The competition tested all 33 MTFs in the areas of readiness, quality, access to care and financial management. “We were one of 16 teams chosen to compete based on the great work our staff has done over the past year,” said Cordts. “This is a victory for the entire hospital staff because their hard work and dedication throughout the year put us into the first round.”
Four BACH employees, Clinical Support Division Chief Paul Pierson, Primary Care noncommissioned officer in charge of the Department of Primary Care Sgt. 1st Class Marc Migala, Deputy Commander for Administration Lt. Col. Kyle Patterson and Col. Paul Cordts, started the competition virtually. In the first round, they completed a written exam by video teleconference.
Pierson and his teammates proved they were ready for the challenge as the BACH team was one of eight that advanced to the quarterfinals and later competed against Kenner Army Community Hospital from Fort Lee, Va. in the final round of the competition Monday, Oct. 29 in San Antonio, Texas.
While there, the team members had to apply critical thinking to improve patient care outcomes in a variety of mock scenarios. Each team identified issues and proposed responses to the challenges faced by a mock MTF, many of which were taken from real life examples.
The competition was created to benefit all Army Medicine patients as the MTFs shared their best practices. Every team came away from the Biz Bowl with a better understanding of how to improve their hospital’s services.