By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer
SAN DIEGO – Hospitalman Raphael L. Corley, a Naval Base San Diego Branch Medical Clinic (BMCSD) vaccination technician, administers a purified protein derivative (PPD) to test for tuberculosis to Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jon J. Rugenstein assigned to the Rawhides of Fleet Logistical Support Squadron (VRC-40). BMCSD and Naval Mobilization Processing Site are the final stops for medical and administrative assessment before active duty, reserves and Department of Defense civilians are deployed and are also processed upon return from deployment. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer / HIPAA Released)
SAN DIEGO – Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jorge L. Santiago, from Naval Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) (center) assists Hospitalman Carl K. Hays with his fitting for his desert camouflage uniform prior to deploying to an Afloat Surgical Team based out of Bahrain. NMPS is the final stop for administrative and medical assessment before active duty, reserves and Department of Defense civilians are deployed. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer / Released)
SAN DIEGO – Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Tiffaney L. Pitterman browses through rows of desert combat boots to find her size at the Naval Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) prior to deploying as an Individual Augmentee to the Horn of Africa Djibouti, NMPS is the final stop for administrative and medical assessment before active duty, reserves and Department of Defense civilians are deployed. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer / Released)
SAN DIEGO (January 19, 2010) – Branch Medical Clinic San Diego (BMCSD) located on Naval Base San Diego, regularly supports active duty, reserve and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians that are deploying to or returning from various parts of the world.
BMCSD works alongside Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) using United States Central Command Modification Nine (USCENTCOM MOD 9) as a the standard for deployment medical readiness, to include reviewing medical records to ensure vaccinations and dental exams are current and servicemembers are within height and weight standards before they are deemed fit to deploy.
In 2009 BMCSD processed more than 3,600 personnel who deployed or retuned from deployment. BMCSD works directly with the only NMPS site on the Western Pacific. Every person that deploys on the West Coast, active, reserve or DoD personnel, are immediately screened through BMCSD, to include personnel from all over the Western Pacific as far as Hawaii and Japan.
BMCSD is only one of four deployment processing centers in the United States; which provides quality, thorough and expeditious medical care to those going through the final stages of the deployment process and also addresses any problems that may arise for those members returning from deployment.
Each patient’s medical record is reviewed several times to ensure that the member is deemed physically and mentally ready for the demands of a deployment.
“Any Sailor or civilian deploying should work to maintain their deployment readiness and stay within the mandated requirements. Mobilization readiness is paramount because any person that is active duty or reserve forces can be called to deploy,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Rafael A. Rodriguez, Senior Enlisted Leader for NMPS.
BMCSD relies on the medical staff’s expertise to decide whether or not a person is qualified to deploy.
“It’s not just a matter of sending a body over to fill a spot. Those deploying are relieving a watch and helping bring someone home,” said Rodriguez.
According to Cmdr. Barbara J. Kincade, BMCSD Branch Head, addressing the medical needs of those returning from deployment is vital. BMCSD ensures that service members who were injured physically, acquired an illness while deployed or have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder are returned to their parent commands healthy or with their medical needs documented for further treatment.
“We have to know that each and every person that we push forward to deploy is medically fit,” said Kincade. “As someone who is deploying soon, I want to ensure that I am well equipped to deploy and that I am medically ready to face the demands that I will face.”
With a staff of approximately 90 active duty military personnel, BMCSD recorded more than 122,500 patient visits from staff, students, Transient Personnel Unit (TPU) and beneficiaries in 2009, many of those patients return for multiple appointments.
Sailors can now review their own Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) medical and dental data from the Medical Readiness Reporting System (MRRS) via BUPERS Online (BOL). IMR status determines if a Sailor is medically eligible to deploy.
To review medical readiness status, go to https://www.bol.navy.mil and select the IMR Status link under the BOL Application Menu.