YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- A hospital corpsman assigned to Naval Hospital (NH) Yokosuka, Japan, was recently named Navy Medicine West Sailor of the Year (SOY) 2009.
Hospitalman 1st Class Jason McDonald was also recognized as USNH Yokosuka SOY 2009.
"I feel humbled and honored," said McDonald of this acknowledgment.
He was also quick to recognize the people he works with every day.
"This is not about just one person, this is really about my team bringing me to where I am. I couldn't do it without them," said McDonald.
McDonald, the leading petty officer for NH Yokosuka's patient administration department, is directly responsible for the supervision, mentorship, guidance and assignment for more than 35 enlisted and civilian employees and helps manage the day-to-day administrative needs of the department.
In his one year in the position, McDonald managed more than 18,000 medical records, 162 medical evacuations, 500 suitability screenings and 1,000 physical exams. He also served as the physical evaluation board liaison officer, a position normally held by a chief petty officer or above, where he provided disability counseling for active duty members and effectively handled close to 200 medical board cases.
McDonald also served as the command's primary tactical combat casualty care instructor. As the instructor for this course, required for all deploying corpsmen, he taught students how to provide care under fire, tactical field care and evacuation operations.
"That's what matters most. I like being able to teach these corpsmen battlefield medicine and how to save lives in combat situations," said McDonald.
McDonald says looking out for your fellow Sailors is key to being successful in the Navy.
"Take care of the mission, but take care of your junior Sailors by providing mentorship and training and showing concern for their health and welfare. You take care of them, and they take care of you," said McDonald.
NH Yokosuka's command master chief expressed his pride in McDonald and every hospital Sailor.
"The traits and characteristics that McDonald and several of his peers share are unwavering professionalism, proactive and engaged leadership, dedication to the mission and a genuine love, concern and respect for what they do," said Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Randy Pringle, NH Yokosuka's command master chief. "This only further supports my thoughts, however biased they might be, that we have some of the very best Sailors here that Navy Medicine and the Navy has in its inventory."
McDonald now moves on to compete against five other top Sailors to be named the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's SOY 2009.
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