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Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay holds change of charge ceremony

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Story by Yan Kennon on 06/22/2018
Capt. Laura Deaton was succeeded as officer-in-charge of Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay by Cmdr. Adrian Gaskin, in a change of charge ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Triplex on June 21.

Deaton assumed the duties as OIC on June 5, 2015, after a successful tour as director of branch health clinics at Naval Health Clinic New England.

"While serving as a part of Naval Hospital Jacksonville, I've had the privilege and honor to work for the best leaders and with the best staff in Navy Medicine," said Deaton. "Every day, without prompt, the military and civilian staff at NBHC Kings Bay brought greatness to the table and touched those we serve."

Deaton, a native of Woburn, Massachusetts, was commissioned as a U.S. Navy ensign in 1995. As a Navy nurse, Deaton's past assignments include National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, Naval Hospital Pensacola, and Naval Health Clinic New England.

Over the past three years under Deaton's leadership, NBHC Kings Bay's staff of 170 active duty, civilians, and contractors have: cared for nearly 13,000 enrolled active duty, retirees, and families; supported 16 submarine crews and 27 tenant commands; provided 320,000 medical and dental visits; filled 390,000 prescriptions; and performed 60,000 laboratory tests.

Deaton increased patients' continuity of care with their primary care manager, decreased the wait time to access care, improved patient satisfaction, increased patients' use of preventive health screenings (exceeding targets), achieved 100 percent dental readiness (exceeding benchmarks), stood up a military medicine division, launched the electronic Periodic Health Assessment ahead of schedule, supported the launch of Triton Toughness Training to promote sailors' resilience, increased patient enrollment in secure email messaging, increased staff completion of Tactical Combat Casualty Care training (exceeding goals), and instituted sustainable processes to improve clinic providers' access to TRICARE network provider reports.

Deaton led NBHC Kings Bay in earning highest-level recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (the nation's gold standard in patient-centered medical homes) for both the black and maroon Medical Home Port teams.

She collaborated with Navy Region Southeast, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, and contractors to launch and manage a 12-phase, $30 million clinic modernization project, with minimal impact on patient care.

Deaton's next assignment will be as senior nurse at Naval Hospital Beaufort in South Carolina.

Gaskin, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is NBHC Kings Bay's newest OIC. Most recently, she served as associate director of clinical support services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and director of training and readiness for USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).

Gaskin thanked Deaton for preparing the staff for continued success, and setting an exceptionally high standard. "I'm thankful to be part of Naval Hospital Jacksonville's team at Naval Branch Health Clinic Kings Bay, and look forward to our journey ahead," said Gaskin.

Gaskin brings 30 years of Navy health care experience, with tours of duty at Naval Hospital Pensacola, U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (as associate director of clinical support services), deployed aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and as director of training and readiness for USNS Comfort (T-AH 20).

NBHC Kings Bay is one of Naval Hospital Jacksonville's six health care facilities located across Florida and Georgia. NH Jacksonville's priority, since its founding in 1941, is to heal the nation's heroes and their families.
Of its patient population (163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), about 84,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities. To find out more or download the mobile app, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.


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