Health Clinic Rededicated After Renovations at JEB Little Creek

Story Number: NNS130115-09Release Date: 1/15/2013 3:29:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Vice Adm. Joel T. Boone Branch Health Clinic at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story was rededicated Jan. 15 after the completion of extensive renovations.

The renovations, which cost approximately $3.8 million, included new walls, floors, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

More than 1.1 million patients received treatment at the 40-year-old clinic since construction began in 2005.

"Our dedication to providing quality healthcare proves we are simply too valuable to the mission to close [for construction]," said Cmdr. Gabriel Brown, the welcome speaker for the ceremony.

Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, commander, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, reiterated the clinic's importance in the Hampton Roads area.

"In 2012 alone, the clinic treated more than 230,000 patients, filled over half a million prescriptions, drew over 60,000 labs and processed over 18,000 X-rays," said Wagner. "That's a lot of healthcare, all while ensuring optimum readiness support for 162 commands on two bases."

Guest speakers at the event also included Cmdr. Doug Rhoads, executive officer, JEB Little Creek and retired Rear Adm. Earl P. Yates, who attended the original ribbon cutting ceremony when the clinic was first opened in 1972.

"With the cutting of this ribbon today, you can be assured that the dedicated staff of this clinic will continue to improve upon what are already high standards of excellence for our warfighters, retirees and their families," said Rhoads.

The clinic is named for Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Joel T. Boone, a surgeon who served during World War I. Boone was awarded the Medal of Honor for demonstrating extraordinary heroism while his regiment battled the enemy in France in 1918.

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