Tag Archives: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

I am Navy Medicine: Dr. Jeffery B. Cole

By Dr. Jeffrey B. Cole, deputy chief operating officer and medical director, Tidewater Military Health System   PORTSMOUTH, Va. – I have the honor of being the deputy chief operating officer and medical director for the Tidewater Military Health System—an integrated medical market consisting of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley and McDonald Army Health Center. My …

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I am Navy Medicine – Barry K. Heffner

By Barry K. Heffner, Navy Medicine East Management Analyst PORTSMOUTH, Va. – I first became interested in a career with Navy Medicine during my senior year at Pottsville Area High School in Pennsylvania. I was very interested in trying something different besides living in my small hometown in Pennsylvania and going to college.  So I visited my local Navy recruiter. …

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A Starting Line for SPRINT: The Beginning of the Navy’s Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team

By Andre’ B. Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian The special psychiatric rapid intervention team (SPRINT) is marking four decades since it was first developed by a team of psychiatrists at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. Early in 1976, psychiatrists involved with the care of survivors from USS Belknap accident began seeing an incidence of marital problems, …

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Navy Medicine’s Role in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

By Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/SW) Jared Knogge, Navy Medicine East, SAPR Program Manager This year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Months’ slogan, “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault,” truly embodies the Armed Forces role in curtailing these events. Navy Medicine has led the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program this year.  The Navy Surgeon General, Vice Adm. Matthew …

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The Early Years of Navy Hospitals: From 1804 to Present

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Two hundred and ten years ago, Navy Surgeon Edward Cutbush established Naval Syracuse, Sicily to provide medical support for the Mediterranean Fleet then engaged in war with the Barbary States (1). Although other medical facilities did exist around this time, Naval Hospital Syracuse was the first hospital to be …

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