PORTSMOUTH, Va. (April 28, 2022) – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) personnel used their expertise as care providers in a unique way on April 28. Instead of caring for the sick and injured, they were educating and inspiring the future of our country.
NMCP has partnered with Manor High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, and other local high schools, to provide students with opportunities for mentorship, community building, and medical education.
“It’s a great opportunity to get out there and show these kids what their future could be if they want to,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Phillips, a volunteer who ran the Stop the Bleed station during the event. He explained that Stop the Bleed enables those with the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding in an injured person and effectively help that person save a life.
The team settled into the gymnasium and got to work demonstrating several medical procedures, including intravenous therapy, suturing, CPR and ultrasound. At each station, students were invited to take part in practical applications of the skill sets demonstrated.
One student explained that they look forward to events like this because it motivates them to keep getting good grades and to put in the effort so they can one day be the ones to give back.
“Seeing these kids smile and their enthusiasm for the job is part of what motivates me,” said Lt. Cmdr. Abiola Babawale, volunteer and coordinator.
As the oldest military hospital in the US Navy, operating continuously since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present service members and their families. The nationally recognized state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 health branches and TRICARE Prime clinics, provide care to the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports world-class research and education programs designed to prepare new physicians, nurses, and hospital staff for future roles in healing and wellness.