The aeromedical evacuation of a critically ill U.S. servicemember from U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Okinawa to Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) in Hawaii March 26, marked the first extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, transfer performed with an adult in the western Pacific region.
The government of Japan recognized the head of the U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Okinawa Preventive Medicine Department May 23, for his work in conducting plant quarantine inspections of vessels and military equipment entering U.S. military ports in Okinawa.
Outfitting and inspections are currently in progress at the new U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) facility on Camp Foster, and planning is underway to transfer hospital operations to the new facility in March of 2013.
Close coordination between U. S. Naval Hospital Okinawa (USNHO) and the Fisher House Foundation recently helped a military family travel to the Washington, D. C. area to join their service member while he received medical treatment.