Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Grenada Following Successful Medical Mission

Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Grenada Following Successful Medical Mission

By U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Fitzgerald
October 02, 2019

The Comfort team is comprised of military and civilian personnel from U.S. and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, as well as several nongovernmental organizations capable of delivering medical assistance, humanitarian assistance, subject matter exchanges, and partnership building.

During the visit, Comfort’s U.S. Navy and civilian engineers provided a Grenadian hospital with cylinders of oxygen that were critical to helping patients. The engineers also worked with hospital staff to repair the facility’s oxygen generation plant, which was inoperable for about two years.

“An oxygen generation plant is significant to the care of many patients,” said U.S. Navy Captain Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility. “This was something we could do to help support not only the hospital, but the people of Grenada.”

During Comfort’s six-day medical mission in St. George’s, 800 medical professionals of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and U.S. Public Health Service alongside eight partner nations, provided care for 5,060 patients at two separate shore-based medical sites and performed 96 surgeries aboard the ship.

“Men and women from Grenada and the United States working together for the betterment of the people — I think that is the most touching part of this,” said Nickolas Steele, the Grenadian minister for health, social security, and international business. “That is the enduring message of us working together.”

U.S. Navy Lt. Alan Chambers, a nurse, hands a woman a cup of water following her surgery aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) as the ship is anchored off the coast of St. George’s, Grenada, Sept. 15, 2019. Comfort is working with health and government partners in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to provide care on the ship and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national healthcare systems, including those strained by an increase in cross-border migrants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan K. Nall)