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Lejeune Hospital Reopens Renovated Multi-Service Ward

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080311-17
Release Date: 3/11/2008 2:26:00 PM

By Raymond Applewhite, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Public Affairs

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (NNS) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6, marked the reopening of the renovated .5 million dollar multi-service ward on the third floor of the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

"We view this construction project as an upgrade to our facility and as an opportunity to enhance the overall care we provide to the nation's warfighters as well as beneficiaries," said Capt. Mark C. Olesen, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. "It will add to the patients overall comfort and create a more spacious quiet environment for the visitor's waiting room."

For the hospital staff, this was a special day and a testimony to the staff's flexibility. Patient care was not disrupted as the hospital staff worked hard on other wards designated to provide a wide range of inpatient and surgical services to active duty, retirees and family members during the six-month wait to return to the ward at the conclusion of the construction project.

The renovated 18 bed multi-service ward featured improvements to the ward by the installation of new flooring, light fixtures and cabinetry. The rooms were freshly painted, new wallpaper was added and new privacy curtains were installed. The bathrooms were tiled and helped add to the overall appearance of the "like-new" ward.

Rear Adm. Matthew L. Nathan, Commander Navy Medicine East, Naval Medical Command Portsmouth, Va., was present for the event and noted the positive impact the renovated ward will have on the overall mission of the hospital.

"Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is part of the of this community and base. It is evident that this staff is very proud to provide the best medical care to the Marines, Sailors, family members and retirees. The splendid work that you do is indeed appreciated by many people," said Nathan.

Lt. Cmdr. Kathaleen Sikes, department head, noted the entire staff on the ward worked very well as a team and for the most part the renovation process was seamless to the patients. Sikes credited the hospital's facilities department with doing an outstanding job in getting the work completed on schedule.

The ceremony was attended by a number of military officials including Maj. Gen. John Allen, deputy commanding general, II MEF, Maj. Gen. Ray Smith, U.S.Marine Corps Ret., Col. John Fitzgerald, chief of staff, Marine Corps Installations East, Col. Richard Flatau, commanding officer, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and a host of other dignitaries and guests.

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