Naval hospital welcomes new commander

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Naval Hospital Beaufort held a change of command ceremony Sept. 1, welcoming Capt. Jeffrey Korsnes as the new commanding officer and bidding farewell to Capt. Anne M. Lear, who retired after 26 years of naval service.

“It has been an honor to serve as the commanding officer of Naval Support Facility and Naval Hospital Beaufort,” said Lear. “The staff is forward-thinking, always looking for ways to increase customer satisfaction and provide top quality care to our beneficiaries.

“Additionally, the Lowcountry is one of the most military-friendly communities I’ve encountered. I will greatly miss the community events and many friendships I’ve developed during my stay.”

During her three-year tenure as the hospital’s commanding officer, Lear has overseen many improvements and achievements, including the opening of DoD/VA Dermatology and Physical Therapy Clinic’s in partnership with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center; successful completion of inspections by both the Navy Medical Inspector General (IG) and the Joint Commission; and numerous awards, including the Radiology Department being named Navy Medicine Radiology Team of The Year for 2015, and the operating room nursing staff receiving CNOR Strong certification.

“Capt. Lear, it is clear from your list of accomplishments that you have empowered and encouraged your staff of 1,025 military and civilian people as commanding officer,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Iverson, commander, Navy Medicine East. “As a direct result, Naval Hospital Beaufort is not only a preferred choice for patients to receive care, but also the preferred choice for its staff to work.”

Open since 1949, Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical and urgent care services to all active duty personnel, as well as retired military and family members residing in the Beaufort area, a total population of approximately 29,000 beneficiaries.

Top photo: Capt. Jeffrey  Korsnes is the new commanding officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort.