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USNS Mercy Recognized for Pacific Partnership Mission
By Sarah Burford
Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) was presented with the United Seamen’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Special Recognition plaque during a ceremony at the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, Nov. 2

The Gift of Sight
By By Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Kris R. Lindstrom,
ESMERALDAS, ECUADOR (NNS) -- Wheels from the gurney screeched down a dimly lit corridor in route to the operation room. On the gurney, an older man lay nervous and eager as he anticipates a life changing surgery that will restore one of his senses that was taken away from him; his sight.

IDC from 22 NCR Leads Training with Navy Corpsman, Norwegians
By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeffrey J. Pierce, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs
HELL, Norway (NNS) -- Chief Hospital Corpsman Michael Winkle, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment’s (22 NCR) Senior Medical Department Representative has led the way for medical support on Camp Frigaard, Norway during Exercise Trident Juncture 18.

An 8 Year-Old’s Return to Comfort

PAITA, Peru (Nov 6, 2018) – Distant footsteps lightly echo through the empty passageway. Two figures of different height walk briskly through the hall toward a heavy steel door labeled “General Surgery: Authorized Personnel Only.” Attached at the hand, the smaller of the two, stops abruptly pulling his mother to a halt.

Navy and VA Partnership to Improve Veteran Health and Maintain Navy Surgeons’ Readiness
By Regena Kowitz
In a joint initiative to improve access to care for San Diego veterans and sustain the clinical skills of active duty Navy orthopedic surgeons, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP) and the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) are partnering to provide total joint surgeries, Navy Medicine West (NMW) announced today.

By Christina Clarke
After over 33 years of service in the United States Navy, Commander Romeo T. Tizon Jr., was promoted to the rank of Captain at U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, on September 10, 2018.

NMCSD celebrates grand opening of Comprehensive Women’s Health Clinic
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Beaufort
SAN DIEGO—Naval Medical Center San Diego celebrated the grand opening of the Comprehensive Women’s Health Clinic (CWHC) with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Training Center, Nov. 1.

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Ready Engaged and Vaccinated
By Sgt. David Bickel
No Marine wants to hear that they might not deploy and medical professionals throughout the wing are helping them put that fear to rest. Members of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) 3’s medical team urge people to get their flu vaccine before it negatively affects the unit.

USNS Comfort Wraps Up Medical Assistance Mission in Ecuador
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson
Senior leadership and personnel embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) attended a closing ceremony at a medical site, in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, following five days of treating patients, Oct. 26.

NMRC Researchers Present Groundbreaking Scrub Typhus Study at ASTMH Annual Meeting

Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) scientists presented their groundbreaking scrub typhus study during the 2018 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.

NMRC Researchers will Present Findings at Annual Meeting on Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
By Steve Van Der Werff, Naval Medical Research Center
SILVER SPRING, Md. – Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) researchers and their colleagues from across the Navy Medicine Research and Development Enterprise will present their latest findings at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) Annual Meeting Oct. 28 – Nov. 1.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Physician Wins Gastroenterology Award
From Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Public Affairs
CAMP LEJEUNE (NNS) -- A fascination with the field of gastroenterology has driven LCDR Brent Lacey to strive for excellence in the care of his patients, which has recently earned him the recognition of the Captain Walter J. Coyle Award for Clinical Gastroenterology (GI).

Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit East Completes Field Training Exercise

NORFOLK, VA. (NNS) – The Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit (FDPMU) East Team One completed its 2018 Field Training Exercise (FTX) October 1-5, 2018 at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two (NEPMU-2).

New Navy Medicine Clinic Opens in Gulfport
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan, Naval Hospital Pensacola Public Affairs
GULFPORT, Miss. (NNS) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Oct. 19 for the new Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC) Gulfport on board Naval Construction Battalion Center.

USNS Comfort Begins Medical Site Set-up in Ecuador
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman J. Keith Wilson
ESMERALDAS, Ecuador – A team comprised of more than 900 personnel, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), commenced their first mission stop as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Oct. 20.

NMCSD nurse scientists win nursing publication award
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Beaufort
SAN DIEGO— Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) nurse scientists were recently announced that they will be presented with the 2018 RDML Mary F. Hall award for nursing publication.

NMCP’s Medical Librarians Host an Open House
By Christina Johnson
October is National Medical Librarians Month, and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s medical librarians hosted an open house for the medical center’s staff, patients and visitors, Oct. 18.

By Jason Bortz
(PENSACOLA, Fla. – Oct. 16, 2018) – Naval Hospital Pensacola has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification.

Preventive Healthcare: Comfort's Plan Heading into First Stop
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Waldrop, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs
CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- Moving closer to providing care in the first country of an 11-week medical mission in support of Enduring Promise 2018, providers and corpsmen aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) are eager to execute a major initiative­ — preventive health care.

U.S. Navy Sierra rotation farewells NATO Role III, Kandahar Airfield
By Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Leaders throughout Kandahar Airfield gathered, Oct. 14, during the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit’s transfer of authority ceremony, here, between the U.S. Navy’s Sierra and Tango rotation.

USNS Comfort Conducts Mass Casualty Training Exercise
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Liston
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 13, 2018) – Doctors, nurses and other embarked medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) conducted a mass casualty training exercise in preparation for visiting medical sites in Central and South America, Oct. 13, 2018.

Naval Medical Logistics Command Celebrates Navy's 243rd Birthday and announces AOR Senior Sailor of the Year
By Julius Evans
Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC) celebrated the Navy's 243rd Birthday in a ceremony held at Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD. Oct. 12.

NMCSD Pediatrician Teaches School to Save Lives
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Kreitzer
SAN DIEGO (October 12, 2018) A pediatrician at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) helped students and staff of a local school make their school and community a safer place to be.

Navy Medicine Leads the Way in 3D Breast Imaging
By NMCCL Public Affairs
The word “cancer” has a way of stopping patients in their tracks. Early detection is key to beating breast cancer, catching it when it is treatable. Navy Medicine is leading the way when it comes to early detection of breast cancer with the use of a sophisticated combination of breast tomography, or 3D mammography, and 3D biopsy system.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville partners with private-sector hospitals to maintain advanced skills
By Rodney Foushee, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville (NHJ) has developed innovative partnerships with private-sector health systems to maintain clinicians’ advanced life-saving skills and to continue to provide warfighters with state-of-the-art medical care.

NMCP's Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Graduates Class of 2018
By Rebecca A. Perron, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs
Portsmouth, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship class of 2018 received their certificates of completion during a ceremony on Oct. 2. The graduates and their next assignments are Lt. Claudia Crawford, Branch Health Clinic Iwakuni, Japan, and Lt. David Howerin, USS George Washington.

Naval Branch Health Clinic social worker awarded Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
By Kathy MacKnight
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) - Mr. Steven Difilippo, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker on staff at the Embedded Mental Health (EMH) Program located at Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC), New London, Conn., was presented with a Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by NSSC Commanding Officer, Commander Brian J. Nowak on September 28, 2018.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville tests its pandemic plan by conducting mass vaccinations for flu
By Yan Kennon
Over the past two weeks, Naval Hospital Jacksonville (including its branch health clinics) conducted a series of mass vaccinations of health care staff and active duty personnel aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Air Station Key West, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, and Naval Station Mayport.

NMCP Offers New Pain Management Treatment
By Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine Clinic recently started using a new pain management treatment option, Alpha-Stim. While this technology has been around for years, NMCP started using this treatment only a few months ago for active duty patients.

CLDJ Corpsman wins Pharmacy Tech of the Year Award
By Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Rullo
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Travis Hunter, a pharmacy technician forward deployed to the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, has been named Joint Federal Pharmacy, Senior Pharmacy Technician of the Year, Sept. 23, 2018.

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth temporary change in service update
ByTia McMillen
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) announced this week that prescriptions written by civilian providers for Tricare Select and Tricare for Life members will need to be filled at other Tidewater Military Health System (TMHS) military treatment facilities or by the civilian Tricare network.

NMCP Nurses Augment NMCCL After Hurricane Florence
By Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers
Four of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) intensive care (ICU) nurses spent nearly two weeks augmenting Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune (NMCCL) staff after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, Sep. 18 - 29.

FMC Honor Graduate Comes From Humble Beginning
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2018) – The recent honor graduate of the Flight Medic Course (FMC) at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) is no stranger to accomplishing his goals.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mammograms for Early Detection
By Petty Officer 1st Class Brannon Deugan
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) is taking the opportunity to educate patients about the dangers of breast cancer and the importance of getting checked.

A 'Pharmacy Phamily' team effort recognized at Naval Hospital Bremerton
From Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- There might not be an ‘i’ in team, but there is a ‘ph’ in family with Naval Hospital Bremerton’s (NHB) Pharmacy.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville using innovative 4DX projects to improve readiness and health
By Rodney Foushee
Naval Hospital Jacksonville has launched a “bottom-up” approach to improving readiness and health, building on ideas from the front-line staff who encounter patients every day at the hospital and its branch health clinics.

USNS Comfort to visit SOUTHCOM AOR
By Raymond Sarracino
Hospital ship to depart Norfolk Oct. 11 for Enduring Promise mission in Latin America MIAMI – The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is scheduled to depart Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Oct. 11 en route to South America and Central America where it will conduct an 11-week medical assistance mission working closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras.

Sailors' Teamwork Treats Critically Injured Plane Crash Survivors in Chuuk
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Matthew R. White, 30th Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- After responding and rendering aid to the passengers and crew of Air Niugini flight PX56 following its crash landing in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Sept. 28, Sailors from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 continued their humanitarian efforts by donating blood to the injured.

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Contraceptive Clinic Opens at Naval Hospital Pensacola
By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Brannon Deugan
PENSACOLA, Fl. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Pensacola recently opened a Contraceptive Clinic for all TRICARE beneficiaries that accepts walk-ins and appointments. The Contraceptive Clinic’s walk-in service provides education, counseling, blood work, pregnancy testing and multiple contraception options.

Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport holds change of charge ceremony
By Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel
MAYPORT, Fla. – Cmdr. Brian Hower assumed the officer-in-charge duties of Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport from Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Farrar on Sept. 28, during a ceremony at the clinic.

US Naval Academy Sports Medicine Team Sharpens Their Skills

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Thirty-one sports medicine providers from Naval Health Clinic Annapolis participated in a sports medicine emergency management training evolution called "In 2 Minutes or Less" at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Sept. 28

NMRC Strives to Reduce Risk of Melioidosis Among Deployed Sailors and Marines
From Naval Medical Research Center Public Affairs
SILVER SPRING, Md. (NNS) -- Dr. Kevin Schully, contractor and chief science officer with Naval Medical Research Center’s (NMRC) Austere environments Consortium for Enhanced Sepsis Outcomes Department (ACESO) recently retuned stateside after screening Sailors and Marines deployed to Darwin, Australia, who are at risk of developing melioidosis.

NEPMU-6 Conducts Global Health Engagement in the Solomon Islands
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nate Laird, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Six (NEPMU-6), in conjunction with the Navy Entomology Center of Excellence and Australian Defence Force entomologists completed a Global Health Engagement with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health to enhance their mosquito control capabilities Aug. 17-31.

IRT Ola de Esperanza Sanadora provides Puerto Ricans over $1M in patient care
By Airman 1st Class Michelle Ulber
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico — Over the past two weeks medical personnel from the Air National Guard and U.S. Navy Reserve provided no-cost dental, optical and medical care in several cities in Puerto Rico in support of Innovative Readiness Training Ola de Esperanza Sanadora.

HCB Students, Instructor Become First Responders
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shayla D. Hamilton, Navy Medicine Training Support Center Public Affairs
SAN ANTONIO (NNS) -- Two Navy Medicine Training Support Center (NMTSC) Hospital Corpsman Basic (HCB) program students put their training into action, acting as the first responders to assist a patient at the Veterans Affairs Emergency Room, Aug. 27.

First Woman Takes Rein of Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory
From Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory Public Affairs
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL) held a change of command ceremony topside of the world’s first nuclear submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571) at the Submarine Force Library and Museum, Naval Submarine Base New London, Aug. 6.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville selected as first Navy facility to transition to Defense Health Agency
By Jeanne Casey, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville, including its five branch health clinics in Florida and Georgia, will be the first Navy military medical treatment facility (MTF) to transition to the Defense Health Agency (DHA) on Oct. 1, 2018.

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U.S. Navy Medical Team Begins Subject Matter Exchanges in Colombia
From Southern Partnership Station 2018 Public Affairs
SANTA MARTA, Colombia (NNS) -- A team of U.S. Navy medical professionals arrived in Colombia Aug. 25 to begin subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) and partner capacity building engagements with Colombian medical professionals and security forces in the town of Riohacha as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2018.

Training to Save Lives | 3rd Medical Bn. participates in NMAP training
By Pfc. Terry Wong
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan – A dark-green, tactical vehicle with a large red cross on its side screeches to a halt in front of Medical Simulation Training Center South on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. Sailors run to the Humvee, yelling for assistance from medical personnel, who rush to pull simulated casualties out of the vehicle. The patients are quickly transported into large, green operating tents to receive treatment.

Malaria Candidate Vaccine Proves Effective

Capt. Judith Epstein, clinical director, Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) Malaria Department, presented findings on the malaria candidate vaccine, PfSPZ Vaccine, at the 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Aug. 22.

Navy scientists look to improve safety in low oxygen environments
By Megan Mudersbach
KISSIMEE, Florida - Researchers from the Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton (NAMRU-Dayton) presented human performance research during a breakout session at the 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Kissimmee, Florida, Aug. 22.

NMRC Researchers Seek Ways to Improve the Safety, Comfort and Survivability of the Warfighter
By Steve Van Der Werff
Researchers from Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) presented their work: Enhancing Human Performance & Survivability in Extreme Environments during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium Aug. 21.

Beyond the Golden Hour to the Platinum Ten Minutes
By Regena Kowitz
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Leaders from Navy Medicine spoke about the impact of research and development and highlighted specific research initiatives during a Navy breakout session at the 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Aug. 21.

USNS Comfort to Support Humanitarian Mission in Latin America
From U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs
MIAMI (NNS) -- USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region.

Tropic Care Profile: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Carlotta Howard
Senior Airman Justyn Freeman
LANAI, Hawaii (Aug. 18, 2018)—U.S. Navy Reserve Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Carlotta Howard, assigned to the 4th Dental Battalion, 24th Dental Company of Atlanta, Georgia, provided support as a dental technician during Tropic Care Maui County 2018 in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii from August 11-19. The health care clinic provided dental, optometry, medical, public health, and pharmaceutical services at no cost to community members as part of the U.S. military’s Innovative Readiness Training program.

NMCP Unveils New TRICARE Prime Clinic in Suffolk
By Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers
SUFFOLK, Va. - A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the unveiling of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s new TRICARE Prime Clinic (TPC) Suffolk, Aug. 17.

Navy Medicine Global Health Team conducts trauma exchange in Vietnam
From U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs
HANOI, VIETNAM (NNS) -- A team of 13 Navy Medicine trauma members completed a medical exchange Aug. 10 at Vietnam Military Hospital 103.

San Antonio Has a New Admiral
By Larry Coffey
Command of Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command (NMETLC) changed when Rear Adm. Tina Davidson relieved Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle during a combined change of command and retirement ceremony at JBSA-FSH, Aug. 3.

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Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville commanding officer receives nursing award
By Yan Kennon
The Navy Nurse Corps Association presented the Admiral Alene B. Duerk Award to Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Karen Young on June 20, during an awards ceremony at Pensacola State College.

NMCP's Chest Pain Center Earns Reaccreditation, Adds Primary PCI Accreditation
By Rebecca Perron, NMCP Public Affairs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) announced July 26 that the medical center was reaccredited by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation.

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