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Nov. 7, 2011

Naval Hospital Beaufort Recognizes the Contributions of Civilian Personnel

Civilian Appreciation Day, so designated by Capt. Joan Queen, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort, was celebrated on Nov. 5, as a way of honoring the hard work, dedication, and many contributions of the hospital’s civilian staff.  Festivities were simultaneously coordinated at the Naval Hospital and its two branch health clinics (BHC) at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island and Marine Corps Airs Station (MCAS) Beaufort.

“Our civilians are the institutional knowledge and memory of Naval Hospital Beaufort,” said Queen.  “When our active duty staff deploy or move on to their next duty station, it is the underlying thread of continuity provided by our civilians that really keeps our hospital running and creates our organizational character.  I am truly honored to work with this outstanding group of dedicated and hard-working professionals.”

At the conclusion of Friday’s regularly scheduled “Excellence in Action” awards ceremony in which all staff members who have gone above and beyond their regular duties that week are recognized, Queen delivered a heartfelt message to the civilian staff, letting them know how much she appreciated all of their efforts at ensuring the hospital lives up to its motto, “always caring.” 

As a gesture of that appreciation, command leadership provided lunch for the civilians, treating them to pizza, beverages, and a very large cake.  As the staff waited their turn for lunch, Queen and Capt. Edward Simmer, executive officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort, went through the line offering their personal appreciation to individual staff members.

In addition to celebrating the civilians at the hospital, Queen and Simmer visited the clinics at MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island to personally thank the civilians at both locations, where they were also treated to cake, courtesy of Queen, and lunch. 

“The active duty staff decided that preparing lunch for our civilian colleagues was a great way to honor them for all they do for our Marines and Sailors,” said Cmdr. Kathy McCall, clinic manager at BHC MCAS Beaufort.  “As a group, we wanted to acknowledge their sacrifice and dedication to the mission of the air station, physically and mentally preparing Marines and Sailors to go into harm’s way to promote freedom and liberty.  Without our dental and medical civilian staff, we would not be able to provide world class health care. They are an integral part of our team and we truly appreciate their commitment to our corps values and getting the job done.”

At BHC Parris Island, Queen and Simmer stopped by each of the 26 departments, visiting with civilians and thanking them individually for their contributions in making the clinic an outstanding medical treatment facility. 

“It really meant a great deal to have Capt. Queen come out here and recognize us,” said Barbara Fisher, lead medical clerk in the outpatient records department at BHC Parris Island.  “Because we aren’t at the hospital, sometimes we feel a little left out of the loop, but not with Capt. Queen.  I’ve been here for 26 years and this is the first time I can recall the commanding officer giving us a cake.”

Open since 1949, Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical, and emergency services to all active duty personnel, as well as retired military and family members residing in the Beaufort area, a total population of approximately 45,000 beneficiaries.