DVIDS – News – Leadership changes hands at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville, Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Jacksonville Market


Captain Teresa Allen handed over leadership of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Jacksonville, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville and Jacksonville Marketplace to Captain Sharon House in a ceremony August 5.

The event was broadcast live for staff, patients and the public.

Rear Adm. Matthew Case, Commander, Naval Medical Forces Atlantic presided over the change of command of NMRTC Jacksonville. Dr. Brian C. Lein, Deputy Director, Defense Health Agency, chaired the Change of Authority for NH Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Market. Cmdt. Juan Rosario, director of administration for NMRTC Jacksonville, NH Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Market, served as emcee.

Case praised Allen’s leadership, commitment and people-centered approach as director of NH Jacksonville and commanding officer of NMRTC Jacksonville. “Your commitment to ensuring a medically ready force and a medically ready force is impressive,” Case said. “Your leadership during a global pandemic has helped deliver over 80,000 COVID-19 vaccines to the Northeast Florida community, while safely providing routine and preventative health care to the diverse patient population. active duty, retirees and families. You and your staff effectively transferred 673 civilian personnel from the Department of the Navy to the Department of Defense, providing the first full transition and certification of a Navy market. Thank you for a job well done, keeping our Navy and Marine Corps family healthy, ready and working.

Case also noted that House comes to NH Jacksonville with a strong track record and impressive credentials.

Allen thanked the staff for focusing on the patient, caring for themselves and others, and leading in times of great change.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you as Director and Commander,” Allen said. “The past two years have been an incredible journey and the highlight of my naval career thus far. Thank you to all of the personnel – military, civilian, contract and volunteer – at our hospital and our five branch health clinics. I am so proud of all you have done to provide safe, high quality care to our patients. I am privileged to have served with you. Captain House, you take command of a high performing team that is committed to healing our nation’s heroes.

NH Jacksonville, Jacksonville Marketplace and NMRTC Jacksonville support 5 facilities, 68 operating units, 119 registered orders and 257 unregistered orders each year, and 175,000 beneficiaries (including approximately 57,000 registered).

During Allen’s tenure, NH Jacksonville, Jacksonville Market, and NMRTC Jacksonville became primary centers of care within the Defense Health Agency (DHA).

Over the past two years, NH Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Marketplace have helped safely deliver 1.5 million outpatient visits, 175,000 dental visits, 7,300 admissions, 13,000 surgeries, 4 million prescriptions, 3.8 million lab tests, 2,500 baby deliveries and led the successful transition and certification of NH Jacksonville and its 5 sub-clinics for DHA.

Allen successfully executed $339 million with a 99.85% execution rate while being a pilot Military Processing Center (MTF) in the implementation of new financial systems, in support of the DHA transition administration and control of MTFs in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act. .

The command paved the way for joint partnerships with Veterans Affairs (VA), health affairs leading to a partnership between the Department of Defense and VA that bridged the gap for VA patients to receive care at the MTF and enhance clinical skills for general medical education (GEM).

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, NH Jacksonville was instrumental in briefing senior leaders on COVID-19, improving line leaders’ understanding of current threats, mitigation and maintenance of readiness and lethality of forces. NH Jacksonville increased its inpatient capacity by 200% by training 62 nurses and 116 corps members from outpatient areas. The command leveraged community partnerships for COVID-19 testing by providing support with less than 24 hour results turnaround for symptomatic patients and active duty personnel pending deployments and pipeline training membership in the southeast region to include the United States Marine Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC.

The command oversaw the establishment of the COVID-19 “test and swab” clinics at the six facilities, collecting 1,800 COVID-19 test samples in less than 2 months. NH Jacksonville and its BHCs (Jacksonville, Key West, Mayport, Albany and Kings Bay) orchestrated the delivery of 82,041 COVID-19 vaccines to task forces and beneficiaries by designing and implementing the first mass vaccination site against COVID-19 through the Department of Defense at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. This avoided $2.7 million in enterprise-wide network costs for task forces, garrison personnel, and beneficiaries with far more throughput capacity than could be obtained in a hospital setting.

Command-Mike Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) deployed 139 personnel to Task Force Southeast Vaccination Site-3 Team, delivering 85,429 COVID-19 vaccinations over 85 days to residents of Jacksonville, Pennsylvania. Florida, as part of a mission to support the defense of civil authorities. with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Florida. EMF-Mike also deployed two 35-member Expeditionary Medical Unit (EMU) rotations, 9 and 12, deployed to Erbil, Iraq. Deployment of 72 contractors and technicians for eight campaigns covering six areas of responsibility, 18,000 hours of deployment, supporting the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 4,312 care and resettlement of refugees and health care to 1,100 personnel of the Ministry of Defense supporting Operation Allies Welcome.

Allen, a native of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, is a Medical Corps officer. On July 10, 2020, she took charge of NH Jacksonville, where she received the Legion of Merit award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of exceptional service. Allen is now embarking on a new assignment as Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

House, the new tri-command chief, was previously the chief executive officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. A native of Gardiner, Maine, she was commissioned as a Nurse Corps officer in 1997.

House acknowledged the exceptionally high standard set by Allen. “I am honored to take command of Naval Hospital Jacksonville. I look forward to maintaining the momentum created by Captain Allen and continuing to drive us forward,” House said.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville provide health care and preparedness. NH Jacksonville and its five branch health clinics serve 175,000 active duty members, active duty family members, and retired service members, including 57,000 patients enrolled with a primary care manager. NMRTC Jacksonville and its five units support the medical readiness of combatants for deployment and the preparation of clinicians to save lives. To learn more, visit: https://jacksonville.tricare.mil.

Date taken: 08.05.2022
Date posted: 08.05.2022 16:19
Story ID: 426670
Location: JACKSONVILLE, Florida, USA

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