The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is accepting nominations for the Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award. The award honors an individual and/or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes, continuing the legacy of Dr. Jonathan Letterman.
In 1862, as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War, Major Jonathan Letterman completely reorganized the military medical service. A skilled surgeon, he devised an ingenious system of mobile field hospitals, base hospitals, and battlefield first-aid stations where the principles of triage were first instituted, all linked by an efficient ambulance corps. His innovative procedures saved the lives of countless soldiers, and he is known today as the “Father of Battlefield Medicine.”
Nominees are to be leading innovative efforts in civilian emergency care, combat casualty care, prosthetic technology, improving outcomes for patients with catastrophic injuries, or leveraging today’s cutting edge medical technology to develop new ways to assist Armed Forces members or civilians who have suffered severe disfiguring wounds. These are just a few examples of worthy reasons for nominating.
Potential nominees for could include:
- military units or entities
- project groups