USA: NH Jacksonville Receives First Coast Healthiest Companies Gold Award

Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville was awarded the First Coast Healthiest Companies Gold Award at an award ceremony held at the University of North Florida, May 16.

This was the second strait year that NH Jacksonville received this prestigious award from the First Coast Worksite Council of Jacksonville, Fla.

“The fact that the NH has won this award for the second straight year reflects on the commands commitment to helping Sailors. As well as their families and meeting the commitments of the 21st century Navy,” said director of Public Health NH Jacksonville Capt. Joseph McQuade.

The First Coast Worksite Council awards businesses that go above and beyond in order to take care of their employees and their families.

“The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council’s mission is to provide evidence-based recourses for businesses in order to help their employees and their families stay healthy,” said the Executive Director of First Coast Work Site Council Dr. Dorrett Nysewander.When you look at all of the departments within the hospital it’s great to see how they integrate and interact with one another in order to keep military personnel healthy.”

NH Jacksonville’s priority since it’s founding in 1941, is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the hospital, located aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and six branch health clinics in Florida and Georgia.

Of its patient population – 215,000 active and retired Sailors, soldiers, Marines, Airmen, National Guard members and their families – more than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager at one of its facilities. Each and every day, a team of 2,500 military and civilian personnel sees 1,500 outpatients, admits 12 inpatients, cares for 125 people in the ER, performs 19 same-day surgeries, fills 3,600 prescriptions, conducts 3,000 lab tests and delivers two to three babies. Additionally, up to 15 percent of its active duty staff is deployed around the globe providing combat, humanitarian and disaster care.


Naval Today Staff , May 21, 2012