JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Denise Boggs-Wilkerson assumed officer-in-charge duties for Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville from Cmdr. Robert Staten on Aug. 30, during a ceremony at the clinic.
Staten has served as NBHC Jacksonville’s interim OIC since June 2019. He will continue in the clinical role he’s held since arriving at the clinic in September 2018. Staten, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is a Medical Corps officer, family medicine physician and flight surgeon who has served in the Navy over 24 years.
Vorachai Sribanditmongkol served as OIC from August 2016 to June 2019. A native of Gahanna, Ohio, he enlisted in the Navy in 1989 as a missile technician. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Ohio State University and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1998. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing from University of San Diego and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the Ohio State University. He also holds certifications as a clinical nurse specialist and lactation consultant.
Sribanditmongkol oversaw the delivery of quality medical and dental care to more than 15,000 active duty personnel at NBHC Jacksonville. Under his leadership, the clinic achieved 89 percent medical readiness, 96 percent dental readiness, 97 percent patient satisfaction, and increased patient enrollment in secure email messaging. NBHC Jacksonville was recognized as the highest-performing Medical Home Port in Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s enterprise.
During Sribanditmongkol’s tenure, NBHC Jacksonville earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission (the nation’s largest and oldest accrediting body in health care); highest-level recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the clinic’s Medical Home Port (Silver Team); three “Blue H” Health Promotion and Wellness Awards from the Navy Surgeon General; successful audits by Navy Medicine’s Inspector General; and three “Best of the Best” in Navy Medicine accolades for the outpatient care experience, for the clinic’s Medical Home Port (Silver Team).
In addition, Sribanditmongkol implemented the Navy’s first mobile lactation suite that’s accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, for breastfeeding moms and babies. He oversaw inclusion of “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” guidance that sustained the command’s “Baby Friendly” designation from Baby Friendly USA. Naval Hospital Jacksonville was the first hospital (military or private-sector) on Florida’s First Coast to earn this designation. About one-quarter of births in the U.S. are in Baby Friendly facilities.
Sribanditmongkol retired from active duty in June, after 26 years of honorable and dedicated service.
Since then, Staten has continued the work done by Sribanditmongkol.
Boggs-Wilkerson, a Medical Corps officer and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is NBHC Jacksonville’s newest OIC.
Boggs-Wilkerson thanked Sribanditmongkol and Staten for preparing the staff for continued success, and setting an exceptionally high standard. “I’m thankful to be part of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s team at Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville, and I look forward to our journey ahead,” said Boggs-Wilkerson.
Boggs-Wilkerson earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and was commissioned in the Navy Medical Corps in 2006. She has served as a family medicine physician, deployment health and medical readiness program director, sexual assault medical forensic exam program coordinator, senior medical officer, and as the medical services director of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). In 2018, she completed Cornell University’s Business in Healthcare Leadership Course and earned the Operational Medicine Award from Uniformed Services Association of Family Physicians.
NBHC Jacksonville’s staff of about 160 active-duty Sailors, civilians and contractors provides services to 14 squadrons, 43 tenant commands (including Patrol Squadron 30, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast), 59 Reserve units, four Reserve officer training corps units and remote sites spanning the Bahamas, Caribbean and South America.
NBHC Jacksonville is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s six healthcare facilities across Florida and Georgia. NH Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care in an integrated system of readiness and health. NH Jacksonville serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including about 83,000 who are enrolled with a primary care manager. To find out more, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.
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