“I love my country, and if I have a skill that is needed, I should do my part,” stated Maj. Lisa Foley, an Army Reserve nurse from New Albany, Mississippi, currently supporting the Department of Defense response to COVID-19.
Foley, a nurse practitioner, is currently serving at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa., which has been transformed into a field hospital site. She is one of more than 1,200 Army Reserve medical professionals that have been mobilized in Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces, as part of the DoD’s response, which is being led by U.S. Northern Command.
U.S. Army North, as U.S Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, continues the rapid integration of medical capabilities in several locations around the country, while remaining flexible to rapidly respond to emerging needs as part of the Department of Defense’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The JFLCC has employed UAMTFs in nine U.S. cities, including Philadelphia.
Specifically created to respond in this time of crisis, UAMTFs augment the civilian medical community by delivering a wide range of critical medical capabilities. Each 85-person UAMTF consists of doctors, nurses, combat medics, respiratory therapists, and ancillary personnel.
Foley was inspired to join the Army by the director of her nursing program at Mississippi University for Women, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing.
“The director of my nursing program at Mississippi University for Women, Joyce Thornton, was a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve and someone I looked up to,” she shared. “That led me in my path with the military.”
Foley later earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently employed as a cardiology nurse practitioner with the Cardiovascular Institute at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
“My family hates to see me go but are very proud that their wife, mama and ‘Honey’ (grandmother) is a Soldier,” shared Foley. “I continue to serve in the Army Reserve because I feel like we all owe something back to our country.”
Foley is traditionally a member of the Army Reserve Medical Command, Western Medical Area Readiness Group, 7223rd Medical Support Unit in Mobile, Alabama.
“My hope and prayer for those currently serving or who will serve in this COVID-19 response is safety for themselves and their patients,” said Foley.