Deputy Surgeon General Visits Medical Commands in Florida
By Larry Coffey, Navy Medicine Support Command Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Navy's deputy surgeon general visited Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC), its Jacksonville-based subordinate commands and detachments, and Naval Hospital Jacksonville Aug. 12-13.
Rear Adm. Karen Flaherty visited the area to discuss support services NMSC and its subordinate commands provide to Navy hospitals, clinics and the fleet, as well as, to tour NMSC's Jacksonville-based commands.
"The breadth of programs and services Support Command offers Navy Medicine is incredible," Flaherty said.
"This is even more obvious when you have the chance to examine the services in detail. Navy Medicine leaders from commanding officers and OICs to BUMED department heads need to put Support Command on speed dial."
NMSC Deputy Chief of Staff Patricia Craddock said that NMSC offers many services that are of great use to the fleet and shore establishment.
"We likely have the capability that people may need and are the right group to give the task to," said Craddock.
NMSC headquarters exercises command and control over its subordinate Navy Medicine mission-specific commands from the echelon 4-7 levels.
NMSC also executes several Navy Medicine programs including Lean Six Sigma, Defense Medical Human Resources System internet (DMHRSi), and the Centralized Credential and Privileging Directorate (CCPD).
Flaherty toured Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC), one of NMSC's eight ASTCs, which are tasked to provide safe and effective aviation survival and human performance training to meet Chief of Naval Operations requirements. The tour demonstrated the training aviators receive during their time at an ASTC.
From ASTC, Flaherty was taken to the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE). Cmdr. George Schoeler, NECE officer In charge, explained NECE's uniqueness within DoD, its global impact, and the professional work performed by NECE's 35 officers, enlisted, civilian and contract personnel.
Flaherty also visited Navy Drug Screening Lab (NDSL), one of three Navy test labs whose mission is to deter illegal drug use by Navy and Marine Corps personnel through accurate and timely forensic drug testing. The tour traced the course taken by each of the million-plus urinalysis specimens received at the laboratory annually.
During an admiral's call with the military and civilian staff of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Flaherty thanked them for the dedicated work to their patients and family members.
"We must always remember that Navy Medicine's number-one covenant is to take care of each other," said Flaherty. "I'm just five days into my new role at BUMED and I am pleased, honored, and humbled to work with all of you."
Flaherty's visit to the naval hospital included the facility's new 62,000 square-foot addition, which features state-of-the-art equipment to vastly enhance patient care at the hospital. The new wing includes six operating rooms with fully integrated monitoring equipment as well as a floor devoted to physical and occupational therapy. The admiral observed the aquatic treadmill in use, which enhances the hospital staff's care of the nation's wounded warriors.