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Lejeune Hospital Unveils Operational Medicine Training Facility

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070531-11
Release Date: 5/31/2007 6:11:00 PM

By Raymond Applewhite, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Public Affairs

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (NNS) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony May 30 marked the grand opening of a new $325,000 training facility located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

“We view this new construction as an expansion of our core facility [and] as an opportunity to enhance existing training programs for our active duty as well as beneficiaries,” said Capt. Mark C. Olesen, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. “It will create more space inside our main hospital that can be used for other purposes.”

The new Operational Medicine Training Facility features a spacious room designed for operational medicine training. The classroom will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and can accommodate approximately 50 personnel. The new building will allow the hospital to expand training programs and implement new training initiatives.

Rear Adm. Thomas R. Cullison, Commander Navy Medicine East, Naval Medical Command Portsmouth, Va., was guest speaker for the event and noted the positive impact the new facility will have on the military and surrounding area.

“Naval Hospital trains with the base and Onslow County for disaster preparedness. This is where we get our basic training and this new building will be used for a myriad of training,” said Cullison.

A dedication ceremony was held during the grand opening in memory of Chief Hospital Corpsman John M. Westfield, who was killed in an automobile accident in February. Olesen described him as an invaluable member of the command, and a room in the new facility was named after Westfield to honor his hard work and dedication to the command.

Olesen and Command Master Chief Kevin Kesterson presented a plaque to Westfield's wife and daughter.

According to Cmdr. Constance Worline, head of Education and Training. The room will be used as an additional training classroom not only for Marines and Sailors, but also to provide training to beneficiaries as a part of patient education. The room will also be used for pre-deployment practical skills training for years to come.

The ceremony was attended by a number of military officials including Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Robert C. Dickerson, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations East; Capt. Eleanor Valentin, commanding officer Naval Hospital Cherry Point; and William A. Meir, executive officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

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