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Captain Rachel M. Lewis, NC
Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, Florida

Captain Lewis is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  In 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Later that year she was selected for a direct commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.
Upon completion of Officer Indoctrination School in 1996, Captain Lewis reported to Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida, for her first tour as a staff nurse in the Newborn Nursery.  Her next assignment took her to Virginia in 1999 where she assumed the role of Charge Nurse for Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Labor and Delivery Department, directing all nightshift patient care activity for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) busiest labor and delivery unit.  In 2002, she reported to Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina, where she served as Head, Emergency Medical Services and Command Emergency Manager.  Her next tour, and first overseas duty, took her to U.S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy, in 2005.  While there, she served as Clinic Manager of the Family Medicine and Pediatrics Clinics, Regional Coordinator for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and Director for Nursing Continuing Education.  Her follow-on assignment brought her back to Naval Hospital Pensacola where she became Head, Women and Children’s Department in 2008.  During her tenure, she led the outstanding patient care team responsible for twice earning the MHS/DoD Patient Safety Award, the first for Naval Hospital Pensacola.  In 2011, Captain Lewis was given the unique opportunity to serve as an embedded mentor to the Chief Nurse of the Afghan National Army’s Western Region in Herat, Afghanistan.  As the last assigned mentor in this role, she completed the longstanding mission resulting in the successful transition of sustainable nursing services to the Afghan National Security Forces.  Upon completion of a thirteen-month deployment, she returned to Naval Hospital Pensacola where she served the rest of her tour as Associate Director for Nursing Services.  In 2013, she reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain, and was competitively selected for assignment as Director of Healthcare Business and subsequently had the honor to serve five months as Executive Officer.  From 2016 to 2019, she served as Officer in Charge of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s largest and most geographically remote site, Naval Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme.  In April of 2019, she returned to Naval Hospital Pensacola where she assumed the role as Executive Officer.      
Captain Lewis holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration and is a lifetime member of the Federal Healthcare Executives Institute Alumni Association.  Her personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.

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