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    Naval Hospital Pensacola holds Change of Command

    NAVHOSP Pensacola Change of Command

    Photo By Petty Officer 1st Class Brannon Deugan | 190729-N-SD965-0001 NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 29, 2019) Capt. Amy...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Brannon Deugan 

    Naval Hospital Pensacola

    NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. – Capt. Amy Branstetter, Nurse Corps, relinquished command of Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) to Capt. David Webster, Medical Corps, at a change of command ceremony June 29 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

    NHP has been providing care since 1826 and includes ten branch clinics across five states – Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Indiana. Approximately 55,000 patients are enrolled for care at the hospital and the branch clinics.

    During Branstetter’s tenure as commanding officer of NHP, she has overseen several significant and successful changes including successful development of the Surgeon General's Connected Corpsmen in the Community proof of concept, the reestablishment of the Gulf Coast Department of Defense Veterans Administration Executive Management Team, and the successful NHP transformation from inpatient hospital services to The Joint Commission gold star accreditation in ambulatory and mental health care. Under her command, the hospital was honored with consecutive DoD Patient Safety Awards, making it one of the most recognized commands in Navy Medicine.

    “To the staff of Naval Hospital Pensacola and its branch health clinics, thank you for an amazing and challenging two years,” said Branstetter. “Your commitment to this command and the patients we are so privileged to care for is evident in everything that you do. You are the reason that this hospital and its branch clinics enjoy such a positive reputation, not only in Navy Medicine but throughout the military health system.”

    Immediately following the change of command ceremony, Branstetter retired from the Navy after 28 years of service. The Indiana native will remain in the Pensacola area following retirement.

    “I consider myself very fortunate and honored to have been afforded this privilege to lead Naval Hospital Pensacola,” said Branstetter. “I look forward to following your continued successes and seeing you take the command to the next level.”

    Webster’s last assignment was as the executive officer for Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy. He holds a residency in Family and Aerospace Medicine. He has previously served at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia; Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida; Naval Health Clinic Kings Bay, Georgia; and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He earned his doctorate from Hahnemann University School of Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

    “It’s an honor that can’t be understated to become the 26th Commander of Naval Hospital Pensacola,” said Webster. “Today, there is no greater Military Treatment Facility in Navy Medicine than the team I have been selected to lead.”

    Webster said he plans to continue focusing on patient satisfaction, but will also emphasize readiness amongst the active-duty population, including staff at the hospital and branch clinics.

    “It is a privilege to be able to work with such an extraordinary group of health care professionals,” said Webster. “Our mission here is clear; to deliver high-quality health care to ensure a medically ready force and a ready medical force.”

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    Date Taken: 07.29.2019
    Date Posted: 07.29.2019 17:26
    Story ID: 333532
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 

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