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Cherry Point Clinic Celebrates 56 Years of Keeping the Warfighter in the Fight

01 July 2024

From Thomas Cieslak

The first week of July, 2024 Sailors and staff of Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point celebrate 56
The first week of July, 2024 Sailors and staff of Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point celebrate 56 years of the clinic’s role in the readiness of Marines serving in eastern North Carolina and the wellness of their families and nearby communities.

On July 1, 1968, the dispensary aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was formally commissioned as a Naval Hospital. The hospital would remain fully operational for the next 42 years until October 2, 1994 when patient care began October 1, 1994 in the newly built facility that would become Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point.

The hospital’s original officer staffing included nine Medical Corps with three augmentees, one Dental Corps, five Medical Service Corps and nine Nurse Corps.

Enlisted staffing included 44 Hospital Corpsmen with four augmentees and 17 Civil Service Employees.

Navy Captain Anthony Rush, a Medical Corps Officer, assumed command of the hospital on July 1, 1968. He served as the commander until July 30, 1973. Dr. Rush received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Wayne State Medical School in Detroit Michigan and served in various roles in the Navy and Marine Corps, to include Staff Medical Officer of the 2nd Marine Air Wing and Senior Medical officer of MCAS Cherry Point.

Story originally posted on DVIDS: Cherry Point Clinic Celebrates 56 Years of Keeping the Warfighter in the Fight 

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