|Organization and Functions of the Medical Division
by Capt. Robert G. Valentine, MSG, and Lt. Fred W. Kelly, MSC
The chart above reflects the current organization of Medical Division, Headquarters, EUCOM as of 1 July 1950. This article outlines the functions performed by the various branches and sections of the Medical Division.
It is believed that familiarity with the organizational chart and the statement of functions may save time in avoiding misdirected inquiries, and should be of particular value to newly assigned officers who have not yet become fully familiar with the organization of the division.
1. CHIEF SURGEON
As the senior medical technical staff advisor, the Chief Surgeon plans, formulates and recommends policies concerning physical and mental health of personnel of the European Command, to include medical and sanitary policies and procedures; policies for the health of the army, care of the sick and wounded, hospitalization and evacuation, and the reconditioning of military personnel; and the inspection of food of animal origin; develops plans for the conservation of manpower through the prevention of disease and injury, including the pursuance of research and development in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of diseases, wounds, and injuries; formulates policies, plans and programs for the procurement of medical equipment and supplies required by the European Command; determines procurement policies and procedures; plans future requirements, and supervises storage, distribution and maintenance of medical supplies and equipment; exercises technical staff supervision over medical installations of this command to assure maximum efficiency and economy in utilization of the medical means available; and exercises certain command responsibilities as a major commander subordinate to Headquarters, USAREUR.
2, DEPUTY CHIEF SURGEON
Acts for and in the absence of the Chief Surgeon; formulates and supervises medical technical and/or operational activities; coordinates and reviews all plans requiring general or special staff action; and reviews and approves all directives initiated by the Medical Division.
3. DENTAL SURGEON
Prepares plans and policies for, and supervises the administration of the Dental Service of the European Command, including plans with respect to personnel, equipment, supplies and the professional procedures involved in dental treatment; makes recommendations on matters relating to the dental health of this command.
4, PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATION BRANCH
Prepares plans and policies for, and supervises the administration for the Medical Division and units under command of the Chief Surgeon,
Reviews all correspondence for correct form and compliance with current regulations and directives, and handles administrative details for the Chief Surgeon and his deputy; processes and distributes all incoming and outgoing correspondence, and distributes all incoming and outgoing correspondence, publications, and directives; and maintains master files for the division.
Office Services Section
Supervises matters pertaining to unit supply and transportation activities for the Medical Division; requisitions and maintains files on publications and stencils; obtains orders, passes, and clearance for personnel assigned to the Medical Division; consolidates certain reports from units under the command of the Chief Surgeon.
Administers matters pertaining to civilian and military personnel of units under command of' the Chief Surgeon; prepares, reviews, consolidates, and takes necessary action on correspondence, reports, and requisitions relating to personnel; makes assignment readjustments for personnel; initiates and publishes directives regarding military and civilian personnel matters to and for units under command of the Chief Surgeon.
5. COMPTROLLER BRANCH
Formulates, coordinates, and supervises matters concerning budget and fiscal and management activities as pertain to the division; advises the Chief Surgeon on the development of fiscal policies and provides information on the current status of funds, efficiency of Comptroller personnel, and general effectiveness of the financial program.
Budget and Fiscal Section
Plans and develops the preparation, consolidation, and submission of Medical Department budget requirements for the European Command; operates fiscal station for funds administered directly by the Medical Division; and maintains records pertaining to status of all medical appropriated and German funds; audits and processes for settlement all bills involving medical, dental, or veterinary services obtained by authorized personnel from civilian agencies; audits and processes all vouchers evidencing assistance rendered by the Medical Department on reimbursable basis to allied governments, federal agencies, IRO, and certain civilian agencies.
Plans, develops, and administers the total management program for the Chief Surgeon; effects management surveys concerning personnel utilization within the Medical Division and units under command of the Chief Surgeon; develops and coordinates procedures for collection of cost accounting data at commanded installations and by use of such data analyzes performance and recommends corrective action; administers other phases of management program for efficient and economical operation of units under command of the Chief Surgeon.
6. MEDICAL SUPPLY BRANCH
Determines amounts required, obtains, and stores adequate medical supplies and equipment necessary for the planned troop strength and medical program of the European Command.
Administration and Depot Operation Section
Exercises administrative supervision over depot operations procedures and the storage of supplies and equipment, including the maintenance of records, shortage lists, requisitioning of
shortages, and the ear-marking of biologicals, etc,; exercises administrative supervision over the issuance of T/O&E items of medical equipment and the rendering of assistance to medical units in obtaining T/O&E items from other technical services.
Requirements and Control Section
Determines medical supply and equipment requirements for the European Command, determines excess and surplus property, determines supply control procedures pertaining to medical supplies in the European Command; maintains requirement cards and prepares stock replenishment requisitions for transmittal to the ZI.
Purchasing and Contracting Section
Establishes policies and formulates directives governing medical procurement procedures in the European Command; accomplishes procurement of medical supplies and equipment in the European Command required to fulfill the needs of the army and associated agencies; prepares and approves contracts for repair and maintenance of technical medical equipment and other contractual services as required.
7. PLANS AND OPERATIONS BRANCH
Establishes basic policies and plans for medical organization, operations, and training; determines requirements of personnel and equipment for menicel units; formulates policies pertaining to administration of hospitals and dispensaries; and determines policies for hospitalization and evacuation of patients.
Operations and Plans Section
Formulates and promulgates policy regarding Medical Department operations in the European Command; initiates plans for personnel, facilities, and equipment required for the operation of the Medical Services in this command under all conditions; plans the activation and deactivation of medical units; and makes a continuous study and prepares estimates of tactical and strategic situations as they affect the Medical Service of the European Command.
Organization and Training Section
Supervises and coordinates activities pertaining to organization and training of medical units of the European Command; makes recommendations on priority of assignment of units, personnel end equipment; and exercises staff supervision over the operation of the USAREUR Medical Training School.
Hospitalization and Evacuation Section
Assists in the formulation of policies pertaining to the administration of hospitals and dispensaries; regulates the flow of patients, evacuated within the command and to the ZI; prepares certain periodic reports as required by Department of the Army and Headquarters, European Command; prepares directives for publication governing hospitalization and evacuation; reviews plans for construction of medical facilities; and maintains the Central Hospital Fund,
Promotes public relations for the Medical Division through news releases to press, radio, magazines, and pictorial media; edits the EUCOM Medical Bulletin; compiles historical reports; and serves in an advisory capacity on public relation and historical matters to subordinate units,
8. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE BRANCH
Formulates a comprehensive preventive medicine program; directs special investigations of unusual incidence of communicable diseases and adverse environmental conditions; maintains liaison with Chief, Public Health Service, HICOG, and other health agencies in controlling diseases; makes recommendations regarding nutritional adequacy of rations; and compiles certain statistical data relative to incidence of disease, injury, etc,
Communicable Disease Control Section
Makes recommendations to the Chief Surgeon regarding control measures for epidemics and unusual outbreaks of disease, and formulates a comprehensive program for control of communicable diseases.
Environmental Sanitation Section
Makes recommendations regarding water supply, waste disposal, housing standards, and insect and rodent control; and directs surveys of military environmental health and sanitation.
Medical Statistics Section
Receives, consolidates, and processes weekly statistical health reports, and processes monthly sick and wounded reports; maintains tables and charts of morbidity and mortality rates relative to military personnel in the European Command; prepares routine and special reports to SGO and other agencies requiring medical statistical data; and prepares special studies and analyses pertaining to health of the command for the Surgeon General.
9. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BRANCH
Is responsible for supervision of professional medical care of all military personnel, dependents, DA and allied civilians in the European Command; initiates and/or reviews directives on professional subjects for publication; furnishes either personal or telephonic consultation on individual
patients, professional policies, or current status of professional knowledge; reviews and evaluates qualifications of medical officers with MOS in professional category, advises regarding their assignment, transfer, and professional rating; and maintains professional medical library.
Is responsible for that total branch function which concerns matters in the broad fields of internal medicine and neuropsychiatry.
Is responsible for that total branch function which concerns matters in the broad general fields of surgery, physical medicine and radiology.
10, NURSING BRANCH
Directs and supervises activities of the nursing service in the European Command; formulates and recommends to the Chief Surgeon standards relative to the nursing service; is responsible for assignment and transfer of all ANC personnel in the European Command,
11. VETERINARY BRANCH
Formulates plans and policies for the veterinary service of the European Command; makes recommendations concerning the assignment of veterinary personnel; inspects veterinary installations and makes recommendations and suggestions concerning veterinary care; coordinates procurement inspections of food purchases by Chief QM, EES, and special messes, including sanitary inspections of sources of supply.