TRIPLER Army Community HospitalMedical Services
No scar breast augmentation, Brazilian Butt Lift, Tummy Tuck, Laser Liposuction, HiDefinition Liposuction, CoolSculpting, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal, TruSculpt Flex, Trusculpt ID, Hair Transplantation
Dr. Ching understands that there are no shortcuts to the expertise and skills necessary to become one of the best plastic surgeons in Honolulu, Hawaii, and in the entire nation. Patients who visit Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery in Honolulu benefit from his extensive education and training. Dr. Ching also is a visiting surgeon to the Middle East, bringing his skills and experience to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
What sets Dr. Shim Ching apart from other plastic surgeons on Oahu is the innovative and advanced techniques he uses to create results that reliably meet and exceed his patients’ expectations. He honed these techniques by training at some of the world’s foremost plastic surgery centers in Geneva, New York City, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, and San Francisco. Due to Dr. Ching’s coveted technique, patients visit him from all over Hawaii, the US, and internationally.
After pursuing an undergraduate degree from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Ching earned his medical degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He then completed a plastic surgery residency at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, an institution just outside Toronto known for its innovative approach and excellence in medicine.
Dr. Ching’s reputation as a plastic surgeon who blends artistry and skill has been honored many times, both here in Hawaii and nationwide. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America since 2011, a recognition reserved for the nation’s top 5% of doctors. He also earned first place in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s People’s Choice Awards since 2013 and was among Honolulu Magazine’s Top Doctors in Hawaii since 2011. Castle Connolly Top Doctors have also awarded Dr. Ching Best Doctor status since 2016. Honolulu Magazine has also awarded our practice, Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery, as the best cosmetic surgery practice in Honolulu since 2015. Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery is recognized as one of the top 100 plastic surgery practices in the United States.
The United States Military Health System is in the process of transitioning 50 military treatment facilities to care for active-duty service members only affecting some families’ access to health care on the installation. MHS is one of the nation’s largest and most complex health care institutions and the world’s preeminent military health care delivery operation. MHS emergency medicine saves lives on the battlefield, and the system’s services fight infectious diseases worldwide. Additionally, the MHS ensures timely health care at military treatment facilities, hospitals and clinics for more than 9.5 million service members, military retirees and their families.
The new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, provides enhanced, secure technology to manage health information. MHS GENESIS integrates inpatient and outpatient results that connect medical and dental information across the field of care, from the point of injury to the military treatment facility. When implementation is complete, MHS GENESIS will provide a single health record for service members and veterans.
Defense Health Agency
The DHA, an integrated Combat Support Agency, assumed administration and management responsibilities from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force for military hospitals and clinics in 2019. Congress initiated this change to achieve a flexible, adaptable, practical and integrated system to manage military treatment facilities.
Medical Treatment Facilities Refocus on Readiness
Under this change, 50 military MTFs are transitioning to support active-duty military readiness only. Most of the MTFs affected are outpatient clinics. This change means about 200,000 patients will move from MTFs to TRICARE civilian provider networks for primary care.
Operated by the DHA, TRICARE offers comprehensive and affordable health benefits. Integrated health care is available through MTFs and civilian providers’ networks run by civilian managed care support contractors.
Active-duty service members are enrolled in TRICARE Prime. But other beneficiaries will get to choose to enroll in either Prime or Select. Prime has fewer out-of-pocket costs but offers fewer providers to choose from than Select. Use TRICARE’s Plan Finder to evaluate your family’s options.