BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's senior medical officer lauded the efforts of Sailors and civilians at Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash., (NHB) during a visit to the facilities in the Pacific Northwest Aug. 2.
"Naval Hospital Bremerton is a proud example of the great work the men and women of Navy Medicine do every day to support Sailors, Marines and their families around the world," said Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., Navy surgeon general, chief, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). "Your reputation is spectacular in everything from providing for our beneficiaries to the residency program," said Robinson.
Robinson was joined by BUMED Force Master Chief (Fleet Marine Force) Laura A. Martinez for the visit which included meetings with command leadership as well as informal talks with enlisted staff members in NHB'S Terrace Dining Room and an all-hands admiral's Call in NHB's Ross Auditorium.
During the all-hand's call, Robinson thanked the staff for their role in providing care for their patients and families, as well as their role in supporting global operations.
"Navy Medicine exists around the world because our Navy is around the world," said Robinson. "We support our deployed assets that are doing everything to projecting power to engaging in humanitarian assistance missions such as USNS Mercy's (T-AH 19) key role in supporting Pacific Partnership 2010 in the western Pacific."
Robinson has long endorsed the use of Navy Medicine in superseding cultural and linguistic differences.
"Medicine serves as a common language and a common denominator that helps bridge existing barriers and is a cornerstone in bolstering global partnerships," he said.
Robinson stated that Navy Medicine is more involved than ever before in making lasting positive difference and staying engaged in three overlapping major points of emphasis - providing operational military support to the warfighter: continuing to provide garrison care for all eligible beneficiaries at home and overseas; and rendering humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions when called upon.
"Our OPTEMPO is not going down anytime soon," Robinson said, noting that the Navy will always provide medical needs for not only the Navy but the Marine Corps as well.
"The Kandahar base hospital is run by Navy, and the Marines are there in southern Afghanistan," said Robinson. "Helmand Province is very dangerous but wherever our forces go, Navy Medicine will be there alongside to support them."
There are approximately 21,000 Marines in Afghanistan.
According to Robinson, hospital corpsmen continue to uphold and prove their medical value on the field of battle.
"I've been in Iraq and Afghanistan several times in the last few years and most everyone I meet wants hospital corpsmen for their mission," he said. "We have some independent duty corpsmen capable of handling a general medical officer role. That's how well trained and how good they are."
Robinson also said that the continued support hospital corpsmen offer at military installations around the world will remain unchanged.
"The quality of care and ethos of service is second to none with everyone working together to give the best in patient and family-centered care," said Robinson. "Whether there is a war on or not, we will always do our best. Naval Hospital Bremerton epitomizes who we are. I am incredibly proud and humbled to be your surgeon general."
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