Comfort Strengthens Partnership with Grenada Following Successful Medical Mission

U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort departed Grenada following the completion of the ship's seventh medical mission in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, September 21.
U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Fitzgerald | 2 October 2019

International Relations

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman First Class Michael Matthews (right) and Hospital Corpsman Second Class Rudy Navarro, assigned to U.S. Hospital Ship USNS Comfort, give Grenadian children oral hygiene tips at a temporary medical treatment site in St. George's, Grenada, September 18, 2019. (Photo: U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Bobby J Siens) 

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.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Alan Chambers, a nurse, hands a woman a cup of water following her surgery aboard the USNS Comfort as the ship is anchored off the coast of St. George's, Grenada, September 15, 2019. (U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Morgan K. Nall)

"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."

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