United States of America (Navy)
Clinton Forrest Faison
Falls Church, VA 22042-5113
Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63.000 personnel
that provide health care support to the U.S. Navy,
Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational
tempo environments, at expeditionary medical facilities,
medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships
and research units around the world.
• Readiness: Ensuring that lives are saved wherever Navy
and Marine Corps forces operate is what Navy Medicine
does, be it above the sea, on the sea, below the sea or on
the battlefield. Navy Medicine provides robust clinical
experience for personnel to preserve their life-saving skills
and competencies using a holistic approach to achieve
medical capabilities that are ready and relevant wherever
the Navy and Marine Corps operates, today and tomorrow.
• Health: Navy Medicine’s medical professionals provide
the best care possible to Sailors, Marines, and their families
to keep them healthy, ready and on the job. Navy
Medicine treats patients like family through enhanced
access to care and eliminating patient harm by anticipat -
ing, identifying, resolving, and sharing best practices,
enabling them lead the nation in quality and safety.
• Partnerships: Navy Medicine is strengthening its ties with
Army and Air Force medical services, civilian health care
organizations, government agencies and leading academic
and research institutions. Doing this maximizes the
readiness and health of the Navy and Marine Corps team
by identifying and removing barriers to develop strong alliances
Navy Medicine Headquarters
Since its establishment in August 1842, the Bureau of Medicine
and Surgery (BUMED) serves as the headquarters for all
naval medical personnel. Under Vice Adm. Forrest Faison’s
leadership as the Navy surgeon general, and chief, BUMED,
Navy Medicine ensures Sailors, Marines, their families and
retirees are healthy, ready, and on the job.
BUMED is physically located within Defense Health Headquarters
(DHHQ) in Falls Church, Virginia, just a few miles
from the nation’s capital. More than 300 Sailors and more
than 400 Navy civilians work together with contractor counterparts
to develop policy and manage manpower, personnel
and resources throughout the enterprise. BUMED also oversees
Navy Medicine’s medical operations, research and
development, and educational programs.
Navy and Marine Corps health care providers are distin -
guished by five distinct corps. Each corps is comprised of
personnel who specialize in particular health care fields,
such as nursing or dentistry. Together, these corps represent
Navy Medicine’s active duty and reserve service members
who ensure the health and well-being of every Sailor, Marine
and Navy Medicine beneficiary around the world. These
corps work side by side with Navy civilians who supplement
the military medical force in all areas from administrative
work to medical professionals.
• Medical Corps
– 4.000 active duty and reserve
• Hospital Corps
– 30.000 active duty and reserve
• Nurse Corps
– 4.000 active duty and reserve
– Dental Corps 1.400 active duty and reserve
• Medical Service Corps
– 3.000 active duty and reserve
When Sailors and Marines go forward into harm’s way, Navy
Medicine is there beside them on, above, below the sea and
on the battlefield.
Education and Training
Navy Medicine is committed to delivering high-value, highimpact
education and training to enhance the professional
development and readiness of health care providers.
Garrison Health Care
Patient and family-centered care is Navy Medicine’s core
philosophy and approach, providing comprehensive medical
care for all Navy Medicine beneficiaries any-time, any-where.
Research and Development
Navy Medicine research and development programs enable
us to remain agile in the world-class health care provided to
service members and beneficiaries.
Navy Medicine provides a seamless transition from battlefield
to bedside to a robust reintegration support system so
warriors can lead productive lives.
Global Health Engagement
Global health partnerships create opportunities to engage
with other nations, build long-lasting mutual relationships,
and improve the readiness of the Navy and Marine Corps.
USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) – the Navy’s East Coast hospital
ship, supported by NME staff, is a level III military treatment
facility that provides rapid, flexible, and mobile acute health
service support to Marine Corps, Army and Air Force units
deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task and battle forces
afloat. Its secondary mission is to provide mobile surgical
hospital service and acute medical care in disaster or
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) – the Navy’s West Coast hospital ship,
is a level III military treatment facility that provides rapid, flex -
ible, and mobile acute health service support to Marine Corps,
Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious
task and battle forces afloat. Its secondary mission is to
provide mobile surgical hospital service and acute medical
care in disaster or humanitarian relief. From May – September
2016, Mercy participated in Pacific Partnership, an annual
humanitarian and civic assistance mission designed to strengthen
regional relationships and increase interoperability between
the United States, partner nations, and international
humanitarian and relief organizations.