About NBHC Mid-South
NBHC Mid-South is one of 10 branch clinics assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola.

Vision: To be the health system of readiness and excellence for America’s heroes, past and present, and their families.

Mission:  Deliver high quality health care to ensure a medically ready force and a ready medical force through strategic partnerships and innovation

Guiding Principles: #NHPGREAT
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      CDR Cheryl Cottrell

Commander Cheryl L. Cottrell was born in San Diego, California.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Fitness in June 1988, and worked in cardiac rehabilitation at Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Medical City Dallas, Dallas, Texas from 1989 to 1994, respectively.  In 1994, she began her efforts to becoming a nurse and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in June 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation, she worked at Mercy Health Center as a staff nurse in the Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit for two years.

In September 2000, Commander Cottrell was commissioned an Ensign in the Nurse Corps. Following Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island, she reported to Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington and served as a staff nurse on the Medical-Surgical Ward and the Intensive Care Unit.  In February of 2003, she was deployed with Fleet Hospital Bremerton (FH8) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Feb 2003-May 2003.
In September 2003, Commander Cottrell reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan and initially served as a staff nurse on the Ambulatory Procedures Unit.  She then held leadership positions in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit.
Commander Cottrell was selected for full time duty under instruction in 2006 and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a Masters in Science Degree in Adult Acute Care Nursing in June 2008.  Upon completion of her degree in 2008, she was assigned as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia.  During this tour of duty she deployed to Camp Bastion Role III Hospital, Afghanistan from January 2010 to October 2010. Upon return, she was assigned as the Division Officer for the Progressive Care Unit.

In July 2012, Commander Cottrell reported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida where she was assigned as Department Head for the Multi-Service Unit, Team Leader for the Inpatient Workload Recapture for the CONUS Hospital Study, and Associate Director Nursing Services.  In June 2016, she reported to Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport, Florida where she served as the Senior Nurse Officer for 25 nurses.  In September 2017, she was selected as Associate Director, Naval Branch Health Clinics, Naval Hospital Jacksonville providing support to five branch clinics in Florida and Georgia. 

Commander Cottrell’s personal awards and decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (two stars), Navy Achievement Medal and various other campaign and service medals.

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