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IWTC Corry Station Welcomes Connected Corpsmen in the Community

By: , Defense Visual Information Distribution Service 
Published: 4/26/2018 2:32 PM

​PENSACOLA, Fla. – With coordination and manning from Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station’s students and staff now have access to a clinic onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida, called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC).

The clinic allows for walk-ins Monday-Friday from 5 - 8 a.m. and expands the access and convenience of care for active duty service members assigned to IWTC. The services offered at the clinic include treatment for minor on-the-job injuries including sprains, strain, joint pain, minor cuts, blisters, insect bites and removal of stitches as well as upper respiratory infections, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The benefit of this type of care is two-fold. First, students and staff members can return to training and miss fewer hours away from their training. Second, appointments open up at the surrounding health care venues for those that require more extensive care, creating shorter lines and more appointment availabilities.

“Corpsmen have a unique learning experience when working within the clinic or hospital,” said Lt. Maria Amoreth Gozo, a medical officer with Naval Branch Health Clinic Naval Air Technical Training Center. “Having a smaller clinic mimics fleet operations, not too dissimilar to that aboard a ship at sea. This type of interaction brings the Sailor piece back to the corpsman.”

Surveys conducted across Corry Station have shown the positive benefits of the CCC across a wide spectrum of patrons. Course supervisors and instructors have noticed the lack of impact on their schedules because students and staff members alike can be seen prior to the start of the workday.

Prior to the opening of the clinic, Sailors would have to schedule an appointment that may be during class times. CCC allows students and instructors to receive the care they need without missing valuable instruction time.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sujay Brown, a corpsman with the Naval Hospital Pensacola as part of the CCC said, “Most of our patients need quick fixes, a cold pack or a quick bandage. We don’t tie up providers in the branch clinic here, and those patients are quickly returned to their place of duty and are satisfied with the care they received.”

Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Brittney Edwards, an instructor with IWTC Corry Station stated, “The clinic is a huge benefit. I was treated for cold symptoms and returned to training students in less than 20 minutes. Previously this same action would have taken an hour or more.”

No one wants to be sick, hurt, or injured, but receiving timely treatment alleviates the exacerbation of pain and suffering. Returning to training with the proper treatment helps students and staff regain focus. Coughing throughout a lecture is not conducive to learning, but receiving quick treatment to ease the distraction helps everyone attending the lecture.

Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of training to Navy and joint service personnel that prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.

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