Deployment of WRNMMC Providers
Updated February 7, 2022
Attention WRNMMC Beneficiaries:
In response to spiking COVID-19 cases across the country, the Pentagon is mobilizing 1,000 service members to assist in locations where hospitals are overwhelmed due to staffing shortages. The mobilizations will likely last until the end of April, and a number of mobilized personnel are coming from our staff.
As the Flagship of Military Medicine, we stand ready to support our nation in times of crisis. At the same time, we want to be fully transparent about the impact these deployments will have on our ability to provide care to our beneficiaries. Appointments previously scheduled with providers and clinicians impacted by the upcoming deployments may be postponed until a later date. In addition, beneficiaries can anticipate the following:
- Delays in routine renewals of non-urgent medications
- Longer wait times for TRICARE Secure Message responses
- Delays in routine non-urgent appointments
During this period, we encourage our beneficiaries to take advantage of available care options, which include:
- Urgent Care Centers in the community
- Community or Military Health System Emergency Departments
- Nurse Advice Line: mhsnurseadviceline.com or 1-800-TRICARE
If your provider or clinician is impacted by these deployments, your care team will still be available. You will continue to have access to secure messaging, pharmacy refills, and some medical appointments, but we may not be able to assign you to a new provider for several months.
Answering our nation’s call takes a unified effort among our providers, our clinicians, and our beneficiaries. We appreciate your understanding and your partnership as we work to care for our patients here at WRNMMC and beyond.