Partnerships that Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Fla., has developed with private sector health systems are helping clinicians maintain both advanced life-saving skills and trauma skills needed for battlefield medicine, reports the hospital’s Public Affairs office. “These partnerships give our Navy surgeons, nurses and corpsmen an opportunity to maintain our advanced life-saving skills, with more complex cases,” said Cmdr. Luke Fifer, M.D. “This helps preserve our ability to save lives in combat theaters, and also strengthens our relationship with the local community,” Fifer said. Navy clinicians now are treating patients at St. Vincent’s HealthCare, a not-for-profit health system in northeast Florida, and University Florida Health, an academic medical center in Jacksonville.
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