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10/16/2013 - NMCSD Doctors Help Vietnam Burn Victims
SAN DIEGO – Six Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) physicians traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam in mid-August as a follow-up to Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12). 

10/02/2013 - NMCSD Proves Quality, Safe Health Care
SAN DIEGO - The Joint Commission (JC) officially confirmed Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) re-accreditation for the customary 36-month cycle on Sept.18. Additionally, the Medical Inspector General (MEDIG) also provided its official approval report regarding NMCSD’s compliance to the Department of the Navy (DON), Department of Defense (DOD) and the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) programs on Aug. 19, 2013. Both the JC survey and MEDIG were conducted July 15-19, 2013. 

09/23/2013 - NMCSD Emphasizes Importance of Suicide Awareness Month
SAN DIEGO - Every year September is recognized as National Suicide Awareness Month. Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) offers various resources to help Sailors and staff manage stress, depression, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety or emotions that may contribute to suicidal thoughts or behaviors. 

09/05/2013 - NAVY REUNITES BROTHER AND SISTER AFTER 30 YEARS
SAN DIEGO – The term "Navy family" took on a whole new meaning for two Sailors serving less than 320 miles apart. Cmdr. Cindy Murray, a senior nursing officer assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)'s Military Health Center, was separated at the age of eight from her brother Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Robert Williamson assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., says, "I remember holding him in my arms when he was just a tiny baby." 

08/20/2013 - NMCSD DEFY WRAPS UP SUMMER CAMP
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) program completed its Phase I "Summer Camp" Aug. 2 

08/14/2013 - DOGS, DUTY, AND DEDICATION: MEET NMCSD'S DEPUTY COMMANDER

SAN DIEGO – She exudes a soft-spoken persona that belies the passions within: her dogs, her father, the military, and last but not least, Navy medicine. Since her arrival at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) in July, Capt. (Dr.) Lisa Mulligan has made it clear she can achieve anything she sets her mind to, be it personal or professional…and she’s passionate about paying it forward to the nearly 6,500 personnel in her charge.

07/03/2013 - NMCSD WOUNDED WARRIORS REACH FOR SUCCESS

SAN DIEGO - For the first time, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) has hired three new employees through Navy Medicine's Reintegrate, Educate and Advance Combatants in Healthcare (REACH) program June 2013. REACH is a mentorship program designed to help wounded, ill and injured service members recovering at military treatment facilities like NMCSD develop the skills they need for various careers in the health care industry.

06/21/2013 - NMCSD UNVEILS TELE-ICU

SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) debuted a new video teleconferencing system to consult Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP) staff on critically-ill patients May 28, with the first telemedicine patient encounter occurring May 30. The TeleCritical Care Unit (TCCU) enables NMCSD Intensive Care Unit (ICU) physicians to make ‘virtual rounds’ remotely to NHCP’s most critically-ill patients.

06/14/2013 - NMCSD GRADUATES 177 INTERNS, RESIDENTS, FELLOWS

SAN DIEGO – The Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Professional Education Class of 2013 graduated 177 interns, residents and fellows during a ceremony at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park June 6. NMCSD’s Graduate Professional Education (GPE) program consists of 26 different specialties to include pediatrics, orthopedics, emergency medicine and others, ranging from one to six years in length.

05/10/2013 - NMCSD OPENS NEW CLINIC IN RANCHO BERNARDO

SAN DIEGO -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of one of its newest clinics during a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 15. Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Rancho Bernardo is poised to continue the hospital's legacy of providing top-notch care to our nation's heroes and those who stand by them.

05/03/2013 - NMCSD DOCTOR NAMED 2012 NAVY JUNIOR OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR

SAN DIEGO -- A Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) doctor was awarded the Stanley H. Freed Navy Junior Optometrist of the Year 2012, Apr. 9. Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Tyler Miles, a research director and clinical optometric liaison for NMCSD’s Refractive Surgery Center, was nominated by Cmdr. (Dr.) Rick Zeber, executive officer, Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity in Virginia, for his leadership and role in researching and conducting clinical trials in 2012, as well as for his accomplishments as an outstanding leader, clinician and administrator of Navy Optometry.

04/26/2013 - NMCSD OPENS NEW CLINIC IN EASTLAKE

SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is scheduled to commemorate the grand opening of one of its newest clinics during a ribbon cutting ceremony Apr. 30. Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Eastlake is poised to continue the hospital’s legacy of providing top-notch care to our nation’s heroes and those who stand by them. "I am truly honored and proud to introduce our patients to Naval Medical Center San Diego's newest addition, Branch Health Clinic Eastlake. We are excited to expand the quality health care our families currently receive and provide them additional convenient options for their health care needs,” said Commander, NMCSD and Navy Medicine West, Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III.

04/25/2013 - NMCSD PARTICIPATES IN LATEST PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is scheduled to facilitate its latest Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Apr. 27, 2013 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to the DEA website, this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that are kept in homes past the expiration date are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. NMCSD's Prescription Drug Take Back Day offers the military community an opportunity to prevent drug abuse by turning in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to a local drop-off site.

04/22/2013 - FOUR MORE NMCSD CLINICS RECEIVE NCQA LEVEL III CERTIFICATION FOR MEDICAL HOME PORT

SAN DIEGO – Four Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) clinics have been awarded the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level III certification, the highest recognition medical facilities can receive from the NCQA, for Medical Home Port (MHP). Naval Branch Health Clinics (NBHC) Chula Vista, East County, Miramar and Naval Training Center (NTC) add to the existing two NMCSD clinics previously recognized (NBHC Kearny Mesa and NMCSD’s Internal Medicine clinics, the first two clinics in the NMCSD enterprise to obtain Level III certification) for practicing MHPs at the highest level, according to Capt. (Dr.) Joe Aquilina, Director of Branch Clinics.

04/17/2013 - NMCSD PROVIDES PRE-DEPLOYMENT TRAUMA TRAINING TO FLEET SURGICAL TEAM FIVE

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) Medical & Surgical Simulation Center/Bioskills Training Center (MSSC/BTC) provided operational trauma training for Expeditionary Strike Group 5's Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 5 Apr. 11. This inaugural two-week fleet surgical team pre-deployment trauma training course is designed for participants to learn to work together as a unit when treating patients in a high-stress, traumatic situation, such as a Sailor blinded by a flight deck explosion, or a Marine who, moments earlier, had a leg blown off by a land mine.

03/28/2013 - NMCSD'S INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC PROVIDES QUALITY CARE

SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Inpatient Mental Health Clinic has passed its first inspection by the County of San Diego since the county’s revamp of its inspection procedures.Personnel from the county’s Health and Human Services Agency’s Behavioral Health Services Division and the Jewish Family Service Patient Advocacy Program conducted a walkthrough of 1 North, the 24-bed inpatient ward.

03/14/2013 - NMCSD LIEUTENANT SELECTED AS JUNIOR PSYCHOLOGIST OF THE YEAR

SAN DIEGO – People talk. A football coach gives a pep talk before a game to motivate his players. A college student explains to her parents the reasons why she decided to major in dance. A math teacher explains how to solve an equation to his class. A medical provider explains a treatment plan to her patient. Each day, human beings around the world interact. These conversations may uplift, enlighten, educate, or inform.

03/05/2013 - NMCSD’S SAILORS STAY SHIP SHAPE

SAN DIEGO – Sailors assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) participated in a three-day fitness workshop Feb. 25 to 27, conducted by the Health and Wellness department to help them stay mission ready year-round as well as prepare them for the upcoming physical readiness test (PRT). “This program [was] started for the simple reason of [providing] health education to active duty members, educating them about the resources we provide at the Health and Wellness department,” said NMCSD’s Command Fitness Leader, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Aubrey Matthews.

03/04/2013 - NMCSD SURGICAL STAFF PERFORM GROUNDBREAKING PRENATAL SURGERY

SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) performed a revolutionary medical procedure known as Ex-utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) Feb. 27. An EXIT procedure is performed for a fetus at critical risk for airway obstruction at birth. The goal of the procedure is to secure an airway for the fetus to allow routine neonatal resuscitation afterward.

03/04/2013 - NMCSD SURGICAL STAFF PERFORM GROUNDBREAKING PRENATAL SURGERY

SAN DIEGO – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) performed a revolutionary medical procedure known as Ex-utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) Feb. 27. An EXIT procedure is performed for a fetus at critical risk for airway obstruction at birth. The goal of the procedure is to secure an airway for the fetus to allow routine neonatal resuscitation afterward.

03/01/2013 - WOUNDED WARRIORS PARTICIPATE IN HUNTING AND FISHING CAMP

SANTA YSABEL, Calif. -- The San Diego chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), in cooperation with the Armed Services YMCA, hosted a hunting and fishing training event for wounded, ill and injured service members from Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) at Lake Henshaw Resort, Feb. 23. The excursion provided an opportunity for participants to engage in mutually-enjoyable activities, foster camaraderie and teamwork, and also allowed veterans of yesterday and today to meet and share their military experiences.

02/25/2013 - COMMANDER, NMCSD AND NMW DISCUSSES WARRIOR CARE AT SDMAC BREAKFAST

SAN DIEGO – Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) and Navy Medicine West, discussed wartime care of wounded, ill and injured service members as the keynote speaker during the San Diego Military Advisory Council’s (SDMAC) monthly breakfast, onboard Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, Feb. 20.

02/22/2013 - NMCSD’S SMALLEST BABY GOES HOME

SAN DIEGO – The birth and homecoming of a baby is always a very special time for any family, but for one couple whose son spent more than 126 days (a little more than four months) in Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), taking him home for the first time on Valentine’s Day made his discharge even better.

02/14/2013 - HEAR TO HELP

Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Paula Johnston, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Division Officer for Occupational Audiology, was selected as the 2012 Military Audiologist of the Year on Feb. 7, and is scheduled to be presented a command coin and congratulatory letter written by Rear Adm. Terry J. Moulton, 17th chief of the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, later this month.

02/11/2013 - NMCSD DOC SHAPES THE FUTURE OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

SAN DIEGO – Cmdr. (Dr.) Michael Matteucci, Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, is being recognized for his contributions to shaping the future of emergency medical care. He has been selected as the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association’s (AAEM/RSA) 2013 Program Director of the Year. Matteucci will be presented with the award during the 19th Annual Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 9-13.

02/01/2013 - NMCSD SAILORS RECEIVE AWARD

SAN DIEGO – Five Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) staff members were recognized for their outstanding performance during the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)/U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) 2013 Western Conference and Exhibition (West 2013) at the San Diego Convention Center Jan. 31.

01/23/2013 - NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) commemorated its 25th anniversary in celebration of the hospital's dedication (Jan. 23, 1988) and official opening (Jan. 30, 1988) at the hospital's flagpole Jan. 23. The event included the parading of colors by NMCSD's command color guard, a musical performance by Navy Band Southwest, and a ceremonial cake-cutting honoring the oldest staff member, Capt. Dick Turner, Nurse Corps from NMCSD's Multi-Service Market Office, who was commissioned in 1974, and the youngest staff member, Hospitalman Recruit Madison Cowden, who joined the Navy July 2012.

01/17/2013 - NMCSD UNVEILS INTERNAL MEDICINE CLINIC RENOVATIONS

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) unveiled upgrades to its Internal Medicine clinic during a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 16. More than 50 rooms in the clinic were renovated to include new furniture, paint, decorations and other key factors to improve patient care to beneficiaries. The renovation project was given a one-year deadline but was completed ahead of schedule in 10 months with a budget of $2.1 million.

01/10/2013 - VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPIES OFFERED AT NMCSD

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) began offering virtual colonoscopies, better known as computed tomography (CT) colonography, to its patients in November 2012. CT colonography applies CT scanning techniques to examine the interior of the colon. It uses a rotating beam of x-rays and detectors placed at various angles to obtain cross-sectional images. This computerized analysis converts the images into detailed three-dimensional pictures of the inside of the colon.

01/02/2013 - NMCSD WELCOMES FIRST BABY OF 2013

SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) commemorated the first day of the New Year by welcoming the first baby born in 2013. Proud parents Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jasmine Santee and her husband retired Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Robert Rhodes welcomed Briar Rhodes born at 12:12 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches in length. Jasmine is stationed at Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest on Naval Air Station North Island and both parents are California natives.