army National Guard and Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs. Service members also listened to 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 service members. The next round of Operation Cincinnati S.M.A.R.T. participants will report in February 2020. See below for a photo gallery of the November 15 graduation ceremony at The Health Collaborative.