NHB Staff Preparing to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

Story Number: NNS100117-04Release Date: 1/17/2010 9:32:00 AM
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By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs

BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) has quickly mobilized staff members to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster response in Haiti.

"Supporting the relief effort for Haiti will showcase what we do better than anyone, and I am proud of everyone who is going on to help out in this time of crisis," said Capt. Mark Brouker, NHB commanding officer. "Being part of this Haiti contingent will be a life changing experience for some, perhaps all, and shows a lot of flexibility for which we are very thankful."

NHB's Executive Department determined those needed for the Haiti relief support mission and the command's Operational Readiness Department immediately commenced preparing the necessary paperwork for all those deploying.

"We make sure everyone's paperwork, from their medical and personal records to current immunizations to legal to their travel orders, are up to date," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Lawrence Duran.

"Being a part of this mission is the right thing to do," said Cmdr. Janine Wood, Navy Nurse Corps. "I'm excited and nervous and still a little in shock. It's almost easier to get ready to pack up and move out in a few days and not have time to dwell on it than going on a individual augmentee deployment, where we now usually find out about 60 days beforehand."

According to Brouker, it's too early to begin to know how long the NHB team will be gone, their deployment status will not impact patient care at NHB. The final destination is still to be determined for the NHB team.

For more news from Naval Hospital Bremerton, visit www.navy.mil/local/nhb/.

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