By NHCP Public Affairs
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, toured Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Oct. 18 while visiting various commands on the west coast.
While visiting, Nathan met with sailors and staff members and toured the hospital’s Physical Therapy and Family Medicine Departments. He also conducted two Admiral’s Calls. During the Admiral’s Calls, Nathan addressed his vision for Navy Medicine to include medical readiness, the value of U.S. Navy health care, and joint service opportunities. He discussed current military and Navy Medicine issues concerning staff members. “Never under estimate the capability you bring,” said Nathan. “You are changing people’s lives.”
Nathan told the audience he was very proud of his Navy Medicine team. “When I go to these places, I talk to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Naval Operations and ask them if there is anything they want me to say to the troops,” said Nathan. “Yes. Let them know how proud we are. Let them know how grateful we are. Let them know that the reason we keep coming to work every day is because we’ve got folks like you, who are doing the heavy lifting and doing the hard charging and living your lives by great example. I bring that from our military’s leadership.” The Surgeon General also had lunch with the civilians and Sailors of the year and quarter as well as their supervisors.
“It seems like he really appreciates our work,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Angelo Catindig, the hospital’s Senior Sailor of the Quarter assigned to the 21 Area Branch Health Clinic. “He seems very engaged and concerned with everything that happens in our hospital. It was good to see him recognize us for all of our hard work.”