SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Third Fleet (C3F) hosted, for the first time, nearly 70 medical personnel from various staffs, ships and contracting agencies for a Fleet Health Integration Panel (FHIP) Sept. 22-26.
This FHIP was led by U.S. Fleet Forces and was held to achieve standardized practices, and present a unified view of Fleet Health Services.
Conference facilitators stressed the importance of providing standard health care for all personnel and maintaining the mental health of our Sailors and Marines.
"In this room, there is over 1,000 years of military medical experience," said Capt. James Hancock, U.S. Fleet Forces surgeon. "Right now we have health care, meaning if you get sick we can treat it. If we look at it from a health prospective, we're going to look at you before you get sick and look at ways we can make that better. There's only one Navy medicine because the fleet and hospitals are integrated. We have to make sure we go from health care to health."
Hancock added there are many more services being provided for Sailors aboard ships including mental health assists. These are an added benefit because now Sailors can be treated wherever they are, rather than having to be removed from the ship.
"We deploy forces all over the world," said Capt. Tim Hinman, C3F Fleet surgeon. "We are an operational level work command that provides operational connectivity to 55,000 Sailors in this Area of Responsibility. One of Navy medicine's main goals is to promote the health of all Sailors and promote readiness. If we're doing our job right the readiness will follow."
The panel convenes twice a year and is usually held in Norfolk or San Diego.
U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
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