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Navy Leaders Describe Efforts to Resolve Physiological Episodes

12/6/2017
Readiness is our No. 1 priority, and right behind that—our No. 1 safety priority—is solving the physiological episodes,” Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces, told his audience during the convention’s final panel discussion Sept. 9.

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lennon Honored as a 2017 Health Care Hero
By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
12/6/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Jacksonville Business Journal honored Lt. Cmdr. Robert Lennon, a Naval Hospital Jacksonville family medicine physician, as a 2017 Health Care Hero.

Surgeon General outlines Navy Medicine’s future at AMSUS 2017
By Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara
12/5/2017
OXON HILL, Md. (NNS) -- What does the future of Navy Medicine look like? Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, discussed changes in health care during the 126th Annual AMSUS Meeting for federal health professionals at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Hospital Earns Navy Medicine East Sailor of the Year Awards
By Rodney Foushee, Deputy Public Affairs, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
12/5/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Two Naval Hospital Jacksonville sailors have been selected by Navy Medicine East (NME) as Regional Sailors of the Year.

Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville Holds Change of Command
By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
12/5/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Operational Health Support Unit (OHSU) Jacksonville held its change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville's pavilion Dec. 1.

NHCCC CMC Bids Farewell to Ohana
By Bill W. Love, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Public Affairs
12/4/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Command Master Chief (Surface Warfare/Fleet Marine Force) Rikki Lynn Brown bid farewell Dec. 1.

Naval Hospital Bremerton Tree Lighting Ceremony Shines On For Deployers
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
12/4/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) remembered those away from home for the holidays on deployment and those recently returned from oversea assignments with the command's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1.

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Doctors Use Cutting-Edge Research at Navy Hospital
By Shannon Collins
11/30/2017
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2017 — A Defense Department study on the benefits of surfing for patients with post-traumatic stress. A clinical tracking tool used to manage patient care. An advanced electroencephalogram and eye tracker.

US Navy Doctors Bring Medical Care to Amazon
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Brame
11/29/2017
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- U.S. Navy doctors recently embarked aboard the Brazilian Navy hospital ship NAsH Soares de Meirelles (U-21) and began a month-long humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon. These doctors will be working closely with the Brazilian Navy to deliver healthcare to some of the isolated peoples in the world.

Navy Medicine East Names 2017 Regional Sailors Of The Year
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
11/29/2017
Navy Medicine East (NME) announced its annual Regional Sailors of the Year at a ceremony held at River’s Edge Nov. 29.

Navy Medicine East announces headquarters’ 2017 Sailors of the Year
By Tami Begasse
11/28/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Nov. 28, 2017) - Navy Medicine East (NME) announced 2017 Sailors of the Year for its headquarters November 22.

Leaders to discuss Defense Health Agency in AMSUS panel session this week

11/28/2017
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Federal and military health care professionals are gathering this week for AMSUS’s 126th Annual Continuing Education Meeting. The conference runs Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 1 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Leaders from the Defense Health Agency will join Veterans Health Administration and the United States Public Health Service to discuss health readiness.

NMCP's New Warrior Concussion Clinic To Treat Service Members With TBIs
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kris Lindstrom
11/27/2017
Staff from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP), in conjunction with leadership from the naval special warfare (NSW) community, held a ceremony on Nov. 27 to celebrate the official launch of a ground-breaking concussion treatment program delivered through the newly established Warrior Concussion Clinic (WCC).

Protecting the Homefront: Family Advocacy Program Makes Impact
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marlan Sawyer, USS George Washington Public Affairs
11/27/2017
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors that struggle at home don't have to face it alone. It is important to maintain a healthy, happy personal life so it doesn't affect Sailors' performance in the workplace.

Promoting Health Through Mind, Body, Spirit
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jamin Gordon USS George Washington Public Affairs
11/27/2017
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Many times when conversations about improving health come up, it is natural to think about the physical aspect with exercise, but what we put inside our bodies is equally important. From what Sailors eat, drink and smoke are common contributing factors to overall health. It is important to remember that total wellness includes a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Poly Trauma Department Doctors Celebrate 10 Years of Caring for Patients
By Shannon Collins
11/22/2017
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2017 — The Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care, or C5, celebrated its 10th anniversary in October.

Navy Medicine Collects Goods for Victims of Hurricane Irma

11/22/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Centralized Credentials and Privileging Directorate of the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CCPD BUMED), in coordination with the local Knights of Columbus Council in Fleming Island, Florida, helped collect supplies for families affected by Hurricane Irma in early October.

TRICARE Call Centers ready to help Navy Medicine East patients to know the facts about upcoming TRICARE changes
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
11/20/2017
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, significant changes to the TRICARE health plan will go into effect. Navy Medicine East (NME) wants patients to “Take Command” of their health and understand what this means for them.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Recognition a Distinctive Part of Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas Stutz
11/17/2017
When visiting members of the S’Klallam tribe arrived at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) to take part in the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month ceremony held on November 17, 2017, it was almost as if they were back on tribal grounds - which in a way they were.

NMETLC NAMES 2017 Sailor of the Year
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht
11/17/2017
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 17, 2017) — Navy Medicine Education Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) announced Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Patricia Lopez-Cruz, as Sailor of the Year (SOY) for 2017.

Navy Surgeon General visits NHC OH
By Patricia Rose
11/17/2017
OAK HARBOR - Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), visited Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor (NHC OH) on 16 November, taking time to visit with Sailors, Ombudsmen, and tour the facility. Accompanying him was Force Master Chief Hosea Smith.

Gulf Coast MTFs Meet to Discuss Partnerships
By Jason Bortz, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola
11/16/2017
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- In an effort to expand partnerships, the inaugural meeting for medical treatment facilities (MTF) in the Gulf Coast Region was held at Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) on Oct. 8.

Naval Hospital Bremerton Encourages Beneficiaries to 'Take Command: Enroll Now for 2018 TRICARE Coverage'
From Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
11/16/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- There will be a number of changes coming to beneficiaries with their TRICARE benefit. This includes a change to the current TRICARE regions.

Navy Surgeon General Visits Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs Officer
11/16/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- There was one key message the Navy surgeon general shared with doctors, nurses, hospital corpsmen and support staff during an Admiral's Call at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB), and it was "thanks."

NMRC-A Researchers Present Findings on Surveillance Study for Acute Novel Respiratory Infections at ASTMH 2017
From Naval Medical Research Center Public Affairs
11/15/2017
BALTIMORE (NNS) -- Researchers from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center - Asia (NMRC-A) presented findings on a study identifying novel respiratory viruses causing morbidity in people or domestic animals, with the potential to spread to people.

No Blown Smoke for the Great American Smokeout at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
11/15/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- For years Naval Hospital Bremerton's (NHB) tobacco cessation counselor has cut through blown smoke to annually circle the third Thursday of November for the Great American Smokeout.

NMETLC SOY selectees visit USS Lexington
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht
11/15/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI (Nov. 14, 2017) — The five Sailors in the running for Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) Sailor of the Year (SOY) took a tour of USS Lexington (CV 16) Nov. 14.

MHS GENESIS now live at four Pacific Northwest sites
By Flavia Hulsey
11/15/2017
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Hundreds gathered in the medical mall at Madigan Army Medical Center Nov. 15 for the MHS GENESIS Recognition Ceremony to commemorate the deployment of the Department of Defense’s new electronic health record at its four initial fielding sites in the Pacific Northwest.

'The Military Is In My Blood': Balboa Sailor Named 2017 FMF Corpsman of the Year
By Miguel Alvarez
11/15/2017
By the time he graduated Mayfield high school in 1994, Las Cruces, New Mexico native, Phillip Marquez, wanted nothing to do with the military.

NMETLC HQ Selects Top Sailors for 2017
By Larry Coffey
11/13/2017
Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) selected Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF/EXW) Juan Garcia, a lifecycle manager in the NMETLC Curriculum Management Department, as the NMETLC Senior SOY. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) PaulJames Johnson, also an NMETLC lifecycle manager in the Curriculum Management Department, is the Junior SOY.

Sailors of the Year Recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas Stutz
11/11/2017
When Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) determined that a Navy Medicine command could nominate a Sailor of the Year in four categories this year, Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) readily accepted the opportunity to do exactly that.

NMOTC investigates strategies for in-flight physiologic events like hypoxia
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
11/9/2017
PENSACOLA (Nov. 09, 2017) – Navy Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), a detachment of Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC), is host to scientific research using a new technology that could potentially become an early-warning signal to military pilots who are experiencing inflight physiologic events such as hypoxia.

Navy Medicine East acknowledges veterans’ service
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
11/8/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Navy Medicine East (NME) honors its veterans’ patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Comfort and Centro Medico Partner Up
By Seaman Danny Nunez
11/7/2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Surgeons from the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) partnered with oncologists and pathologists from Centro Medico hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to care for a woman with stage four breast cancer this week, performing surgery Oct. 31 onboard Comfort prior to her transfer.

Comfort Replenishes Supplies at Sea to Continue Care
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
11/6/2017
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) replenished its medical supplies, food and other necessities, by connecting with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) while underway off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nov. 6.

Comfort Welcomes Second Baby since Arriving in Puerto Rico
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
11/6/2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) crew welcomed Isaias Valerio-Fonseca, the second baby since arriving in Puerto Rico and the first U.S. male baby born on the ship, Nov. 3.

Now is the Time to Quit Smoking
By Jason Bortz
11/6/2017
According to the American Lung Association, almost half a million people in America die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

2017 Navy Junior Pharmacist of the Year represents Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas Stutz
11/3/2017
For his behind-the-scene daily contributions, steady influence and hard work, Naval Hospital Bremerton’s (NHB) Lt. Sean R. Szad was recently recognized as the 2017 Navy Junior Pharmacist of the Year.

Navy Entomologists Collaborate with International Agencies to Fight Malaria

11/3/2017
The principle tasks of PMI’s malaria reduction efforts include distributing insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying (IRS) and anti-malarial drugs. While the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) oversees the initiative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tasked with providing scientific and technical leadership as well as implementing public health programs vital to stopping malaria.

John C. Stennis Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ikenna Tanaka John C. Stennis Public Affairs
11/2/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) Health Promotions Committee hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Month event in the ship's hangar bay, October 31.

USNS Comfort takes on patients in San Juan
By Seaman Danny Nunez
11/1/2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Docked well in view of the cityscape of San Juan is the hospital ship USNS Comfort ready to help the people of Puerto Rico in any way possible.

Centers of Excellence align under Defense Health Agency
By Heather Marsh
11/1/2017
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) began realignment under the Defense Health Agency Oct. 1 as part of the ongoing Military Health System transformation.

NHCCC Announces Sailors of the Year 2017
By William Love
11/1/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Nov. 1, 2017) - Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi (NHCCC) announced its 2017 Sailors of the Year (SOY), Nov. 1.

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Comfort Provides Mental Health Care to Puerto Rico

10/30/2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– When the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) carries out surgical operations underway, the ship adjusts its course and speed to avoid excessive rocking—but that is only one example of the sophisticated adjustments the crew must make to perform treatments at sea.

Behind the Scenes of Comfort's Microbiology Lab
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
10/30/2017
CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- In the microbiology laboratory, located inside the laboratory division aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), a lone laboratory technician that specializes in biomedical health sits in her scrubs and personal protective equipment, carefully swabbing bacteria taken from patient wounds into bright red, blood agar plates.

Flu Vaccine Helps Protect Family Members and You
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Paul Kotara II, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
10/30/2017
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – With the flu season upon us, Navy Medicine is stressing the importance of medical readiness for Sailors, Marines and their family members this fall.

The evolution of wartime surgery: The first official Navy program for a light-maneuver, surgical team completes its first successful trial underway, augmenting Rushmore’s Medical Department for Dawn Blitz 2017
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Troy Milburn, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE Public Affairs
10/28/2017
The Navy’s first Role 2 Light Maneuver (R2LM) team, Navy Adaptive Trauma Team (NATT) ONE, put their crew to the test in their first exercise with the fleet, integrating with the medical department aboard Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) for Dawn Blitz 2017, completing four successful surgical drills, Oct. 23-28.

Flu Vaccine Now Available for All Including Pregnant Women
By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
10/26/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Flu vaccine is now available for all patients (including pregnant women) at Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville.

Fort Worth Navy Week Opens with Mayor's Proclamation
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan A. Colon
10/26/2017
FORT WORTH, Texas (NNS) -- Fort Worth Navy Week 2017 officially kicked off, Oct. 23, with a mayoral proclamation at Fort Worth's city hall.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville Supports Blue Angels Air Show
By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
10/26/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville play a vital support role in the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Air Show, with medical and emergency management services.

Changes Are Coming to TRICARE: Are You Ready to Take Command of Your Health?
From Naval Hospital Jacksonville
10/26/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Changes are coming to your TRICARE benefits beginning Jan. 1, 2018. These changes will give you more benefit choices, improves your access to care, simplifies cost shares, and allows you to take command of your health.

Public Health Center Health Physicist Honored by the College of William & Mary

10/25/2017
A part of William & Mary’s graduating class of 1971, Karen Ely, along with Lynn Briley and Janet Brown, were the first African American students to take full advantage of the University’s facilities as full-time, undergraduate students.

Navy Medicine Reservists back-fill shore-based positions of personnel aboard Comfort assisting Puerto Rico disaster relief
By Tami Begasse
10/25/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – With more than 750 Navy Medicine personnel from over a dozen shore-based military treatment facilities (MTFs) embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of the U.S. military response to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Navy Reserve physicians, nurses and hospital corpsmen voluntarily stepped up to the plate to temporarily serve in their places within 72 hours after the ship departed Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Naval Hospital Naples encourages patients to clean out their medicine cabinets
By Lt.Cmdr. Willie R Barksdale
10/25/2017
U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples kicked off its Drug Take Back Program October 25 to help its community safely get rid of unused prescriptions.

Top Defense Health Agency R&D Official Visits NHRC

10/25/2017
SAN DIEGO – The Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) acting director for Research and Development, Sean Biggerstaff, got an in-depth look at the work being done at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) to support warfighter health and readiness, Oct. 25.

Process Improvement Fair Puts Commitment to Patient Safety on Display
By Joycelyn Biggs
10/24/2017
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay held a Process Improvement Fair Oct. 19. The event highlighted effective process improvement procedures used to ensure optimum safety during patient care, according to Jasmine Todman, Quality Manager, USNHGB.

Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point Pharmacy First in Navy to offer MedsOnCue Videos
By Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point Public Affairs
10/24/2017
CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) -- Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point's (NHCCP) pharmacy has become the first pharmacy in the Navy to provide patients with on-demand access to prescription-specific videos through MedsOnCue.

Five Things You Need to Know About the New Hospital Corps PQS

10/24/2017
A new Navy Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) developed by Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) becomes mandatory Oct. 1 for Hospital Corps “A” School graduates assigned to a Navy military treatment facility.

Safe Disposal Saves Lives - 14th Annual Prescription DrugTake Back Day is Oct. 28
From 21st Century Sailor Public Affairs
10/23/2017
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Drug Enforcement Agency's 14th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Oct. 28 offers service members and families a safe, anonymous and secure way to help prevent prescription drug misuse by disposing leftover medications properly.

NHGB Prepares for Flu Season with Active Duty Shot Exercise
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr., Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs
10/23/2017
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Naval Station Guantanamo (NSGB) active duty service members participated in an influenza shot exercise sponsored by Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (NHGB) at the Chapel Annex, Oct 10-12.

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