Sailors complete assembly of 150-bed medical facility


17 sailors from the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center have completed the assembly of a 150-bed Expeditionary Medical Facility at the Naval Communications Station in South Finegayan.

The Expeditionary Medical Facility, known as an EMF, includes medical materials to support casualty receiving and triage, sick call, surgery, radiology, laboratory, blood banks, operating room preparation and holding, intensive care/recovery room, oral surgery/dentistry, preventive medicine, acute care wards, specialty treatment wings, pharmacy, and central sterile reprocessing.

The EMF will provide expanded medical capabilities for the Navy and GovGuam, if needed.

“The 150-bed EMF will assist the local hospitals with additional bed space to allow for the treatment of COVID-19 patients,” said Chief Hospital Corpsman Joshua Van Horn.

DEDEDO, Guam (April 21, 2020) Sailors assigned to Task Force 75.5 prepare to lift a tent during construction of a 150-bed Expeditionary Medical Facility onboard Naval Base Guam. The EMF will provide expanded medical capabilities in support of DoD’s COVID-19 response and will enable forces to be postured to support Guam and the region if a Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission is requested. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julio Rivera)

“We’ve brought out some of the best instructors that the Navy offers to guide the sailors of the (Naval Mobile Construction Battalions) 1 and 5 in the establishment of a fully functional medical facility.

“As planning for the EMF began, we pulled in Sailors and Marines from diverse locations around the globe to complete the EMF construction on time,” said Lt. Zach Niezgodski, 30th Naval Construction Regiment Oceana area operations officer.

The Navy Expeditionary Medical Training Institute is the Navy Medicine’s elite readiness training institute. It provides for Expeditionary Medical Facilities, Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Systems, Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Marine Corps, and Fleet Surgical Teams.

The institute also delivers advanced trauma training, ensuring readiness of medical personnel supporting warfighters.

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Herbst