Our History

1940's

July 1, 1941

Naval Hospital Jacksonville commissioned.

 

July 1, 1941 – Nov. 24, 1942

Capt. L.L. Pratt, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Feb. 10, 1942      

Aerial view of hospital.       

Original Hospital Feb. 10, 1942

                          

Nov. 24, 1942 – Oct. 24, 1945

Capt. J.J. O’Malley, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

April 6, 1943

Fifty WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) report to Naval Hospital Jacksonville for one month of training with the Hospital Corps.

 

July 26, 1943 

WAVES 

WAVES Training 

Dec. 11, 1944

A 60-bed facility for family members opened.

 

Dec. 12, 1944

First baby delivered at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

 

Oct. 24, 1945 – May 6, 1946

Capt C.J. Brown, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Dec. 29, 1945

1,000th baby born at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

 

May 6, 1946 – June 16, 1947

Capt R.M. Gillet, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

June 16, 1947 – Oct. 31, 1949

Capt. C.M. Shaar, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Sept. 30, 1949

Dispensary at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

Dispensary - Sep. 30, 1949

Nov. 12, 1949 – June 11, 1953

Capt D.J. Wharton, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

1950's

 

June 22, 1950

Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s inpatient capacity boosted to 325 beds, up from a post-war level of 180 beds.

 

Jan. 20, 1951

Ronald Reagan at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

Ronald Reagan at NH-Jax, Jan. 20, 1951

 

June 11, 1953 – Feb. 14, 1955

Captain E.S. Lowe, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Feb. 14, 1955 – Sept. 7, 1955

Captain E.C. Kenney, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Sept. 7, 1955 – Feb. 5, 1958

Captain B.N. Ahl, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

1958

Naval Hospital Jacksonville

1958

 

Feb. 5, 1958 – April 29, 1960

Captain A.C. Abernathy, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Aug. 22, 1958

General Ward

General Ward - Aug. 22, 1958

 

Aug. 22, 1958

Maternity Ward

General Ward

 

1960's

 

April 29, 1960 – June 30, 1961

Captain W.L. Engleman, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

September 1960

Hurricane Donna

Hurricane Donna - Sept.


June 30, 1961 – Feb. 9, 1962

Captain R.O. Canada, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Feb. 9, 1962 – Jan. 24, 1964

Captain J.M. Hanner, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Jan. 24, 1964 – June 22, 1964

Captain W.G. Lawson, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

June 22, 1964 – Dec. 5, 1968

Captain W.S. Baker, Jr., MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

July 1965

Pre-construction at Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Pre-Construction July 1965

 

Feb. 5, 1966

Ground broken for $7 million hospital.

 

May 1966

Construction

Construction May 1966

Dec. 18, 1967

Naval Hospital Jacksonville

Dec. 18 1967

 

July 24, 1968

Demolition of old hospital buildings completed.

 

Dec. 5, 1968

Congressman Charles E. Bennett, Cmdr. Dimino, Capt. Turville, Rear Adm. Stroh, Capt. Baker, Capt. Heaton, Lt. Cmdr. Harper

Congressman Charles E. Bennett, Cmdr. Dimino, Capt. Turville, Rear Adm. Stroh, Capt.-Baker, Capt.-Heaton, Lt.-Cmdr


Dec. 5, 1968 – Sept. 10, 1969

Captain W.C. Turville, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Sept. 10, 1969 – July 11, 1972

Captain C.W. Lewis, Jr., MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

1970's

 

Feb. 15, 1970

Hospital Building H-2007 (administration) demolished.

 

July 11, 1972 – June 21, 1974

Captain P. Kaufman, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

February 1973

The first group of former Vietnam POWs arrive at NAS Jacksonville. Eventually 27 POW's would go through Naval Hospital Jacksonville. Treated by Dr. David Stephens.

 

June 21, 1974 – May 28, 1976

Captain J.T. Horgan, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

May 28, 1976 – July 15, 1976

Captain J.L. Hughes, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

July 15, 1976 – June 29, 1978

Captain M. Museles, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

June 29, 1978 – Aug. 16, 1978

Captain N.R. Raffaelly, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Aug. 16, 1978 – June 20, 1980

Captain W.M. McDermott, Jr., MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

1980's

 

June 20, 1980 – Aug. 25, 1982

Captain J.J. Quinn, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

March 1982

American Red Cross volunteer

American Red Cross volunteer March 1, 1982


Aug. 25, 1982 – Aug. 26, 1983

Captain J. Honigman, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Aug. 26, 1983 – July 26, 1985

Captain L.V. Pulicicchio, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

July 26, 1985 – Aug. 26, 1986

Captain W.A. Buckendorf, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Aug. 26, 1986 – July 31, 1987

Captain J.W. Thomas, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

July 31, 1987 – June 21, 1989

Captain R.G. Relinski, Jr., MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

April 24, 1988

Twenty-two injured sailors from the USS Bonefish treated at Naval Hospital Jacksonville after a blast aboard the diesel submarine forced their evacuation. Teams from HS-1, HS-7, and NAS Jacksonville SAR assist in the air evacuation.

 

June 21, 1989 – Aug. 16, 1989

Captain J.L. Gentry, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Aug. 16, 1989 – June 29, 1992

Captain D.D. Palmer, MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

1990's

 

June 29, 1992 – April 13, 1993

Captain N.K. Dysart, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

April 13, 1993 – June 5, 1995

Captain D.V. Hollingsworth, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

April 30, 1995

Building H-2032 (hospital transportation) demolished

 

June 5, 1995 – June 10, 1999

Captain M.J. Benson, MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

June 10, 1999 – July 13, 2001

Captain B. Vernoski, NC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

2000's

 

July 13, 2001 – June 6, 2003

Captain R.A. Lockhart, MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Jan. 26, 2003

A medical support platform comprised of nearly 100 medical personnel with 2nd Force Service Support Group (2nd FSSG) from Naval Hospital Jacksonville deploys to CENTCOM.

 

March 11, 2003

Ground broken for construction of a new hospital pharmacy on the north side of the Navy Exchange parking lot.

 

June 6, 2003 – Aug. 12, 2005

Captain J.W. Sentell, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Dec. 18, 2003

Naval Hospital Jacksonville, like many military and non-military hospitals throughout the United States, runs out of flu vaccine due to demand caused by a deadly strain of flu virus.

 

Feb. 19, 2004

More than 30 Fleet Hospital Jacksonville doctors, nurses, and hospital corpsmen deploy to the African nation of Djibouti.

 

May 10, 2004

Twelve Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB-14) Seabees arrive at Naval Hospital Jacksonville to continue their recovery from injuries sustained in Iraq.

 

Aug. 12, 2005 – Aug. 14, 2008

Captain R.C. Bono, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Feb. 1, 2008

Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff return from deployment to Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait.

 

March 28, 2008

Naval Hospital Jacksonville opened its Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course, dedicated to HM3 Julian "Snoop Doc" Woods (killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 2004).

Trauma Combat Casualty Care Course

June 9, 2008

Naval Hospital Jacksonville surgical suite addition groundbreaking ceremony ($35.8 million project).

 

Aug. 14, 2008 – July 29, 2010

Captain B.L. Gillingham, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

2010's

 

March 2010

Final group from Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s 41 deployed staff return from USNS Comfort’s humanitarian deployment to Haiti after earthquake.

USNS Comfort return from Haiti - March 14, 2010

 

June 2010

Naval Hospital Jacksonville launches its Science, Service, Medicine & Mentoring (S2M2) program in collaboration with Darnell-Cookman High School of the Medical Arts.

 

July 15, 2010

Naval Hospital Jacksonville opens new three-story addition.

 

July 29, 2010 – June 8, 2012

Captain L.E. Welling, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Sept. 7, 2011

Grand opening of Naval Hospital Jacksonville's $60 million addition and renovation.

Physician


October 2011

Naval Hospital Jacksonville becomes 1st hospital on Florida’s First Coast to earn Baby Friendly recognition from Baby Friendly USA.

 

December 2011

Deployment Health Center at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Naval Branch Health Clinic Jacksonville hosts deployment mental health symposium to improve care for combat veterans.

 

March 2012

Naval Hospital Jacksonville hosts Patient Safety Symposium, with speakers from Baptist Health, Mayo Clinic, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, University of Florida, University of North Florida, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.

 

June 8, 2012

Aug. 8, 2014:  Captain G.D. Shaffer, DC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

April 2013

Naval Hospital Jacksonville earns Excellence in Teaching Award from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and was cited in 2011 as USU’s Family Medicine Clinical Site of the Year.

 

January 2014

Naval Hospital Jacksonville – its hospital and five branch health clinics – again earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and re-accreditation.

 

February 2014

All of Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Medical Home Port teams – at its hospital and five branch health clinics – earn Level III (highest-level) recognition from National Committee for Quality Assurance for its Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

 

May 2014

Naval Hospital Jacksonville health care collaborations include providing orthopedic consults and surgeries to Moody AFB and laboratory medical director support to Patrick AFB.

 

May 2014

New 24/7 Nurse Advice Line rolls out at Naval Hospital Jacksonville – its hospital and five branch health clinics.

 

Aug. 8, 2014 – May 6, 2016

Captain J.W. Le Favour, MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

September 2014

Marine Corps, Navy, VA collaboration brings primary care to veterans at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, Georgia.

 

March 2015

Naval Hospital Jacksonville earns Gold Star recognition from Prevention Partners for its tobacco-free policies and programs.

 

May 2015

VA and Navy health care collaboration expands services for veterans and active duty at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Naval Branch Health Clinic Key West, Florida.

 

September 2015

Florida Surgeon General cites Naval Hospital Jacksonville and St. Vincent’s Medical Center as First Coast innovators.

 

September 2015

Twenty-nine Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff return from Continuing Promise 2015 aboard USNS Comfort.

USNS Comfort return


May 6, 2016 – March 16, 2018

Captain D.C. Collins, MSC, USN,  Commanding Officer

 

July 1, 2016

Naval Hospital Jacksonville celebrates 75 years of healing our nation's heroes, dedicating a time capsule to be opened in 2066.

Our Story 75th

 

Oct. 1, 2016

Naval Hospital Jacksonville launches pilot of value-based care for Navy Medicine world-wide - with diabetes and musculoskeletal care teams.

Osteoarthritis - PT

January - April 2017

58 Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff deploy with Continuing Promise 2017, providing humanitarian care in Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia.

Continuing Promise 2017

 

April 6, 2017

Naval Hospital Jacksonville hosts a High Reliability in Healthcare Summit, with experts from healthcare, aviation, and submarine communities.

High Reliability Organization

Jan. 22, 2018

Naval Hospital Jacksonville launches Navy Medicine's world-wide pilot of "Navy Care" virtual health app - with virtual visits on a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Virtual Visit


Jan. 23, 2018

Naval Hospital Jacksonville performs Navy Medicine's first outpatient, same-day hip replacement surgery.

Same-day Hip Replacement


March 16, 2018 – July 10, 2020

Captain M. Case, MSC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Oct. 1, 2018 

Naval Hospital Jacksonville becomes first Navy facility to transition to Defense Health Agency, and stands up Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command Jacksonville.

DHA Transition

 

October 2018

Naval Hospital Jacksonville announces partnerships with private-sector hospitals to maintain clinicians' advanced life-saving skills.

Partnerships

 

November 2018

American College of Surgeons recognizes Naval Hospital Jacksonville as a "Meritorious Outcomes" hospital.

 

Feb. 13, 2019

Expeditionary Medical Facility Mike (at Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command Jacksonville) earns Tier 1 readiness capability certification.

EMF Mike

 

March 29, 2019

16 graduate from Navy Medicine's Hospital Corpsman Trauma Training Program at Naval Hospital Jacksonville (with rotations at UF Health).

HMTT

 

June 2019

26 staff from Naval Hospital Jacksonville deploy with USNS Comfort.

USNS Comfort 2019

 

July 2019

Naval Hospital Jacksonville opens inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.

 

September 2019

Naval Hospital Jacksonville again earns hospital accreditation from The Joint Commission, and earns Primary Care Medical Home certification from The Joint Commission.

TJC Gold Seal

 

2020's

 

Spring 2020

321 Naval Hospital Jacksonville staff deploy across the U.S. to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID Deployment Spring 2020

 

July 10, 2020 – present

Captain T.M. Allen, MC, USN, Commanding Officer

 

Naval Hospital Jacksonville today

Hospital Today

 

Last Updated 7/10/2020