Concept of Operations for the Establishment of the Joint Pathology Center
DEFENSE HEALTH BOARD FALLS CHURCH VA FALLS CHURCH United States
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In a memorandum dated 16 June 2008, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Clinical and Program Policy, Dr. Joseph Kelley, requested that the Defense Health Board DHB review the Department of Defense DoDs implementation plan for the establishment of the Joint Pathology Center JPC and comment on the plans appropriateness and feasibility for DoD within the context of the 2005 Base Alignment and Closure BRACCommission Report and subsequent legislation. H.R. 4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, became Public Law 110-181on28 January 2008 P.L. 110-181, 722 directs the President to establish a Joint Pathology Center. The law directs the JPC shall function as the reference center in pathology for the Federal Government. The statute also recognizes the substantial and significant contributions of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology AFIP to military and civilian medicine. The JPC Working Group JPCWG was formed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and tasked to create options for the establishment of the JPC within DoD. The JPCWG recommended the JPC be established within the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical JTF CapMed in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences USUHS after consideration of eight options, as indicated to the Board. A Concept of Operations ConOps plan was subsequently developed to reflect the JPCWGs consensus recommendations. The ConOps includes the Working Groups vision of the JPC as the Federal Governments premier pathology reference center supporting the military health system MHS, DoD and other Federal agencies through its mission statement that the JPC will provide world-class diagnostic subspecialty consultation, education, training, research, and maintenancemodernization of the Tissue Repository in support of the mission of the DoD and other Federal agencies.
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