07 Oct '17, 12pm

Medical summit onboard #USNSComfort synchronized hospital ship's humanitarian assistance mission

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NNS) -- The Mercy-class Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) held a medical summit onboard with local and federal stakeholders to synchronize efforts for the ship's mission of providing humanitarian assistance throughout the area, Oct. 3. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. "A lot of the folks you will encounter have lost everything. Everything," said Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams. "You are going to be on the front lines." Comfort's medical staff fielded questions from the visitors and discussed ideas about how best to employ the ship. Capt. Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of C...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102780

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