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    Director, Defense Health Agency Visits Naval Hospital Pensacola

    Director, Defense Health Agency, Naval Hospital Pensacola Visit

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Carter Denton | 20200902-N-EX228-0017 PENSACOLA, Fl. (Sep. 2, 2020) Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director,...... read more read more

    PENSACOLA, FL, UNITED STATES

    09.02.2020

    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Brannon Deugan 

    Naval Hospital Pensacola

    Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA) visited with Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP) leadership, held a town hall for staff and toured the facility, Sept. 2, 2020.

    U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director, DHA, held discussions with Sailors, staff and leadership to better understand the strategic and operational goals and challenges of NHP and the local commands.

    “As the director of DHA, for me to effectively lead this organization I have to understand the strategic responsibilities we have and I get that in {Washington} D.C. all the time, but I also have to understand the impact we have at the most important location and that is where we are delivering health care,” said Place. “I am thrilled to be here so that I understand the most critical needs and how can I favorably impact improvements in our system.”

    As director of the DHA, Place leads a joint, integrated combat support agency which direct supports Army, Navy and Air Force medical service providing a medically ready force and ready medical force to combatant commands in peace and times of conflict.

    “We are a military health system and we support the military,” said Place during. “What we do here in the United States or wherever in the world the {Department of Defense} wants us to go, the same standard {should} be achieved… we should demand of ourselves excellence.”

    During his visit, Place showed his appreciation to those that have been committed to excellence by recognizing five NHP staff members for notable individual achievements. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Celia Decastro was one of the Sailor’s recognized for her dedication and commitment to the mission of the Urgent Care Clinic throughout the past few months.

    “I was surprised and wasn’t expecting to be recognized at all,” said Decastro, from Jacksonville, Florida. “I feel honored to have met him and to have received his coin. I am so happy to be a part of this team and everybody has been doing a really good job throughout the pandemic.”

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    Date Taken: 09.02.2020
    Date Posted: 09.02.2020 19:00
    Story ID: 377366
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 
    Hometown: JACKSONVILLE, FL, US

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