Naval Hospital Jacksonville Sailors return from Deployment

Story Number: NNS181227-03Release Date: 12/27/2018 8:56:00 AM
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By Yan Kennon, Public Affairs Senior Writer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- About 25 Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff returned the week before Christmas, from an 11-week medical support mission.  The sailors were deployed aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative.

NH Jacksonville’s sailors were part of an embarked medical team, which worked with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, providing care both aboard the ship and at land-based medical sites.  The embarked medical team treated over 26,000 patients and conducted about 600 surgeries aboard the ship and at land-based sites.

Health services provided during Comfort’s deployment included general surgery, ophthalmologic surgery, dermatology, medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, and general public health.

The deployment reflected the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health.  NH Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia.  It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager.  To find out more, visit


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USNS Comfort Personnel Treat Patients at a Land-based Medical Site, in Colombia
181118-N-DH811-1069 TURBO, Colombia (Nov. 18, 2018) " Lt. Kate Allen, an optometrist assigned to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), checks the eye pressure of a patient at a land-based medical site. Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command™s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States™ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin T. Liston/Released)
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