Navy Surgeon General visits Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay

Story Number: NNS170508-37Release Date: 5/8/2017 3:15:00 PM
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By Joycelyn Biggs, Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, visited U.S. Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay (NHGB), April 25.

This was Faison's first visit to NHGB and included breakfast with junior Sailors, tours of facilities, leadership briefings, and an all-hands call.

"If you don't remember anything else I say today, I want you to remember these two words: thank you," Faison said. "It is an honor and a privilege to serve with you in the most highly trained, educated and specialized Navy in our nation's history."

As evidence, Faison discussed the greater than 90 percent survival rate for survivable combat injuries, which is unprecedented in the history of military medicine. He said several studies indicate the quality of care in the military health care system is as good, if not better, than some of the highest regarded institutions in the nation.

Not resting on the laurels achieved, Faison discussed continuing improvements, including changing the model in how health care is provided. These new initiatives are geared to be more convenient, offer a better experience of care, and utilize improved technology. He said these are areas identified as very important to millennial service members, a very large percentage of force.

Faison also informed the staff of three expectations he has of all staff members. His list included to be worthy of the trust instilled in you, be worthy of the uniform you wear, and be worthy of the privilege of leadership.

Before closing, Faison recognized four staff members by presenting them with coins for their outstanding service.

Faison assumed duties as the Navy's 38th surgeon general on Dec. 15, 2015. He previously served as the Navy's deputy surgeon general and deputy chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

U.S. Navy Hospital Guantanamo Bay embraces providing world-class care by maintaining a reputation for sustaining one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any military treatment facility in the Navy. The patient population of approximately 6,000 includes military family members, government civilian employees and their families, special category residents, contractors, foreign nationals and migrants.

Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel that provide health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.

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Navy Surgeon General visits Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay
170425-N-FA234-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Apr. 25, 2017) Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Navy Medicine™s Force Master Chief Hosea Smith Jr., Navy Medicine FORCM, joins Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay staff members for breakfast during a recent visit to the facility. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Christopher Ike, Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs).
May 8, 2017
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