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NEWS | Sept. 26, 2018

Army Reserve, Boston Medical Center partner for success

By Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris 99th Readiness Division

Representatives from the U.S. Army Reserve and Boston Medical Center signed a memorandum of understanding Sept. 21 as part of the Army Reserve’s Private Public Partnership Program.

This partnership will provide potential jobs in the medical field for Army Reserve Soldiers, family members and veterans, which in turn will enhance Army Reserve readiness.

“We’re going to engage in a partnership with Boston Medical Center, and what a great partnership it is,” said Maj. Gen. Troy D. Kok, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division. “If I can get an Army Reserve Soldier a great job, they’re going to be a great Soldier.” 

Kok was joined by MBC President and CEO Kate Walsh for the memorandum signing.

“Today’s ceremony marks the official start of what has already been a long-standing collaboration, one that’s a win-win for Boston Medical Center and the Army,” Walsh said. “This partnership will provide active Army Reservists, veterans and their family members opportunities for training and development, and connect them with careers here at BMC.”

The Army Reserve’s P3 program focuses on fostering long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with not-for-profit, for-profit and academic organizations. Soldiers benefit by gaining access to unique training and job opportunities. Civilian organizations benefit by gaining access to a top-notch workforce.

“Sixty percent of all medical forces in the Total Army are in the Army Reserve, 75 percent of all the doctoral degrees held in the Army are in the Army Reserve, and 50 percent of all the masters degrees held in the Army are in the Army Reserve, so we're an extremely educated Title 10 force,” Kok said.

“We here at BCM will benefit from a highly skilled, highly trained work force that shares our commitment to making a positive impact on our community and the world,” Walsh explained. “The Army has a well-established history of developing skilled workers and leaders from which BMC has already benefited – here are currently 46 active service members working here in our hospital.”

The P3 program helps America’s Army Reserve remain the most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal reserve force in the nation's history.