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collapse Year: 2017
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Navy Medicine Welcomes New Force Master Chief
By Mariah Felipe, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
3/27/2017
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Force Master Chief (FORCM) Hosea Smith Jr. relieved FORCM Terry J. Prince as Navy Medicine's force master chief and director of the Hospital Corps during a change of charge ceremony at the Defense Health Headquarters March 24.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness - Because the Life You Save May Be Your Own
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/27/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Marcie West understands the significance of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

NHCP Nationally Recognized for Family Medicine Residency Program
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Yasmine T. Muhammad, NHCP Public Affairs
3/24/2017
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton's (NHCP) Family Medicine Residency program produces some of Navy Medicine's best family medicine doctors.

NME Announces Regional Continuous Process Improvement Fair Winners
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher, Navy Medicine East Public Affairs
3/24/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va (NNS) -- Navy Medicine East announced winners of its 2017 Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Fair at the NME Collaborative Quality Council meeting, March 22.

NHTP Patient Safety Week Activities Lead to Culture of High Reliability
By Dave Marks, NHTP Public Affairs Officer
3/24/2017
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms observed Patient-Safety Week March 20-24.

NMCP Radiology Staff Assists Veterinarians, Military Working Dogs with Imaging
By Rebecca A. Perron, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
3/23/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- While the Norfolk Naval Station Veterinary Activity (VETAC) provides state-of-the art care for the region's Military Working Dogs, sometimes these dogs need advanced imaging such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), capabilities not available at the vet clinic.

Corpus Christi Patient Advocacy Center Enhances Patient Experience
By Bill W. Love, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Public Affairs
3/22/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- With a quick snip of the scissors, Capt. Guido F. Valdes, commanding officer, and Lt. Cmdr. Eric Miller, director, Healthcare Business, inaugurated the Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Corpus Christi Patient Advocacy Center (PAC), March 17.

Navy Week Kicks Off in Austin
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Southeast
3/21/2017
AUSTIN, Texas (NNS) -- Navy Week Austin began March 18 as U.S. Navy Sailors arrived with plans to spend the week interacting with the people, local businesses, and leaders of the city at numerous events and availabilities.

NMCP Offers ASIST Training
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Terah L. Bryant, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
3/21/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course is one of many tools the Navy uses to promote suicide prevention, and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth wants to train as many people as possible.

Naval Health Clinic New England Observes Patient Safety Awareness Week
By Kathy MacKnight, Naval Health Clinic New England Public Affairs
3/20/2017
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The week of March 12-18 has been a week of daily events in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week at Naval Health Clinic New England (NHCNE).

USNS Fall River Makes Goodwill Visit to Myanmar
From Task Force 73 Public Affairs
3/20/2017
YANGON, Myanmar (NNS) -- Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) is slated to make make a goodwill visit to Yangon, Myanmar, March 21-25.

Branch Health Clinic Bangor Personal Reliability Program Receives Navy Best Practice Recognition
By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/20/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton's Branch Health Clinic (BHC) Bangor Personal Reliability Program (PRP) was recognized as one of the Navy's Best Practice in 2016.

Certified Nurse Day Celebration held at Naval Hospital Bremerton

3/20/2017
Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) celebrated Certified Nurses Day by honoring the dedication and care-enhancing efforts of board certified nurses on March 20, 2017.

Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability Recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/17/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) is a recipient of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for fiscal year 2016.

USNH Yokosuka’s ‘Room of Errors’ highlights National Patient Safety Week
By Gregory Mitchell
3/17/2017
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Organized by the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka’s Nursing Services, the 'The Room of Errors' was featured in the facility during National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2016.

Public Health Center Attends Subs in Space Workshop
From Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Public Affairs
3/16/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Staff members of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) participated in the Subs in Space II Workshop at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, and the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), Las Cruces, New Mexico, Feb. 27-March 3.

Patient Safety Begins, Ends with Each of Us
By Jason Bortz, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola
3/16/2017
NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) strives every day to provide a safe environment for its beneficiaries and to ensure they receive the best care possible.

1-8 medics, Navy Corpsmen bring combat lifesaver training to Romanian cadets
By 1st Lt. Samuel Jolley, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Public Affairs, 4th Infantry Division
3/16/2017
CONSTANTA, Romania – U.S. Army medics and Navy Corpsmen teamed up to share their first-aid knowledge with 45 cadets at the Romanian Constanta Naval Academy during a two-day combat lifesaver course on March 12-13.

NAMI Hyperbaric Medicine Receives Prestigious Accreditation
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Clutter, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center
3/16/2017
While it’s worth noting that the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Navy Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) passed its most recent recertification on March 6-8, it comes on the heels of a far more significant achievement.

Pacific Partnership 2017 Shifts Focuses To Humanitarian Aide/Disaster Relief
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
3/14/2017
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (NNS) -- Members of the United States armed forces and Sri Lankan Air Force and Navy exchanged best practices and lessons learned during a first-ever, bilateral Humanitarian Aide/Disaster Relief Symposium during a critical Pacific Partnership 2017 Sri Lanka evolution at the Magam Ruhunupura International Convention Center in Hambantota, Sri Lanka March 13.

Weeding out Germs during Patient Safety Awareness Week at Naval Hospital Bremerton
By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
3/14/2017
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- There's a germ - or two - that are just dying to meet you. And you. And you.

NEPMU 2 Increases Honduran Capacity through KETs
By Susanna Marquardt, Navy Public Affairs Support Element - East
3/11/2017
TRUJILLO, Honduras—Sailors from Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 2 used knowledge exchange and training events (KET) to help build partner nation capacity during Continuing Promise 2017’s (CP-17) visit to Trujillo, Honduras.

NME challenges everyone to “Think Ahead” of brain injuries – an all-ages threat
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher, Navy Medicine East
3/10/2017
March is Brain Injury Awareness month. Navy Medicine East staff and its health care facilities across the eastern hemisphere are encouraging the Navy and Marine Corps family to Think Ahead: Be safe. Know the signs. Get help, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center theme for 2017.

PP17 Hosts International Discussion to Advance Gender Equality
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton, Pacific Partnership Public Affairs
3/10/2017
MATARA, Sri Lanka (NNS) -- Representatives from Sri Lanka, Japan, Australia, the United States and United Nations joined Sri Lankan civic leaders in Matara, Sri Lanka, to attend the Pacific Partnership 2017 (PP17) Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Discussion, March 9.

Recruit Training Command Sailors help Girl Scouts earn first-aid badge
By GSEC Seth Schaeffer, RTC Public Affairs
3/10/2017
GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Recruit Division Commanders from Recruit Training Command volunteered with Girl Scouts Brownie Troops Service Unit 415, Feb. 10, in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

HELP Telemedicine Program Proves Increased Success after Recent Review
By Rebecca A. Perron, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
3/9/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- When the HELP telemedicine system went live in 2014, the program's administrators knew it would take time for word to spread about the availability of a consult with a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth specialist at the click of a mouse.

CP-17 to Test New Technology
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy, Continuing Promise Public Affairs
3/9/2017
TRUJILLO, Honduras (NNS) -- Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) will participate in the advanced testing phase of a web-based tool which will assist in the development of future cooperative health engagement (CHE) missions.

Against all odds, ADAL EX maintains dental readiness in the field
By Lance Cpl. Juan A. Soto-Delgado
3/8/2017
Needles and medical gauze are laid in a neat, fashioned order on a table as sailors from 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group prepare for an arduous, long day in the field as part of the Authorized Dental Allowance List exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 7, 2017. The exercise consisted of sailors performing dental exams, dental operations and sterilizing equipment in a field environment where supplies are limited and the environment is chaotic.

NMOTC Announces Civilian of the Year
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
3/8/2017
Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) announced today the selection of the command Civilian of the Year (COY), who was chosen from among COYs from 16 NMOTC commands, detachments and units spread across the nation.

A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Medical Corps 146th Birthday
Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison III
3/6/2017
On behalf of the entire Navy Medicine family, it is my privilege and honor to congratulate our Navy Medical Corps as they celebrate 146 years of service, providing the very best care our nation can offer to those who have sacrificed to defend our freedom.

Remembering the War Dispensary, the Forerunner of Naval Medical Center San Diego
By André B. Sobocinski, historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
3/6/2017
One-hundred years ago, the U.S. Navy moved to the vacated grounds of the Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park to establish a training camp for Sailors destined for the “Great War.”

From Seaman Recruit to Captain
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher, Navy Medicine East Public Affairs
3/6/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- After 31 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Capt. Douglas E. Stephens, deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, Navy Medicine East, was promoted aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), March 4.

Preventive Medicine Unit Staff Tours Hampton University Museum in Honor of African-American History Month
From Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 2 Public Affairs
3/6/2017
HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- Staff from the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 2 visited the Hampton University Museum to honor African-American history, Feb. 24.

Wearing a Helmet Can 'Protect Your Grape'
By Jason Bortz, Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs
3/6/2017
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 26,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency departments annually for traumatic brain injury (TBI).

NMOTC Spirit Committee Brings Together Sailors, Civilians
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael J. Lieberknecht, Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Public Affairs
3/6/2017
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A group of Sailors and civilians at Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) held a Mardi Gras potluck, Feb. 28, as part of an ongoing effort to foster strong relations in the workplace.

NHCP Sailor Chosen to be MSC Officer
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Yasmine T. Muhammad, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Public Affairs
3/5/2017
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton's own Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Ahner, NHCP's Pharmacy Department leading petty officer, was recently selected to participate in the Navy's Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program.

TRICARE® Online Patient Portal Improves User Experience
From Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
3/3/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- TRICARE Online (TOL) Patient Portal will make access easier and quicker for site users, according to Defense Health Agency (DHA) officials.

Navy Medicine Instructors Conduct STEM Tour For High School Students
By Petty Officer 1st Class Jacquelyn Childs
3/2/2017
SAN ANTONIO – Students from a local high school toured several spaces of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) on Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston, Texas, March 2 as part of an ongoing partnership with Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC).

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NHC Corpus Christi Earns Retention Excellence Award
By William Love, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas
2/23/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A yellow pennant signifying the Fiscal Year (FY) 16 Retention Excellence Award (REA) was hoisted to the top of the flagpole at Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Corpus Christi Feb. 23.

NMCP Honors Black History Icons
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Johnson, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
2/17/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth's (NMCP) Diversity Committee celebrated Black History Month Feb. 15 with a ceremony held in the command auditorium.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens Naval Dosimetry Center's New Location
By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Annie Martin, Naval Dosimetry Center Public Affairs
2/17/2017
BETHESDA, Md. (NNS) -- The Naval Dosimetry Center (NDC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of their new location at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda, Feb. 16.

NEPMU 2 Exchanges Knowledge with Ministry of Public Health in Guatemala
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady, Expeditionary Combat Camera
2/16/2017
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 2 conducted a mosquito surveillance and familiarization knowledge exchange and training (KET) with the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health, Feb. 6-7, in support of Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17).

2nd Medical Bn keeps more than knowledge alive
By Lance Cpl. Ashley Lawson, II Marine Expeditionary Force
2/14/2017
An open field where injured dummies lie was suddenly crowded as the recorded sound of a bomb reached the eardrums of corpsmen on a patrol nearby during a training exercise. With quick, sharp looks and a feeling of urgency, they each rushed to a wounded “Marine” to save their brothers’ lives.

Keeping the Doctor Healthy
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Terah L. Bryant, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
2/13/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Medical Corps Professional Development Team at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth led a panel discussion about provider burnout Jan. 26.

NMCP Corpsman Steps Closer to Lifelong Goal
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Johnson, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
2/13/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) will soon be losing the leading petty officer of the ambulatory surgery center. Even though it's a loss to the center, it's a gain for the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

NMCP Asks All to Have a Heart, Become a Donor
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Johnson, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
2/13/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Valentine's Day is the day of the year most people show love and affection they have for the special people in their lives.

Preventive Medicine Unit Hosts Outbreak Investigation Workshop during CP-17
Courtesy Story
2/12/2017
The workshop is one of several public health knowledge exchanges hosted by NEPMU-2 Sailors currently deployed in support of CP-17, a three-month, civil-military operation conducting humanitarian assistance, knowledge exchange and training engagements, and medical, dental and veterinary support in Central and South America.

Navy Surgeon General Travel Log: San Antonio
Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison III
2/10/2017
Shipmates, Last week, I had the opportunity to visit San Antonio, also known as ‘Military City USA’, alongside Force Master Chief Terry Prince.

Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine
By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
2/10/2017
1. African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.

I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maya G. Francis
By Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maya G. Francis
2/9/2017
I grew up in Mansfield, a small town in Ohio about two hours in between Cincinnati and Cleveland; it’s one of those places you love and call home, but as a teenager you can’t wait to leave.

I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Carlos RangelMejia
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Gretchen M. Albrecht, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
2/9/2017
Dedication and diligence are words used to describe the work ethic and mentality of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Carlos RangelMejia, who achieved a career milestone Jan. 30 when he was selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP).

NMETLC Selects Top Sailors for 1st Quarter FY17
By Larry Coffey, NMETLC PAO
2/8/2017
SAN ANTONIO – Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) announced Feb. 8 during an all hands event the selection of the headquarters Junior and Senior Sailors of the Quarter (SOQ) for the Fiscal Year 2017 first quarter.

Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Announces Sailors of the Quarter
By William Love, Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi Public Affairs
2/7/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Corpus Christi announced Sailors of the Quarter (SOQ) for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, Jan. 30.

Naval Health Clinic Charleston Sailors Provide Care at Home, Abroad
From Naval Health Clinic Charleston Public Affairs
2/7/2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Naval Health Clinic Charleston at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, are trained and ready to provide world-class care anywhere, any time.

Navy Medicine Launches New Mobile App for Sailors, Marines, Families
From U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
2/6/2017
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Navy Medicine announced the launch of a new enterprise-wide mobile app for Sailors, Marines, and their families, Feb. 6.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville Again Receives Highest-Level Quality Recognition
By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
2/6/2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) again awarded Naval Hospital Jacksonville with Patient-Centered Medical Home Level III Recognition in January.

Medical Service Corps holds annual symposium
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephane Belcher
2/6/2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Wearing her hat as the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s director, Medical Service Corps (MSC), Rear Adm. Anne M. Swap, who is also the commander of Navy Medicine East (NME), spoke at the annual Medical Service Corps (MSC) Specialty Leader Symposium Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

Guatemala Hosts Opening Ceremony for Continuing Promise 2017
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy, Continuing Promise 2017 Public Affairs
2/6/2017
PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (NNS) -- An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the arrival of the humanitarian mission Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17), Feb. 2, at its main medical site in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

I Am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Shasta M. Campbell: Setting goals and moving forward
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Gretchen M. Albrecht Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
2/6/2017
Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) recognized Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Shasta M. Campbell as the Junior Sailor of the 1st Quarter for Fiscal Year 2017.

Battlefield Acupuncture Introduced at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi
By William Love
2/3/2017
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Eleven doctors and nurses learned how to reduce pain with semi-permanent needles during the first Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) training at Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Corpus Christi Jan. 27.

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