Naval Health Clinic to transition

Capt. Eric Evans (left), commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, shakes hands with Lt. Cmdr. George Sterns after Sterns stepped down as officer-in-charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic Kingsville June 21. The new OIC is Lt. Cmdr. Robert Nevins, who previously was assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

Naval Branch Health Clinic Kingsville will become part of a DoD-wide health agency later this year as Navy Medicine becomes part of the Defense Health Agency on Oct. 1.

Lt. Cmdr. Robert Nevins, who assumed officer-in-charge June 21 from Lt. Cmdr. George Sterns, will oversee the transition of the Kingsville clinic.

The transition includes Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, its two branch health clinics in Ft. Worth and Kingsville, and its detachment in San Antonio as well as other hospitals and clinics throughout the Navy.

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that Defense Health Agency assume administration and management of all Military Treatment Facilities. 

Ultimately, the reforms are designed to provide better integration and standardization of care across all MTFs and provide patients a consistent, high-quality health care experience no matter where they are.

Officials say the change in administration will be transparent to patients – service members, family members, and retirees - with little or no immediate effect on their experience of care.  

For patients, their facility, physicians and coverage will all remain the same and they will continue to receive the same exceptional level of care and service.

All phone numbers will remain the same. Additionally, the facilities’ names will not change and will maintain their Navy affiliation.  

While DHA will be responsible for health care delivery and business operations, Navy Medicine will retain principal responsibility for operational readiness of the medical force.  

Navy Medicine is establishing a Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command co-located with Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi.

Navy Medicine, through the NMRTC, retains command and control of the uniformed medical force, and maintains responsibility and authority for operational readiness.  This includes the medical readiness of sailors and Marines, as well as the clinical readiness of the medical force. 

Under the transition, Capt. Eric S. Evans, commanding officer of NHCCC, will serve as both MTF director under DHA and NMRTC commanding officer under Navy Medicine.

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