by Hunter Dawkins

Friday morning, October 19th, the Naval Construction Battalion Center’s (NCBC) 58,000 square foot health clinic officially opened thatwill provide patient-centered health care for the approximately 6,000 active duty service members, families of active duty service members, retirees and their families enrolled to the clinic in a modern and safe facility conducive to care.

Officer in Charge Venancio Maysonet related the new facility as “going from a Honda Civic to a Cadillac Escalade”, but assured the crowd the old facility’s tradition for care of the members will stay the same.

Naval Hospital Pensacola Commanding Officer Amy Bransetter equated the construction of this clinic to an earthquake for members on the base, eventually being rewarded for a new clinic that is specifically designed to support the Medical Home Port Team concept used throughout Navy Medicine. The Medical Home Port process is a multi-disciplinary approach that delivers patient-centered care and improves access to care for all patients.

The new Naval Branch Health Clinic in Gulfport is certified as a primary care medical home by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. A certification from The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.