Admiral and Mrs. Greenert Visit Pacific Northwest

Story Number: NNS140808-12Release Date: 8/8/2014 1:32:00 PM
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By Sharon McIntyre, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor Public Affairs

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert escaped the heat of Washington D.C. and addressed Navy personnel at an all-hands call on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Aug. 5.

While the CNO was checking out the EA-18G Simulator demonstration, Mrs. Greenert took her own tour of the base facilities that focus on quality of life issues for military families.

One stop on that tour was Naval Hospital Oak Harbor (NHOH). Mrs. Greenert, accompanied by Dianne Nortier, Laura Walker and Alisa Segars began their journey at Medical Home Port and was briefed on the model of patient and family-centered health care delivery for primary care patients. Capt. Edward Simmer, commanding officer of NHOH, emphasized the team-based comprehensive care that is designed to meet the health and wellness needs of all NHOH beneficiaries.

The entourage then moved on to the Laboratory, Radiology, and Pharmacy Departments and the Dental Clinic for an abbreviated summary before addressing the referrals process with Rosa Merrell.

The next stop was The Special Delivery Unit Birthing Center which will be getting a major face lift in the coming year. Simmer reassured Mrs. Greenert that the new moms and babies will be well taken care of before, during and after the renovation process. The new rooms will allow the dads to remain in the room with mom and baby for the entire hospital stay.

While in the Birthing Center, Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Pipkin outlined the Patient Safety initiatives designed to get the patients involved in the program.

Mrs. Greenert then met with Kathy Merrill, the Individual Disability Evaluation System (IDES) coordinator who ensures the limited duty, wounded warriors and others who have incurred injuries while on active duty are provided the care and benefits they are entitled to. NHOH consistently ranks in the top 5 percentile for meeting the strict time lines outlined in the IDES process.

Lastly, Mrs. Greenert spoke with Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Anthony Reyes exchanging thoughts on the Exceptional Family Members (EFM), a program near and dear to her heart and how best to ensure the EFM enrollees are aware of and able to enroll in the established programs that are available through the TRICARE network.

The whirlwind tour only lasted 50 minutes; however, she was able to get a snap shot of the services offered at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor. Capt. Simmer then thanked Mrs. Greenert for taking the time out of her busy schedule to tour our hospital and get answers to her questions on how Naval Air Station Whidbey Island beneficiaries receive their medical care.

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