Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River

Welcome to NHCPR online. Our Mission is to ensure Operational Force readiness and a healthy community.

Our Vision is be a highly reliable mission-ready healthcare team.

Our Philosophy is to relentlessly maintain a climate of clinical excellence and safety.

Our Strategy is to man, train, and equip staff with what they need to provide and maintain health. Beneficiaries should expect to be provided with safe, high quality care. Our Staff will provide personal and professional staff readiness and NHCPR will optimize resources for force health protection.


Command Suite

CAPT Hinz McKenzie Eison
CAPT Kathleen Hinz, USN CAPT Chad McKenzie, MSC , USN HMCM CJ Eison
Commanding Officer Executive Officer Command Master Chief

Command Suite Biographies

CAPT Kathleen Hinz, USN
Commanding Officer

A native of Manasquan, New Jersey, Captain Hinz graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1981. After two years of public school teaching and college coaching, Captain Hinz enlisted in the Navy in September 1983.

Captain Hinz completed Basic Training in Orlando in November1983, Hospital Corpsman “A” School in March 1984 and Surgical Technologist “C” School in November 1984. From 1984 through 1991, she served as a Surgical Technologist at Naval Hospital Oakland, Branch Medical Clinic Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nevada, and Naval School of Health Sciences (NSHS), San Diego. While at NSHS, she was selected for the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master of Arts degree in Education. Captain Hinz was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in May 1994 and reported to Officer Indoctrination School.

Captain Hinz’s first Nurse Corps assignment was Naval Hospital Millington, Tennessee, from 1994-1996 where she served on the inpatient Mental Health Unit. From there, she was selected for the Navy’s Perioperative Nurse training program, which she completed in August 1996. Captain Hinz then reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia for duty from 1996-2001. She left Portsmouth and reported to the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland, where she led the Command Training Team and continued her passion for perioperative nursing from 2001-2004. In March 2003, she deployed on the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Hinz was then assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain from 2004-2007. While in Spain, she served as Perioperative Department Head, Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager (CMEO), Operational Goal Team Leader, Infection Control Officer, Hospital Corpsman Skills Basic Instructor, Perioperative Policy Goal Team Leader and Associate Professor, University of Maryland University Europe.

In March 2008, Captain Hinz returned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Manager. While at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, she was selected to serve as the Associate Director of Surgical Services from June 2011 through December 2012. In 2013, Captain Hinz completed a nine-month Individual Augmentee deployment to Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Senior Nurse Executive. Captain Hinz’s most recent assignments include Director of Mental Health at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan and Executive Officer, Naval Health Clinic Charleston, South Carolina. During these assignments, CAPT Hinz also completed her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education. Currently, she is serving as the Commanding Officer for Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River.

Captain Hinz’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal (2).

CAPT Chad McKenzie, MSC , USN
Executive Officer

Captain McKenzie is a native of Bellefontaine, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps.

McKenzie’s first assignment was the National Naval Medical Center where he served as the Assistant Division Officer in Outpatient Pharmacy and later as the Division Officer of Pharmacy Supply and Administration. In 1999, McKenzie reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Keflavik, Iceland where he served as the Pharmacy Department Head. In 2000, he transferred to Naval Hospital Bremerton, where he served as Division Officer in both Outpatient and Inpatient Pharmacy, and later led Pharmacy Clinical Operations in the Family Practice and Internal Medicine clinics. During his tour in Bremerton he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree through Idaho State University. With a broad pharmacy practice experience, McKenzie continued to serve in Pharmacy leadership positions at Naval Hospitals Camp Pendleton and Oak Harbor. Additionally, in 2009 he was appointed as the Director for Healthcare Business at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and in 2012 Director for Clinical Support Services at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor. McKenzie gained operational leadership experience in 2010 while deployed as the Pharmacy Mentor to the Afghan National Army under NATO Training Mission Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In addition to his primary duties at Camp Pendleton, McKenzie was accepted into the Naval Postgraduate School Executive Master of Business Administration program from which he graduated in 2011. Selected in 2014 to attend the U.S. Army War College resident program in Carlisle, PA as a full-time graduate student, he received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies in June 2015. Upon graduation McKenzie was assigned to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery where he served as both Assistant Deputy Chief of BUMED for Information Management and Technology, and Director of Communications and Change Management for Information Management and Technology. From June 2017 through June 2018, McKenzie served as Officer in Charge, Branch Health Clinic Diego Garcia where he led delivery of primary care services in support of U.S. and British military forces operating in and around the British Indian Ocean Territory. In addition, he provided Emergency Medical Services and Preventive Medicine support to 2,500 personnel across the installation.

Captain McKenzie currently serves as Executive Officer, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Maryland. He is board-certified in pharmacotherapy by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties and is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals and five Navy Commendation Medals in addition to unit, service, and campaign awards.

HMCM C.J. Eison , USN
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Eison was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on January 31, 1979. After completing high school, he immediately enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 22, 1997. He attended Recruit Training and Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Ill. and upon completion transferred to Field Medical Service School.

In 1998, he reported to his first command, Charleston Naval Hospital, Charleston S.C. He worked in various areas of the hospital before reporting to Optician “C” School in Yorktown, Va. in 2000. Upon completion of school, he remained on station until 2001 when he was promoted to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class and transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif.

In 2004, Eison was promoted to Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class and detached for Camp Pendleton, 1st Marine Division were he was deployed to Iraq with 1st Platoon, Company B, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), in support of Operation Iraq Freedom II. During a firefight while deployed, HM2 Eison was struck by a mortar round and severely injured. His injuries resulted in him being medically evacuated and subsequently Combat Meritoriously Promoted to Hospital Corpsman 1st Class in 2005.

In late 2005 Master Chief Eison transferred to Naval Hospital Naples, Italy, were he served as the Directorate of Surgical Services, Leading Petty Officer for the next three years. He attended Preventive Medicine “C” School in 2008 and after graduation was stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif. While stationed there he was selected to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2009 and assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Directorate of Public Health. He detached in 2011 to join the crew of USS Carl Vinson during their 2011 Western Pacific deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following two deployments, he transferred to Military Sealift Command-Ship Support Unit, Singapore in 2014. In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Chief. In 2018, he was selected for Master Chief and transferred to Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Maryland, where he is assigned as the Command Master Chief.

Master Chief Eison is a graduate of the Executive Medical Department Enlisted Course, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy and holds an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts from Saint Leo University. His personal awards include a Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Brief History of NHCPR

The first medical facility at Patuxent River was an infirmary built in 1943. It was later designated as a dispensary. In the mid-50s, this command was designated a station hospital and was considered a department of the Naval Air Station. This command was originally designed as a 217 bed hospital. On 1 July 1968, the station hospital was designated a Naval Hospital under the management control of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). The present facility was planned in 1962, and commissioned on 29 May 1969. The present organization provides ambulatory health care.

NHCPR Joint Commission Status

TJC accreditation acknowledges the commitment of Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River to continuously meet rigorous national and world-wide health care standards. This accreditation also serves as an independent audit; validating Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River's dedication to continuous quality improvement.

The "gold seal" is displayed to recognize the efforts of the staff of Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River in the clinic specific day-to-day delivery of safe, quality laden health care in a secure environment.

The public may contact The Joint Commission's Office of Quality Monitoring to report any concerns or register complaints about a Joint Commission accredited health care organization by emailing complaint@jointcommission.org (More information). View Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River's Online Quality Report

What is The Joint Commission?

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