The Rockmore-King Clinic on Base Kodiak has been named the Coast Guard’s Health Care Facility of the Year for 2018, according to a news release.
The award was presented Monday to the clinic by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dana L. Thomas, director of health, safety and work life on Base Kodiak.
Thomas is responsible for the Coast Guard’s health care system of 41 clinics and 150 sick bays.
The clinic team was also presented with a Meritorious Team Commendation Award.
The Rockmore-King Clinic is one of two medical facilities left in the Coast Guard providing aviation mission specialist support.
The clinic’s ready crew responded to over 10 medevac requests, including multiple platform, long-range, land and sea rescues for life-threatening conditions. They have responded to conditions that include a brain hemorrhage, myocardial infarction, seizures, crushing leg injuries, traumatic brain injuries, ATV accidents and even a bear mauling, according to the news release.
Clinic personnel spent 479 days on temporary duty assignments to eight cutters, three air stations, Base Ketchikan, District 17 in Juneau, Joint Service Operation Arctic Care, Joint Service Operation Dire Wolf and Navy Special Warfare Detachment Kodiak.
In 2018, clinic staff facilitated 6,469 provider-patient encounters, exceeding the Coast Guard’s standards for access to care.