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August 2013

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Va.

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NMCP Graduates Psychology Interns after Yearlong Program Story and photos by MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt NMCP Public Affairs

The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Psychology Internship Class of 2013 received their graduation certificates during an Aug. 20 ceremony, marking the completion of a year in the rigorous American Psychological Association accredited training program that prepares them to be Navy psychologists. The three graduates – Lt. Amanda Berg, Lt. Greg Matos and Lt. James Larsen – completed four, three-month rotations which exposed them to the many sides of being a psychologist. During the graduation ceremony, Thomas Kupke, psychology training director, Cmdr. James Reeves, director for Mental Health, and Cmdr. Walter LaBrie, Psychology Department head, spoke about their pride in the skills the new graduates have acquired and excitement for what lies ahead for them. “Our three graduates are very well qualified to begin their early Navy careers as psychologists,” Kupke said. “They’ve had exposure to the unique and special activities of the Navy psychologist, as well as being broadly trained to the point that

they could work in any mental health system.” They spent their rotations in the Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Wards, psychology assessment and at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program Clinic. “This was our last year of graduate training essentially,” said Larsen, who will be assigned to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. “This is kind of the intense clinical year where we do a lot of training in the clinic with our supervisors and working on our therapy skills and that sort of thing.” They also completed some training outside of the medical center, spending a week with the Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and a week aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. “We did some training in D.C. at the Center for Deployment Psychology also, so we kind of got a feel for the operational side a little bit,” Larsen added. The group agreed that it’s been a very demanding training year, and they have certainly learned a lot. “Thankfully, we’ve been a really close-knit group, so we gotten through this time together and really feel like we’re ready to move out to the fleet,” said Berg, who’s heading to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. “I’m very excited. It will be the first time that I’ll be acting as a staff psychologist in the Navy. I’ve been in the Navy for almost six years now, but pri— See Psych, Page 11

Postcards from NMCP Deployers Lt. j.g. Meghan Burns, a physicians assistant from Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk who is curently deployed with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, hands a stuffed animal to an Afghan orphan during a Key Leader Engagement to the Farah Orphanage. The donation of supplies was made in anticipation of Eid, the annual feast Muslims enjoy following observation of Ramadan. For more postcards from deployers in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, see page 13. Photo illustration by Lt. Chad A. Dulac

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Quick Scripts Combined Federal Campaign The Combined Federal Campaign runs from Sept. 1 thru Dec. 15. Donations can be made online at https://www. or via departmental CFC representatives. Command representatives are Lt. Jason Leidel, 953-8929; HMC Monica Ford, 953-4882; and FCC Steven Daggett; 953-9965.

NMCP YouTube Red Carpet Video Competition Everyone is invited to submit creative videos highlighting NMCP that represent the creator’s interpretation of Readiness, Jointness, Value, Honor, Courage and Commitment. Submission deadline is Sept. 10. This is an opportunity to showcase the best that NMCP offers, including NMCP staff, clinical services, patient population and Navy pride to name a few. Videos should be kept to a maximum

NMCP Ombudsman Team Pre-Deployment Brief The NMCP Ombudsman Team is here to help those attached to NMCP or its branch health clinics when you or a family member are preparing to deploy! The monthly pre-deployment brief is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel. Email us to join our Ombudsman email tree and learn the latest news. or (757) 953-1973

of two and a half minutes and content must be appropriate. Email your submissions to Lt. Cmdr. Shayne Morris at navalmedicalcenterportsmouth@gmail. com by URL or video file. After Sept. 10, vote on the NMCP You Tube site for your favorite video. The creators of the most popular video will be honored at an award ceremony in October. For more information contact Lt. Laura Letchworth at laura.letchworth@med. or Lt. Cmdr. Shayne Morris at

Insomnia Research Study Dr. John Seok, a staff neurologist and certified acupuncturist at NMCP is seeking volunteers – active duty or retired service members – who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-related insomnia, regardless of cause, to participate in his research study titled “The Effect of Acupuncture Treatment for PTSD-Related Insomnia.” The study

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will be conducted at NMCP’s Neurology Clinic. Study Overview: Study subjects with PTSD-related insomnia will be randomly assigned to either a control or experimental group. The experimental group will receive acupuncture; the control group will not. Subjects will be randomly assigned to one group or the other. Subjects will be followed for six months and evaluated during the study period. If interested or for further information, contact Dr. John Seok at john.seok@ or 953-2151.

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Davis Adds Director of Surgical Services to Career in Ophthalmology Care By Rebecca A. Perron NMCP Public Affairs

Capt. (sel) Kimberly D. Davis, an ophthalmologist, recently became the director for Surgical Services after spending years caring for patients as one of two glaucoma subspecialists in Navy Medicine. Davis originally reported to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in August 2012 as the director for Public Health Services before being selected for her current position. As an ophthalmologist, Davis is a specialist trained in ocular disease management and eye surgery. As the DSS, she has oversight of multiple surgical specialties, including neurosurgery, heart and vascular, and obstetrics and gynecology. In all, more than 1,100 staff in 13 departments comprises the directorate. A big goal for the directorate is the continual improvement in patient outcomes. That means a continual upgrade in the capabilities and cutting-edge surgical techniques used in the operating room. “We are upgrading our operating suites to incorporate integrated technology, facilitate robotics use, and improve patient and staff safety,” Davis said. “New equipment purchases are underway to replace and further modernize our gear. Surgical and clinical templates are being reviewed to maximize assets.” Given the continual need to upgrade equipment to keep up with medical advances, Davis said they must balance this need with being good stewards of resources. “The operating rooms are a dynamic environment, and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery is working with us to explore operative scheduling software that will optimize our resources by link-

Davis said. “Product lines and streamlining of care will produce consistency of outcomes through centers of excellence.” ing materials, staff and patient-specific Davis grew up in a family of Navy requirements to best schedule cases and Physicians. She completed her baccalauanalyze operating room use,” Davis said. reate degree at the University of Texas at They are also working with other Navy Austin and was commissioned in 1992. and military treatment facilities and local She graduated from the Uniformed Unipartners to standardize practices and im- versity of the Heath Sciences Medical prove efficiency. School in 1996, followed by a Transi“The health care supply chain man- tional Year Internship at National Naval agement through radiofrequency iden- Medical Center Bethesda. After a gentification devices holds the promise of eral medical officer tour, she completed improved accuracy of inventory, space ophthalmology residency at NMC San savings, reduced waste and just-in-time Diego. She was assigned as a staff ophthalmologist and department chairman in Puerto Rico and Pensacola, Fla., before completing a fellowship in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. She led the USNS Mercy Humanitarian Ophthalmology team during Pacific Partnership 2008. During this Southeast Asia mission, she mentored international surgeons and provided sight-restoring surgery in five countries. As a leader in Navy Graduate Photo by MC1 (SW/AW) Steven J. Weber Medical Education, she served product availability,” Davis said. “Com- three years as NMCSD Transitional Year munity analysis and marketing of our Program director for 75 interns. As Navy services will be essential as we work to Medical Corps Intern Specialty Leader, recapture network care and bring it back her responsibilities include mentorship to our world-class surgical teams.” and liaison between 31 training proRecapturing these network referrals grams, 300 residents and military mediis a priority of the Tidewater Enhanced cal leadership. Multi-Service Market that stands up locally in Hampton Capt. (sel) Kimbery Davis’ Highlights Roads and in five other arBoard-certified ophthalmologist eas Oct. 1. The eMSM gives medically facilities from all Active fellow of the American Academy of services in a local area the Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, ability to work together as American Society of Cataract and Refractive one entity, partially by movSurgeons, and American Glaucoma Society ing around staff and funding Member of American College of Healthcare to provide the most efficient Executives; working on a Master of Business and advanced health care. Administration in Healthcare Administration “This concept will epitomize the (Navy) surgeon Serves on the Women in Ophthalmology Board general’s goals as we work of Directors mentoring the next generation of together for the benefit or female surgical leaders our tri-service beneficiaries,”

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NMCP, Norfolk FFSC, MWR Team Up for Fit Kids Health Fair Story and photos by Rebecca A. Perron NMCP Public Affairs

Dozens of children and family members stopped by the Norfolk Fleet and Family Support Center Aug. 2 for the Fit Kids Health Fair that featured staff from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Norfolk Library who offered tips on improving nutrition and exercise. The fair was meant to augment the 11 parenting programs that FFSC routinely offers to improve families’ healthy habits and expand parenting skills and resources. During the fair, FFSC staff addressed stress management and encouraged families to have planning meetings to talk about meals and activities. “The intent is to arm our parents with as many resources and tools to assist their children and themselves with adding healthy activities and healthy nutrition,” said Alex Ottaviani, FFSC Norfolk site manager. “We want them to look at the trend of childhood obesity and adult obesity, and as a family unit, instill as many healthy habits as possible.” Children were drawn to the many tables with hands-on displays, including one staffed by Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Randy Wokeme, a nutrition and tobacco cessation educator from the Health Promotions Department at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk. Wokeme handed out pamphlets to parents and made sure they knew about the TRICARE benefits for help in quitting tobacco use, which includes access to counselors and medications. Wokeme also talked to the kids, letting them handle a jiggly block of rubber that symbolized one pound of fat and touch a model of teeth that showed damage from tobacco products. “We educate people on a healthy lifestyle, which can include

HM2 (FMF) Randy Wokeme, a nutrition and tobacco cessation educator from the Health Promotions Department at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk, talks to one of the children about the damage that using tobacco products can do to teeth.

quitting smoking, so I brought out a lot of stuff for tobacco cessation,” Wokeme said. “On the nutrition side, I’m sharing food facts about fast food. Some restaurants are adding healthier menu choices, but not all of them, and people still need to pay attention to the calorie and fat content.” Aside from the displays and the book and crafting table provided by the library, children were entertained by a puppet show. During the show, one puppet gave fun space names to fruits and vegetables to encourage the picky eater puppet to try new foods. Then the children were taken outside for an exercise session led by Robin Hammond, an MWR supervisory recreation specialist. While Hammond led the kids in exercises like squats, sprints and jumping jacks for about 30 minutes, NMCP registered nutritionist Lt. Melissa Amescua spoke to the parents inside. Amescua gave tips for helping with picky eaters and suggested they use for meal planning. “My goal is to reinforce the importance of good nutrition, because obesity and unhealthy eating is leading to a number of diseases,” Amescua said. “I’m encouraging parents to add food into foods, and that as a child’s taste changes, it can take 10-15 times of trying a food before a child likes it. Focus on foods from the ground and less processed foods.” Amescua said that many children get about 40 percent of their calories from beverages, which is good if it’s part of three servings of low-fat dairy or one or two four-ounce servings of 100 percent juice per day. Her concern is the amount of sugary sodas and other beverages children are consuming. “Even artificial sweeteners can pose a problem since they increase the appetite and the desire for sugary beverages,” Amescua said. “I suggest flavoring plain water with cucumbers or fruit slices. Even NMCP registered nutritionist Lt. Melissa Amescua offers a prize to James, 7, while calling on Kiersten, 5, to answer a question about — See kids, continued on next page types of vegetables.

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Maruszewski Commissioned in Chaplain Corps Photos by Rebecca A. Perron NMCP Public Affairs

Congratulations to Lt. j.g. Jonathan Maruszewski who started off Aug. 2 as an hospital corpsman first class and was commissioned into the Chaplain Corps during a ceremony in the chapel. Lt. Cmdr. Mark Edwards administered the commissioning oath and Maruszewski’s wife, Delta, and his sons pinned on his new collar devices. Maruszewski completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Theology at Trinity Bible College in North Dakota before joining the Navy nearly 15 years ago. He served at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Wash., and U.S. Naval Hospital Guam before becoming a bio-medical equipment technician and reporting to NMCP in 2008. Maruszewski completed the requirements to be accepted into the Chaplain Corps in 2012 and was selected for commission in February. Upon completion of Officer Development School and Joint Service Chaplain School, he will report to USS Wasp.

Lt. j.g. Jonathan Maruszewski’s Chaplain Corps collar device is pinned on by his sons.

Lt. j.g. Jonathan Maruszewski receives his first salute as an officer from HMC (SW) Sean Buckley. Left: Delta Maruszewski pins a collar device onto her husband’s uniform during Lt. j.g. Jonathan Maruszewski’s commissioning ceremony.

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watering down 100 percent juice can be helpful.” Amescua encouraged parents to use the many resources available to them, including those online like the USDA website and She also reminded them of the availability of nutritionists at NMCP or at one of the branch health clinics. Nutritionists can provide an individual assessment for a child’s specific nutritional needs. The fair finished up with Amescua and Hammond switching groups – Hammond spoke to the parents about fun ways to get their children to be more active, while Amescua worked with the kids to fill out their own food plate. Amescua quizzed them about the different food groups and gave prizes for correct answers. She helped them identify healthier food choices, like drinking skim milk and water, rather than soda; choosing whole-grain or whole wheat bread products; and eating more fruits and vegetables, as they colored in their plate.

“I came to the health fair to learn about better snacks and to be better informed about nutrition,” said Julie Smeltzer after her daughters, Jasmine, 9, Harmony, 7, and Melody, 5, finished filling out their food plate. “The big tip I’m taking away is to include them in the grocery shopping because it’s good for them to learn, and to get them more involved in the kitchen in preparing food.” FFSC plans to offer more Fit Kids Health Fairs in the future. In the meantime, parents can get information or sign up for a parenting class at their local FFSC; contact their local MWR office for information about the activities they offer; or schedule an appointment with a health promotion or nutrition counselor at NMCP or at the Naval Base Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek and Naval Air Station Oceana branch health clinics.

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Joint Residency Programs Prepare Docs for Joint-Service Medicine

it is a four-year program after internship,” said Cmdr. Christopher T. Kuzniewski, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program director chief. “My residents during those four years will rotate through nine subBy Rebecca A. Perron specialties. When they leave here, they are competent, boardNMCP Public Affairs certified radiologists who can practice anywhere in the world.” According to Kuzniewski, training together helps to increase July 29 marks the end of the first month of training for many patient safety and satisfaction, and with the continual integraNavy doctors who have begun another year of residency at Na- tion of health care among the services, joint training also helps val Medical Center Portsmouth, but also for doctors from other prepare the doctors for the joint-services environment. “It helps me know how different services interact, because I uniformed services. Among NMCP’s 17 residency programs, four are joint, host- get to see the Navy, Marine Corps and the Air Force patients we ing doctors from the Air Force and the U.S. Public Health Ser- have here, and occasionally Army, too,” said Lt. Elizabeth Hosselkus, a third-year vice. The programs are radiradiology resident ology, obstetrics/gynecology, “This is all I know. I’ve never been stationed at an Air Force and a member of pediatrics and psychiatry. hospital. Over the years, I have increased responsibility in the U.S. Public Military physicians have Labor and Delivery and in the operating room. Everyone here Health Service. already completed their first is great. I love my Navy colleagues.” “I’m an Air Force year of residency during their brat, so it’s nice to internship year. An intern is a — Air Force Capt. Bethany Mulla, fourth-year OB/GYN resident stay in the military physician who has completed system and that famedical school, but does not have a full license to practice medicine unsupervised. After miliarity. The Navy is different, but similar at the same time.” Hosselkus already sees the value of training in the joint encompleting this first year of post-graduate train¬ing, interns are either assigned to commands and military treatment facilities as vironment. “Having a joint program adds to diversity and opens up flight surgeons or general medical officers, or they will continue viewpoints to other ways of doing things,” Hosselkus said. “If with specialized training. When they begin their residency, they are already considered you can step outside your usual thought patterns and think of second-year residents, or R2s. Some graduate from their intern- something from a different angle, it’s helpful. It is immensely ship year and go straight into resident status, or continue the valuable having this firsthand knowledge about how the operations of the Navy and other service work.” training after a GMO tour. While Hosselkus is one of a handful of USPHS doctors in the “We take people who have already done their internship, and radiology and psychiatry programs, it’s the Air Force that has the bigger presence in the OB/GYN and pediatrics programs. NMCP initially picked up 10 Air Force residents after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast disrupting the programs at Keesler Air Force Base and leaving the residents without a place to train. Now the two programs have expanded to permanently offer 26 positions, which means more patients can be cared for at the medical center. Capt. Michael Bidus, OB/GYN Residency Program director, sees the strength of the program in the pool of highly qualified candidates, which enables the program to remain healthy in the current environment of limited budgets and the need for highly capable staff. “The population here still needs to be cared for and having the Air Force involved solidifies the applicant pool,” Bidus said. “We work well across the region as they sometimes train at the hospital at Langley. If this is any indication about what it’s like Photo by Seaman Bradley Shadowens to do jointness, it’s a really good move.” Pediatric resident Lt. Ashley Walker helps Air Force medi“It’s nice being able to work with the other branches,” said cal student 2nd Lt. Charles Dunn place an IV in a pediatric Air Force Capt. Bethany Mulla, a fourth-year OB/GYN resimannequin in NMCP’s Simulation Center. Training at NMCP dent. “This is all I know. I’ve never been stationed at an Air for Navy and Air Force medical students, interns and resiForce hospital. Over the years, I have increased responsibility dents who are specializing in pediatrics help prepare these physicians and future physicians to provide health care in — See resident, next page a joint environment.

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NMCP Welcomes U.S. Congress, Supreme Court Attending Physician Photos by MC1 (SW/AW) Steven Weber NMCP Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Brian Monahan, attending physician of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Supreme Court, visited Naval Medical Center Portsmouth on Aug. 13 to familiarize himself with the capabilities of the medical center. He kicked off the visit by meeting with Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, NMCP commander. He then toured the emergency room, Simulation Center, Internal Medicine and Hematolgy/Oncolgy clinics, laboratory, Ambulatory Infusion Center and several inpatient wards. He also spoke with Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine residents and presented an award to HM2 Brittani Morrow. Below: Cmdr. Michael Spooner, Simulation Center director, speaks about the state-of-the-art mannequins to Rear Adm. Brian Monahan, including the maternal and neonatal birthing simulator.

Rear Adm. Brian Monahan, presents a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to HM2 Brittani Morrow, as an end-of-tour award following her transfer from his command to NMCP.

Rear Adm. Brian Monahan, attending physician of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, NMCP commander, during his Aug. 13 visit.

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in Labor and Delivery and in the operating room. Everyone here is great. I love my Navy colleagues.” Rita Rountree, OB/GYN Residency Program coordinator, believes a big advantage for the residents is the lifelong connections they make. “It may seem as though we have a lot of doctors, but each specialty is a small community,” Rountree explained. “Regardless of service, when you’re in a class, you become a small-knit group. Now you have someone you can call in another location and say, ‘I’ve got this patient. What do you think?’ I think it makes them more rounded.” The Pediatric Residency Program has the largest group of non-Navy residents with 18 from the Air Force. Air Force Capt.

Aaron Brady, chief of pediatric residents, was excited to be in the group that graduated in June. He enjoyed his time at NMCP so much, he applied for and received the job of chief resident in the Pediatrics Department. “I couldn’t have imagined a better place to train as a resident,” Brady said. “I looked into all options available as an Air Force resident, and this was the best program I could find. It has proven to be a great place to train. We get to see a variety of patients; we acquire a lot of skills and get to do a lot of procedures. We have a close-knit community between the Air Force and the residents. “As a doctor, you are going to be dealing with people from all different branches,” Brady concluded. “Knowing what to expect is really helpful, and it’s one of the really cool things about being here versus being at an Air Force facility.”

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Santa, His Elves Bring Toys to Pediatric Patients Story and photos MC1 (SW/AW) Steven J. Weber NMCP Public Affairs

The 90-degree temperatures and high humidity did not keep away about 80 leather-clad bikers who were on a mission to deliver toys to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s pediatric patients July 21 during “Christmas in July.” Veteran motorcycle clubs fund this event through personal donations made by the bikers and other members of the clubs they belong to and purchase the toys for the kids. They also receive money and toys donated from local companies. Twice a year, they bring toys to NMCP in a long line of rumbling motorcycles and help Santa pass them out to the kids. This time they brought approximately 300 gifts for service members’ children being treated in the hospital. Santa, in his red suit, was accompanied by motorcycle riders representing Rolling Thunder, Chapter 5; American Legion Riders, Southern Virginia Chapter, Chapter 2, Two Rivers Chapter, Chapter 368, Chapter 327 and Chapter 75; and the Sons of Poseidon. The multi-club collaboration is organized by NMCP’s American Red Cross station, Chris Brogan, NMCP’s child life specialist, and Rolling Thunder. It has existed for about 13 years. The group was greeted by Capt. James L. Hancock, NMCP deputy commander, who welcomed Santa, the riders and Red Cross volunteers. Brogan and Prerana Korpe, NMCP’s American Red Cross station manager, escorted the group to the Emergency Room, where they surprised two children in the waiting area. The moved up to the Pediatrics Ward and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to meet with seven children and their parents, giving not only toys, but smiles and a moment of less worry. “I think the bikers are inspiring as they bring a gift to a child,” Brogan said. “They are simultaneously offering themselves as a symbolic gift to that child’s family that is facing difficult days as their child is facing health concerns. They embody the gift of caring and an unspoken message to the parents and the service member, ‘We are here for you.’”

Capt. James Hancock, NMCP deputy commander, was at NMCP’s main entrance to meet Santa and his Rolling Thunder, American Legion Riders and Sons of Poseidon elves. “We do this for the children,” said Pat Hamrick, president of Rolling Thunder Chapter 5. “It’s the look in the eyes when they see Santa walk in. This is my favorite event that we do I would rather do this event than any other.” “The great thing about being at NMCP is that we get to witness heroes serving heroes every day,” Korpe said. “What is admirable about them is that they demonstrate to us that this same spirit of patriotism and altruism remains intact, wherever the road may lead. Twice a year, this group selflessly travels many miles through both extreme heat and cold to visit our hospital, distributing toys to pediatric patients.” Not only do these motorcycle clubs bring toys for the event, but enough to last long after their departure. “The toys that are donated by this group make up the majority of the Red Cross toy supply available to us during any given year,” Korpe said. “Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we are able to brighten a child’s day, not only during Christmas in July, but throughout the year. Endowing us with such a gift is truly priceless.” After spreading Christmas cheer to the children and families at the hospital, the visitors went to the galley to enjoy refreshments provided by the First Class Petty Officers Association and Junior Enlisted Association. The riders will come back to NMCP in December for Operation Bright Light where they will again deliver toys to the kids.

About 85 motorcyclists on 75 bikes escorted Santa to NMCP July 21 for Christmas in July.

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Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Relations Visits NMCP Photos by MC1 (SW/AW) Steven J. Weber NMCP Public Affairs

Santa and two of his biker elves give a stuffed animal to a young girl in the Emergency Room waiting area.

The Hon. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Relations for the Commonwealth of Virginia, made his first visit to NMCP Aug. 15 to familiarize himself with resources and services that both his agency and the Navy provide. These include job placement assistance for veterans and assistance for family members with health care conditions that qualify them for the Exceptional Family Member Program. During the visit, he met with Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner, NMCP commander, and then toured the emergency room, Simulation Center and Wounded Warrior Patriots’ Inn. Rear Adm. Elaine C. Wagner, NMCP commander, and the Hon. Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Relations for the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the balcony of historic Bldg. 1.

Santa and his biker elves with patient Ryan Steele and his mother, Mary, in the Pediatrics Ward to give him a present for “Christmas in July.”

Santa and his biker elves give patient Adam David a present in the Pediatrics Ward during “Christmas in July.”

Lt. Cmdr. Daniel D’Aurora, Emergency Medicine Department assistant department head, center, speaks with the Hon. Bill Hazel about the capabilities of NMCP’s emergency room.


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Descendants of 1850s Medical Director Tour Hospital, Cemetery ied in the Captain Theodore H. Conaway NMCP Public Affairs Memorial Naval Cemetery Two descendants of Dr. Lewis W. on the NMCP Minor, a Navy surgeon and the sixth grounds. The and eighth medical director of Naval family had preMedical Center Portsmouth, visited the viously believed medical center Aug. 15 to see the his- he was buried toric building where Minor served in in Alabama or the 1850s and to see his and his oldest Florida. Lewis Minor Parks reads the grave marker of James I. Minor, Parks, along child’s grave. Dr. Lewis W. Minor’s oldest child who died during the Yellow Minor was in charge of NMCP from with his father Fever Epidemic of 1855. Minor requested to be buried near his 1850 – 1852 and from 1855 – 1858, in Victor “Skip” son, and his grave is in the next row (tall marker, upper right). greatthe decade prior to the Civil War when Parks, Bldg. 1 was the hospital, was only 20 great grandson of Minor, was greeted ning of the visit, showing off the detail years old and was called Norfolk Naval by the command historian, Al Cutchin, of the sword. Wagner was surprised by and Peter Kopacz, NMCP’s executive the rough feel of the shark skin on the Hospital. A street on the NMCP compound is director. Being in the same place as the grip. They also discussed the impornamed for Minor, who is remembered ancestor he was named after was emo- tance of the decision to treatment local residents during the epidemic, a decifor overseeing the treatment of residents tional for Parks. “You get a chance to step into his sion that saved the lives of hundreds. of Norfolk and Portsmouth at the hospiCutchin then showed the father and tal during the Yellow Fever Epidemic in shoes and view the things that he saw,” Parks said. “The presence of him is still son areas of the building where Minor the summer of 1855. Lewis Minor Parks, great-great-great here. It makes you think about putting would have worked and lived – an ofgrandson and namesake of Minor, origi- yourself in the time and place of these fice on the second floor near the foyer nally contacted the command to inquire people. It was their everyday life in tak- and in staff apartments on the third floor about the existence of an official portrait ing care of people. And to see the re- where the Command Suite is now. He of Minor and if he could visit to see it. spect given to Dr. Minor, it just takes also showed them a display in the library with a cast replica of the Yellow Parks then learned that Minor was bur- you back. “Out of all of his Fever Medal presented to six naval hosgrand children and pital surgeons, including Minor, by the great grand children, I Common Council of Portsmouth. The final stop was the cemetery. Parks was named after him,” Parks added. “My par- stopped by Minor’s grave first, reading ents thought enough the inscription on the marker, before of me to put some big looking over the adjacent grave of Mishoes in front of me nor’s oldest child, James, who died from yellow fever in 1855 at the age of nine. for me to try to fill.” “Seeing the graves and reading the The Parks brought with them two por- markers is something I thought I would traits of Minor and never do,” Parks said. “Looking at all of Minor’s ceremonial the documentation the family has, we sword, now a trea- thought he and his wife were buried in sured family heir- Mobile, Ala., or Pensacola, Fla.” Minor’s wife, Eloise, is buried with loom. They met with their other two children, Lucy and Lewis Rear Adm. Elaine C. Lewis Minor Parks points out the details of Dr. Lewis Jr., in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Wagner, NMCP comW. Minor’s ceremonial sword to Rear Adm. Elaine C. Cemetery in Norfolk. mander, at the beginWagner, NMCP commander.

Story and photos by Rebecca A. Perron

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From left, Lt. Greg Matos, Lt. Amanda Berg and Lt. James Larsen, the NMCP Psychology Internship Class of 2013.

marily as a trainee, so this is my first opportunity to really be a staff member, and I am excited to serve our service members and their families.” For Matos, his next assignment at Camp Lejeune treating service members and their families will be in familiar territory – Matos joined the Navy to become a psychologist after being a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 2002 to 2006. “There aren’t clinical psychologists in the Marine Corps,” said Matos. “So this was really the best bet for me to be able to provide services and care like this.” This is the third year of the Psychology Internship Program at NMCP, following its return after a hiatus of six years. The program was initially instituted at NMCP in 1990, but was discontinued in 2004. It was reinstated in 2010 when the Navy determined it was in need of more psychologists. The first returning class graduated in 2011.

Red Cross Summer Youth Volunteers Recognized Story and photos by MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt NMCP Public Affairs

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth recognized 31 of the 48 Red Cross Summer Youth volunteers with a ceremony in the auditorium Thirty-one of the 48 Red Cross Summer Youth volunteers are recognized Aug. 12. Each volunteer received a certificate for their work this summer at an Aug. 12 ceremony. and miniature backpack as thanks for their time medicine or even the military would be a career path that they and efforts. The program has been running for more than 21 years, and would like for the future. The hospital also benefits from being able to influence and teach our younger generation.” this is the largest group of volunteers in the program’s history. Each volunteer’s schedule varies; however, volunteers typiIt is geared toward teenagers ages of 14 – 17 and they volunteer for eight weeks during the summer. They provided more cally come in two or three times a week and volunteer approxithan $15,000 worth of services including taking patients’ vital mately 10 – 12 hours each week. “They really exemplify the helping spirit of America because signs and performing administrative work. “These teenagers are our future,” said Beth Schumann, chair- it starts early,” said Prerana “Neelum” Korpe, American Red man for the Red Cross Youth Program. “The volunteers benefit Cross station manager. “Their contributions are really phenomfrom the program in several ways. First, I try and teach work enal. I think it’s a unique thing because you have a generation ethics to the teenagers. This is a job even if they are not being of young folks coming in with a great helping attitude, but it paid for it, and it comes with responsibilities. The volunteers wouldn’t be possible without staff members here, who are willbenefit because they learn about medicine and other jobs with- ing to take time out of their days to support the program and in a hospital. The program has helped the teenagers decide if really make it meaningful for these volunteers.”


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Senior Sailor of the Quarter As leading petty officer for the navy’s largest and busiest emergency medicine department, Hospital Corpsman First Class (SW/FMF) Duane E. Paquette led 65 enlisted personnel, ensuring delivery of quality health care to more than 21,000 beneficiaries. In an effort to decrease patient wait times, his exceptional treatment of 62 Fast Track and Occupational Health patients led to increased customer satisfaction. His dedication to customer service was evidenced by his receiving 12 certificates of excellence. His dedication to his Sailors and facilitation of 39 Career Development Boards resulted in four reenlistments and a 100 percent retention rate.

Photos by MC1 (SW/AW) Steven J. Weber

Sailor of the Quarter As the Basic Life Support director at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW) Jacklyn L. Davis monitored 166 satellite commands and coordinated with 274 instructors in qualifying more than 840 students throughout the fleet. Additionally, her efforts in co-facilitating Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training for 50 personnel ensured active-duty staff were given the knowledge to confront and prevent sexual assault throughout the Navy.

Junior Sailor of the Quarter Hospital Corpsman Third Class (SW) Stacey P. Millsaps’ tireless efforts contributed to two successful internal career development audits and the skillful management of career enhancing programs. Her efforts, knowledge and leadership have resulted in a remarkable 100 percent completion rate for career way point and on-time submissions. She selflessly coordinated 80 hours of community service enhancing community ties.

Blue Jacket of the Quarter As the Critical Care Department assistant leading petty officer, Hospitalman Christian R. Melenedez expertly trained, mentored and guided 48 sailors in two divisions. His efforts ensured quality health care to more than 400 beneficiaries. He independently managed four schedules within the Intensive Care Unit ensuring adequate staffing and telemetry coverage for four rotating 12-hour shifts. As an active field medical training battalion physical fitness leader, he led and participated in more than 36 hours of training for 10 sailors, ensuring they are prepared for orders with the fleet marine force.

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Postcards From Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay Deployers

Joint Task Force Guantánamo Bay’s Joint Medical Group, including NMCP personnel Cmdr. Kathleen Hinz, Lt. Penelope Heiges, Lt. Derek Maier, Lt. j.g. Blake Debooth, Lt. j.g. Jennifer Motzkus, Lt. j.g. Ryan Richards and Lt. j.g. Jennifer Ziegler.

Lt. j.g. Matthew Lawson, a Medical-Surgical nurse for NMCP’s General/Specialty Surgery Ward, has been deployed to GITMO since January 2013 and was recently awarded a Joint Service Achievement Medal for actions during a mission in April.

Lt. j.g. Meghan Burns, right, a physicians assistant from Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk and who is currently deployed with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, along with other members of PRT Farah, gives a certificate to the director of a local hospital for his work establishing a feeding program for children up to age 5. PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district and provincial levels in Farah province, Afghanistan.

Capt. Clifford Smith and Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Oxner, two of those pictured, are NMCP staff deployed with U.S. Medical Role 2e and the Australian Role 1 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is diverse with active duty and reservists.


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Civilian in the Spotlight Bobbi Cannon Hometown: Santa Rita, Guam Years of civilian service: 28 years Job: Directorate timekeeper What do you like most about your job? It’s challenging on a day-to-day basis, ever changing, and last but not least, working with my two bosses. What do you do in your off duty time/hobbies: Reading, crabbing and just being with my family. Favorite movie: Any horror movies Favorite food: Anything spicy Anything interesting about yourself that you would like to tell us? I love to make island home-cooked dishes and bring them in to feed my co-workers.

Photos by MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt

Why was she nominated as Civilian in the Spotlight? “No job is too large for Ms. Cannon,” said Capt. Karen DiRenzo, associate director, Quality Management. “As the directorate timekeeper, she streamlined processes and is always willing to train others when changes are made to the system to ensure that records are audit ready. She is thoughtful in her interactions with others and provides exceptional customer service and training on the Patient Safety Reporting System.”

Sailor in the Spotlight HM1 Yolinda Ellison Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C. Years of naval service: 19 years Job: Patient safety manager What do you like most about your job? The job requires a lot of teamwork and clear communication. What do you do in your off duty time/hobbies: Read and try out new recipes. Favorite movie: Hustle & Flow Favorite food: Spaghetti Anything interesting about yourself that you would like to tell us? I love to style hair and decorate a house. Why was he nominated as Sailor in the Spotlight? “HM1 Ellison is an advocate for patients and the safe delivery of health care,” said Capt. Karen DiRenzo, associate director, Quality Management. “She is willing to share her knowledge with others while assisting junior corpsmen to understand the role they play in patient safety. Upon returning from the Basic Patient Safety Course, she co-facilitated a complex Root Cause Analysis that required face-to-face interviews with all levels of staff.”

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August Awards Meritorious Service Medal

Capt. Christopher Kurtz Cmdr. Jeffery Johnson Cmdr. Shari Kennedy

Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Capt. Brent Neubauer Cmdr. Ralph Butler Cmdr. Katherine Austin Lt. Col. Krinnon Moccia Cmdr. Stuart Shippey Cmdr. David Weis Lt. Cmdr. Ronit Gilad Lt. Cmdr. Shauna O’Sullivan Lt. Cmdr. Mark Thomas Lt. Mary Cava Lt. Marlow Levy Lt. j.g. Victoria Holzapfel HMCS (SW/AW/FMF) Kevin Kennovin HMC (SW/AW) Anthony Klein HM1 Stephanie Trossbach HM2 Heather Lehmkuhl

Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Lt. Briyith Avalos Lt. Samuel Weber Lt. j.g. Kathryn Miller Lt. j.g. Jennifer Nestor Lt. j.g. Jonathan Palmer LSC (AW/SW) Nicole Hughes QM1 (SW/AW) Dyana Curtis HM1 (EXW) Patrick Perdew AS2 (AW) Pierre Angeles HM2 (FMF/SW) Oliver Colombine HM2 (SW/AW) Magan Delussey HM2 (SW/FMF) Eli Garcia HM2 Kari Harty HM2 (FMF) John Kippes Jr. HM2 Robert Murphy HM2 (FMF) Chaderick Spain HM2 David Warren HM3 Chloe Easter HM3 Gerald Hockensmith HM3 Morgan Vandesande

NMCP Celebrates 66 Years of Medical Service Corps by

Story and photo MC2 (SW) Anna Arndt NMCP Public Affairs

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth celebrated the Medical Service Corps 66th birthday with a cake cutting on Aug. 16. The Medical Service Corps was established under President Harry S. Truman, who signed the Army-Navy Medical Service Corps Act on Aug. 4, 1947. Today there are approximately 2,600 officers on active duty, serving within the 31 specialties of MSC. During the ceremony, Cmdr. Kevin Brown read the Medical Corps letter, Cmdr. Daniel Kirkwood read the Dental Corps letter, Capt. Mary K. Nunley read the Nurse Corps letter, Lt. Cmdr. Lorena Griffin read the Medical Service Corps letter, CMDCM Michael James read the Force Master Chief letter, and Rear Adm. Elaine Wagner, NMCP com-

mander, read the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery letter. “As you know, the Medical Service Corps has worked side-by-side with your

shipmates in the Medical Corps,” wrote Rear Adm. Colin Chin, Chief, U.S. Navy Medical Corps. “It is because of the superb efforts of your operational officers, administrators, and clinicians that Navy Medicine can assist those in their time of greatest need. We have partnered ashore and at sea, in times of peace and of peril, ensuring that our service members and our beneficiaries continually receive the best care and comfort available.” Following the ceremony, Capt. Debra Soyk, the most senior MSC officer, and Ensign Juan Alvarez, the most junior MSC officer, both from the laboratory, cut the cake. Capt. Debra Soyk, the most senior MSC officer, and Ensign Juan Alvarez, the most junior MSC officer, both from the laboratory, cut the cake at the Medical Service Corps 66th birthday celebration.

Shipmate of the Month

Photo by MC1 (SW/AW) Steven J. Weber

HM2 Carla F. Santiago, DPC HN Kelsie Alexander, DPE HN Logan Eastburn, DQM HN Joseph H. Gray, DSS HN Teagann Wilson Heward, DNS

HN Jonathan Lamay, DCSS HN Joao Paulo Lima, DPHS HN Richard B. Schuetrum, DMS HN Jazalin J. Unpingcodiaz, DFA HN Victoria La’Ree Wilson, DMH

August Mentor of the Month The 205 Sailors of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Emergency Department provide care to more than 6,500 patients per month. Lt. Cmdr. Daniel D’Aurora, the assistant department head, is directly responsible for those Sailors, their career development and professional education. D’Aurora reported to NMCP in September 2011 from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Although he is an official mentor to 25 personnel, D’Aurora’s impact as a mentor extends far beyond the uniform and the ER. “I have served in the capacity of mentor to a variety of staff,” said D’Aurora. “Enlisted personnel, officers, civil service employees, all types of positions. I feel that everyone I come in contact with is an opportunity to mentor someone. I always try to make sure my interactions with any staff members are meaningful.” His mentoring philosophy includes using his 17 years of naval service and

his education to assist his mentees and staff with developing and achieving career goals. He ensures his availability for them and shares his past experiences to provide insight as they face multiple career paths. “It’s beneficial because it provides an opportunity to pass on what a mentor knows and has learned,” said D’Aurora. “It also helps the mentor learn things from the mentee in a new perspective. The collaborative nature of the mentor/mentee relationship is positive for both sides and the facility. “To be a good mentor, you have to be committed to it,” added D’Aurora. “You have to have perseverance. No matter how daunting, you have

to push forward. Nothing worth doing comes easily.”

Would you like to become a mentor or find a mentor? Check out the Mentor Program on the Intranet to find valuable information about mentoring at NMCP. Go to the directory website map and look under “M” to learn more and join the Mentor Program today. Everyone is welcome.

Photo by MC2 (SW) Kris Rojas

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