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collapse Year: 2018
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NMOTC Graduates Newest Navy Dental Hygienists
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
5/7/2018
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) – Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) recently graduated the newest class of Navy registered dental hygienists May 4.

First Robot-Assisted Surgery Onboard USNS Mercy: Multinational surgeons slicing into the future
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams, Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific
5/5/2018
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka – U.S and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) and Sri Lankan surgeons, assigned to Base Hospital Mutur, conducted the first ever robot-assisted surgery aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on May 4.

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Pacific Partners Provide Medical Preparation Prior to Performance

4/30/2018
TAWAU, Malaysia (April 30, 2018) Medical trainers and band members visited Holy Trinity Secondary School in Tawau, Malaysia to teach children basic first aid and play music in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), April 30.

NHC Corpus Christi Receives Second Consecutive Retention Excellence Award
By William Love
4/26/2018
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (April 19, 2018) -- The Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Career Development Team proudly displayed the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) Retention Excellence Award pennant at morning colors.

USNS Mercy arrives in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams
4/25/2018
TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka – U.S and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), April 25.

Navy Surgeon General Keynotes the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council Health Innovation Day

4/19/2018
WASHINGTON (NNS) – Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, served as a keynote speaker at the inaugural American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) health innovation day, Apr. 19.

NHCPR First to Introduce the Reflective Practice Program to its Providers
By Marcus Henry
4/19/2018
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland (NAS) – The setting is the living room of the Executive Officers quarters, a small 1970s era house sitting on the water at Patuxent River Naval Air Station – with a clear view of the bright morning sun rising on the water. A peaceful and tranquil setting perfect for this small group of nine of the clinics providers including doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants to begin their first Reflective Practice session.

Occupational Therapists Showcase Their Grasp for Your Grip at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
4/19/2018
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- From grip strengthening to glaucoma support, Naval Hospital Bremerton's (NHB) Occupational Therapy Clinic displayed a sample of what they offer eligible beneficiaries with a command presentation on April 16.

Breathing a Sigh of Relief at NHC Corpus Christi
By William Love
4/17/2018
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (April 17, 2018) Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi healthcare professionals got a boost in occupational respiratory health that coincided with National Occupational Health Nurses’ week April 9-15.

USNS MERCY ARRIVES IN MALAYSIA FOR PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
By Petty Officer 1st Class Micah Blechner
4/16/2018
U.S. and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, April 16.

USNS Mercy arrives in Singapore during Pacific Partnership 2018
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams
4/13/2018
CHANGI, Singapore – Service members and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Changi, Singapore on April 13 for a port call.

3rd MAW Sailor receives award for saving a life
By Sgt. Brytani Wheeler
4/12/2018
During a hike on Mount Woodson in Poway, California, Don Klein and his wife heard calls of distress. Those calls of distress were coming from a senior woman who had fallen approximately 15 feet down the side of the cliff. Klein, a Navy corpsman with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, immediately took action to help the woman who had fallen on a boulder below.

NME staff has the motivation to push people in more ways than one
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
4/12/2018
Michael Davis, a contract specialist at Navy Medicine East, who is legally blind, will run in the Boston Marathon for the fourth time this year with his guide, and will mark the first time ever a legally blind runner will push an autistic rider in the marathon with a guide.

NMOTC Holds Holocaust Remembrance
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
4/11/2018
The Diversity Committee at Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) began a three-day Holocaust remembrance April 10.

Navy Medicine Establishes Policy for Long-Term Opioid Therapy Safety
From U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
4/11/2018
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Terry J. Moulton, signed the Long-Term Opioid Therapy Safety Program instruction, establishing policies and training designed to ensure the safety of long-term opioid therapy patients, March 14.

Making it Rain: Improving Medical Readiness at the Frontline
By Cpl. Kyle McNan
4/10/2018
When people are in need of medical care, time is always a factor. Many times service members find themselves operating in austere environments such as disaster relief areas and forward operating bases where the transportation of medical supplies can be a complex undertaking. Depending on the environment, transporting supplies on the ground may not be an option.

Same Day Surgeries Increasing at NHP
By Jason Bortz
4/10/2018
Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) has made significant enhancements recently to improve surgical services provided to the over 55,000 patients enrolled to NHP and the thousands of eligible beneficiaries that utilize surgical services at the hospital.

USNS Mercy Departs Bengkulu Indonesia
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
4/10/2018
BENGKULU, Province of Indonesia (NNS) -- Service members and partner nations participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Bengkulu aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), April 10.

NHC Corpus Christi participates in Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention observance
By William Love
4/9/2018
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (April 6, 2018) – Capt. Miguel A. Cubano, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi commanding officer, joined Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Joint Service Commanders to sign the 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) Proclamation during a ceremony in front of the clinic.

Naval Hospital Bremerton Chalk it up for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
4/9/2018
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) victim advocates (VA) were not about to let a little inclement weather get in the way for the annual 'Chalk the Walk' display.

Branch Health Clinic Key West opens American Red Cross office
By Yan Kennon
4/9/2018
Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West hosted the grand opening of an on-site American Red Cross office on Monday, April 9. In attendance were about 40 service members, retirees, family members, volunteers, as well as leaders from the American Red Cross, the Keys community, Naval Air Station Key West, and major commands located aboard the air station.

Continuing Promise 2018 Arrives in Guatemala
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kayla Cosby
4/8/2018
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (NNS) -- A team comprised of 250 Navy and Army service members disembarked the Military Sealift Command's expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) after arriving in Puerto Barrios, April 5, for its second mission stop during Continuing Promise 2018 (CP-18).

NEPMU-5 Wins San Diego Military Advisory Council Community Achievement Award

4/3/2018
SAN DIEGO, Calif.- Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Five (NEPMU-5) was selected as the winner of the 11th Annual San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) Community Achievement Award. The award recognizes units who, by volunteering, have had a profound impact on the community.

NEPMU-5 hosts Taiwan Medical Delegation Visit as Part of a Subject Matter Expert Exchange

4/3/2018
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Five (NEPMU-5) hosted three officers in three medical delegations from the Taiwan military as a part of the week-long subject matter exchange, March 16, 2018.

Camp Lemonnier’s medical facility host health and wellness fair
By Lt. Desiree Woodman
4/3/2018
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – In an effort to increase awareness of health services and programs available at Camp Lemonnier, U.S. military members from the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) sponsored a health and wellness fair, Mar. 25, 2018.

PP18 Officially Starts with Ceremony in Indonesia
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
4/3/2018
BENGKULU, Indonesia (NNS) -- Service members assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) made the first official Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) mission stop in Indonesia where they participated in a two-part opening ceremony, April 2.

WWII-era Navy dental officer posthumously awarded Silver Star for heroism during Pearl Harbor attack
BUMED PAO
4/2/2018
By any measure, Lt. Cmdr. Hugh Rossman Alexander served valiantly during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941.

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NMCP Nurse’s Make Quilt Honoring Navy Nurse Pioneer’s 98th Birthday
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kris Lindstrom
3/29/2018
Members of the Navy’s Nurse Corps assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) made a quilt for retired Rear Adm. Alene Duerk’s 98th birthday, which is on March 29.

USNS MERCY, PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP MISSION ARRIVE IN INDONESIA
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams
3/29/2018
BENGKULU, Indonesia – U.S. and partner nation service members participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 arrived in Bengkulu, Indonesia aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) March 29.

Congressman Visits Naval Health Research Center

3/27/2018
SAN DIEGO – Rep. Scott Peters, from California’s 52nd district, visited the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to meet with staff and learn more about the only Department of Defense (DoD) medical research laboratory on the West Coast, March 27.

Continuing Promise 2018 Completes Mission Stop in Honduras
By From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kayla Cosby
3/26/2018
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise 2018 (CP-18) team departed Honduras, March 26, after delivering humanitarian aid for the first mission stop of CP-18.

US, UK, Japan Begin Health Engagements in Yap for Pacific Partnership 2018

3/24/2018
YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (NNS) – The Pacific Partnership 2018 medical team from the U.S., United Kingdom and Japan began the first of more than a dozen health engagements in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at Nimgil Clinic and Yap Memorial Hospital, March 22-23.

Now Hear This: A U.S. Navy Audiologist in the Federated States of Micronesia
By Petty Officer 1st Class Byron Linder
3/24/2018
YAP, Federated States of Micronesia – Pacific Partnership, with 2018 marking the 13th iteration of the event, brings together a vast array of military personnel from countries including the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.

Naval Hospital Bremerton Pharmacy ribbon-cutting marks official completion of renovation project
By Douglas Stutz
3/23/2018
Naval Hospital Bremerton’s (NHB) revamped Main Outpatient Pharmacy was officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 23, 2018.

Less is More with PREVENT T2 Program at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/23/2018
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- For Jerry Crowley, deciding to enroll in the PREVENT T2 program has noticeably meant cinching his belt into holes he admits not using in years.

NMOTC Leaders Visit International Healthcare Simulation Meeting
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
3/23/2018
Top leaders from Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) attended the 2018 International Meeting on Simulation Healthcare (IMSH) in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Pacific Partnership 2018 Kicks-Off in Yap
By Lt. Clyde Shavers, CTF73/DESRON 7 Public Affairs
3/22/2018
YAP, Federated States of Micronesia (NNS) - (NNS) -- Pacific Partnership 2018, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness mission, kicked off aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, March 21.

Preventive Medicine, Saving Lives
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brianna K. Green, Continuing Promise Public Affairs
3/22/2018
PUERTO CORTES, Honduras (NNS) -- The ability to shower in a remote campground, or shave every morning in a plastic storage container or walk on dry sand because of proper drainage are all luxuries made possible by the Continuing Promise 2018 (CP18) Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit.

Navy Surgeon General Visits Williamsburg, Yorktown Medical Commands
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Milham
3/21/2018
The visits included all hands calls with the staffs, facility tours, lunch with junior Sailors, and meetings with command leadership. Faison spoke of the commands’ roles in maintaining the health and well-being of Sailors and Marines not only today, but into the future.

Public Health Center Contributes to Community Preventive Services Task Force Annual Report to Congress

3/21/2018
Mr. Bill Calvert, deputy director of the Population Health Directorate at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC), collaborated with the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) to support its 2017 Annual Report to Congress: Providing the Science to Support Military Readiness and Resilience.

USNS Mercy Delivers Medical Supplies to Ulithi Atoll
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
3/20/2018
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Servicemembers assigned to Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) made a brief mission stop, March 20, near Ulithi Atoll, part of the Caroline Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

Certified Nurses Recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/20/2018
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton acknowledged certified nurses for their additional achievements with Certified Nurses Day on March 19, 2018.

NMOTC Holds Leadership Development Symposium
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
3/19/2018
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) finished a three-day meeting at the National Flight Academy on Naval Air Station Pensacola March 8 with top leaders from the command and its detachments.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville changes command
By Yan Kennon
3/16/2018
Capt. David Collins turned over leadership of Naval Hospital Jacksonville (comprised of a hospital and five branch health clinics) to Capt. Matthew Case during a change of command ceremony at the hospital on March 16.

Patient Safety Awareness continues to evolve at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas Stutz
3/16/2018
Naval Hospital Bremerton’s (NHB) annual recognition of National Patient Safety Awareness Week went back in history 65 million years to prove a point.

Governor’s Military Council Visits Navy Medicine’s West Coast Research Lab

3/14/2018
SAN DIEGO – Two members of the California Governor’s Military Council visited the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC), Navy Medicine’s only research lab on the West Coast, to get an overview of the command’s research and development initiatives, March 14.

Brain Injury: Know the Signs
By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
3/14/2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- National Brain Injury Awareness Month is a time to recognize the millions of Americans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related disabilities.

Navy surgeon general strengthens Navy Medicine’s ties with Brazil
By Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara
3/14/2018
Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, met with senior officials and toured Brazilian Navy medical facilities during a visit to Brazil March 11-14.

NAMRU-Dayton Participates in Tri-Service Toxicology Consortium
By Megan Mudersbach
3/12/2018
DAYTON, Ohio -- Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton (NAMRU-D) participated in the bi-annual Tri-Service Toxicology Consortium (TSTC) meeting at the U.S. Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, January 30, 2018.

Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio studies effectiveness of potential snakebite treatments
By David DeKunder
3/7/2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Two researchers at Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston are studying the effectiveness of potential antivenom treatments in improving care for service members with snakebites.

From San Diego to Singapore, Navy Medicine is expanding and strengthening partnerships
By Miguel Alvarez
3/5/2018
Whether rendering first aid at a car crash in Carlsbad, California, or stabilizing a wounded Marine in Karbala, Iraq, pain management from point-of-injury to the hospital, is a priority for both civilian and military emergency medical professionals alike.

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NMCSD: Prevention is key to healthy hearts
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Beaufort
2/28/2018
SAN DIEGO-At the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Cardiology Department, staff wear handmade red fiber hearts on their uniforms daily during the month of February.

Navy Medicine West Receives Highest Rating at SOHME Inspection
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Beaufort
2/26/2018
SAN DIEGO – Navy Medicine West (NMW) received high marks for the Safety and Occupational Health Management Evaluation (SOHME) in the results BUMED released Dec. 21, 2017.

Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville Opens Lactation Suite for Moms
By Cmdr. Vorachai Sribanditmongkol, PhD, RN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, CNS; Officer in Charge, Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville
2/26/2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Branch Health Clinic (NVHC) Jacksonville will host the grand opening of its new lactation suite on Monday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Naval Hospital Pensacola Transitioning to Ambulatory Care Model
By Jason Bortz, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola
2/21/2018
NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Effective July 2018, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) will transition to an ambulatory care model with robust same-day ambulatory surgical capabilities and a focus on outpatient care.

NMCP Again Earns Re-accreditation after The Joint Commission Survey
By Rebecca Perron
2/20/2018
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), along with its seven branch health clinics and two TRICARE Prime Clinics, underwent the rigorous triennial onsite survey from The Joint Commission (TJC) from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, which has resulted in re-accreditation from TJC until 2021.

Navy Medicine draws from the past to outline the future of battlefield medical care
By Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara
2/20/2018
QUANTICO, Va. (NNS) – Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Lt. Gen. Michael Dana, deputy commandant, Installations and Logistics, and Rear Adm. Gayle Shaffer, medical officer of the Marine Corps, co-hosted the 21st Century Battlefield Medical Care Symposium Feb. 14-15 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville opens Micro Market
By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
2/20/2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville opened its new Micro Market just off the hospital's central tower lobby. The Micro Market is the first of its kind at a Navy medical treatment facility (with 24/7 self-checkout).

Navy Medicine East staffer receives San Diego Christian College Alumni of the Year Award
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
2/16/2018
Capt. David Jones; Navy Medicine East’s (NME) senior mental health executive and regional manager for Wounded, Ill and Injured, Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury programs; received the 2016-2017 San Diego Christian College (SDC) Alumni of the Year Award at the Homecoming Alumni of the Year event Feb. 16 in San Diego.

Huntsville woman helps service members, veterans recover through work as a Navy physical therapist
By Airman Helena Owens Naval Health Clinic Charleston Public Affairs
2/15/2018
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — The course of a young Huntsville girl’s life changed dramatically while on a Girl Scout trip on an aircraft carrier. While exploring the ship, this 12-year-old realized she wanted to join the Navy someday.

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