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    Naval Medical Forces Pacific visits Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

    Naval Medical Forces Pacific visits Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Bremerton

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Meagan Christoph | 130228-N-XT693-1046 BREMERTON, Wash. (Feb, 13, 2020) Rear Adm. Tim Weber, Naval...... read more read more



    Story by Douglas Stutz 

    Naval Hospital Bremerton

    Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton hosted Rear Adm. Tim Weber, Commander, Naval Medical Forces Pacific (NMFP), and director of the Navy Medical Service Corps, Feb. 13 and 14, 2020.

    The visit allowed Weber, along with NMFP Command Master Chief Loren Rucker, to share insight and information on the role of Navy Medicine, the changes impacting Navy Medicine, and the continued commitment of Navy Medicine.

    It also provided an opportunity for what he described as ‘the best part about being an admiral is recognizing Sailors.’

    “Our mission is to focus on the Navy surgeon general’s priorities, referred to as the ‘Four Ps’ of People, Platforms, Performance, and Power,” said Weber, addressing a sea of green uniforms during his Admiral All-Hands call.

    Weber explained that the ‘Four Ps’ are priorities to enhance Navy Medicine lethality through the increased survivability of fighting forces.

    People signifies that Navy Medicine’s military and civilian workforce is the greatest strength; Platforms implies the importance of all equipment and capability sets required by warfighters; Performance is measured by the support provided to the warfighter; and Power entails that medical power projection leads to increased survivability.

    “Survivability begins here with readiness training,” stressed Weber. “Any upcoming conflict will be vastly different than before in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mission here is critical and that mission is to man, train, and equip to increase the survivability of our shipmates and Marines. Everything you do here is in preparation for doing your job downrange. Here is where you get ready for your next job.”

    Navy Medicine, Weber attests, is directly linked to Navy power projection and naval superiority. From providing patient-centered care in a military treatment facility to pier side clinic and shipboard department, the skills and competency of physicians, nurses, hospital corpsmen and support staff are crucial in supporting the Fleet.

    Weber also remarked on the varied, overlapping changes that Navy Medicine, and NMRTC Bremerton in particular, has experienced over the past several years.

    From deploying the Department of Defense new electronic health record MHS GENESIS in 2017, to most recently transitioning health care delivery and business operations to the Defense Health Agency (DHA), and complementing that transition with establishing the co-located NMRTC Bremerton to retain command and control of uniformed medical forces and maintain responsibility of operational readiness, it has been a whirlwind for some.

    “Transition can be trying. There is a lot of churn and uncertainty. There’s a lot going on. There was MHS GENESIS a few years ago. To those involved, thank you. The product now is vastly different at Naval Hospital Lemoore because of all the work you did here,” said Weber.

    Weber emphasized Navy Medicine commitments to protect the health and survivability of the warfighters, provide operational support to the Fleet and Fleet Marine Force, and quoted recently retired Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, to “honor the trust placed in our hands to provide the best care our nation can offer to those who defend our freedoms, and their families.”

    Wrapping up, Weber summarized, “Navy Medicine’s role is to make sure warfighters are ready.

    Our focus has changed to readiness. Be ready when your country needs you, just as we’ve done before and will continue to do. Keep doing what you’re doing in caring for our Sailors, Marines and their families.”



    Date Taken: 02.14.2020
    Date Posted: 02.14.2020 17:51
    Story ID: 363251
    Location: BREMERTON, WA, US 

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