Navy's Top Doc Honors Medical Corps Birthday

Story Number: NNS120302-05Release Date: 3/2/2012 11:39:00 AM
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From Bureau of Medicine and Surgey Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy Surgeon General sent a message to the Navy Medical Corps on March 2 in honor of its birthday this Saturday, March 3.

"Today we celebrate the 141st Birthday of our Medical Corps," said Vice Adm. Matt L. Nathan, Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. "Navy physicians serve from the sea to the battlefield all the way to the halls of Congress and the White House. They serve in the aviation and undersea medical communities, and as astronauts exploring the frontiers of space."

The Medical Corps was founded March 3, 1871, with the mission of providing medical care to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel aboard ships and shore stations, as well as on the battlefield.

"I am understating it when I say that the Medical Corps' role has grown in complexity and value since 1871," said Nathan. "The Navy Medical Corps continues to pave new frontiers in biomedical research, medical education and training, and patient care delivery at our clinics, hospitals, aboard our afloat platforms, and in combat theaters."

Today, more than 4,000 active duty and Reserve Navy doctors serve with both the Navy and the Marine Corps throughout the world, providing exemplary care to Sailors, Marines and their families.

Speaking directly to the members of the Medical Corps Nathan said that the American people can be proud of what they are accomplishing.

"Our status with the American people and among those in the Navy and Marine Corps has never been higher," said Nathan. "They recognize that you have met the mission, answered the bell and set the bar high. They recognize that you are part of a group of people that stand up when called and step forward when needed. I want to convey my deep gratitude for your selfless service, your dedication and your sacrifice in order to accomplish the mission and serve those who serve. I am so proud to be your shipmate and it is my honor to serve with you."

As the Navy Surgeon General and Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Nathan leads 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel that provide healthcare support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.

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