Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War I and honors U.S. military veterans and victims of all wars. We hold these individuals in the highest regard, but they deserve more than just our respect. They deserve action.
2018 Behavioral Health Innovation Award
MAJ Mark Fleming, PhD, Group Director, Behavioral Health Division of UHS, was recently awarded the 2018 Behavioral Health Innovation Award by the Army National Guard Behavioral Health Working Group for creating a Suicide Prevention Program for the Missouri National Guard.
Universal Health Services, Inc. has a long-standing commitment to the military, including active duty service members, veterans and their families.
Helping veterans find jobs
UHS is a member company supporting the Veteran Jobs Mission, the leading private-sector solution addressing U.S. military veteran unemployment. The Veteran Jobs Mission began in 2011 as a coalition of 11 leading companies committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, the coalition has evolved to more than 200 private-sector companies representing virtually every industry of the U.S. economy. The Veteran Jobs Mission coalition has collectively hired more than 473,000 veterans since it began.
As a result of this great early success, and due to the significant contributions veterans have made to the companies that have hired them, the Veteran Jobs Mission has raised its goal to hiring 1 million U.S. military veterans.
Beyond their ongoing search for top military talent, Veteran Jobs Mission members are continuing to increase their focus on retention and career development of veterans in the private sector. This includes supporting veterans as they adapt to the workplace by establishing sponsorship and on-boarding training programs, as well as industry-based coalition subgroups to increase collaboration among members.
Expanding needed services
The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and their families may have far-reaching, lifelong implications to health and wellbeing. This is particularly true with regard to treating the often invisible, but increasingly prevalent, behavioral health needs of active duty service members and veterans.
The Patriot Support Program, established by UHS in 2001, was born out of a great need: to support the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Administration (VA) in providing much needed behavioral health services for military, veterans and their families. The strain of multiple deployments and separations has worn greatly on the bodies, minds and spirits of service members. It is not uncommon for active duty service members and veterans to struggle with depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS), addiction or other behavioral health issues. The Patriot Support Program gives back to the service members who have risked their safety and well-being so that we can enjoy the rights, liberties and opportunities granted by our nation.
“At graduation, I was commissioned in the U.S. Army and served in the 77th Infantry Division. UHS’ commitment to military members and their families, for me, is very personal.” – Alan B. Miller, CEO and Chairman of UHS
Network of treatment centers
In response to the present and growing need for high quality, intensive behavioral health services, UHS developed a network of treatment centers, support staff and medical professionals dedicated to treating active duty service members and veterans. Our multidisciplinary teams work closely with installation personnel and VA resources to help patients achieve established treatment goals.
We have spent the last several years expanding the locations and resources dedicated to military-specific behavioral health services. Eleven UHS behavioral health facilities have been designated Patriot Support Centers of Excellence. Each location operates a fully dedicated unit (or units) with an emphasis on maintaining close communication with the appropriate command infrastructure. The goal of all facilities is to return all service members to full duty with honor.
There are 13 other facilities designated as Support Service Centers under Patriot Support. These facilities meet the same high standards set for our Centers of Excellence but may not have fully dedicated units. In total, the Patriot Support Program is comprised of 24 facilities that provide quality, specialized care to the military community.