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NEWS | July 6, 2015

NHCC bids farewell to commanding officer and welcomes new commander

By Naval Health Clinic Charleston Public Affairs

Captain Marvin L. Jones, commanding officer of Naval Health Clinic Charleston, relinquished command to Capt. Elizabeth A. Maley during a change of command ceremony on June 26 at NHCC.

Before an audience of about 200 civilians and 200 service members, Jones paid tribute to the staff members of NHCC.

"It has been my honor, it has been a joy and a privilege to serve with you and lead you in delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care for our beneficiaries here in Charleston," said Jones. "You all have proudly represented Navy Medicine and carried out its mission of supporting operational readiness, ensuring value in the care we provide and enabling jointness with our partners ... and you have done so in a manner that clearly exemplifies true professionalism.

"Being fortunate enough to lead a command like NHCC is like finding a perfect pearl in paradise," said Jones. "What made this such a rewarding tour are the amazing, extraordinary people I've gotten to meet, work with and surround myself with every day.  That's all of you - and for that, I thank you."

Rear Admiral Terry J. Moulton, commander of Navy Medicine East, director of the Enhanced Tidewater Multi-Service Market Office and director of the Navy Medical Service Corps, presided over the ceremony.

"Captain Jones has done an outstanding job as commanding officer," said Moulton. "He is a caring and trusted leader who has inspired his staff and set the bar high."

During his tenure at NHCC, Jones led a staff of 400 personnel in delivering healthcare to more than 78,000 eligible beneficiaries, while positioning the command as a leader in the Navy Medicine East region for  performance metrics in patient enrollment, provider productivity, secure messaging, ancillary services cost and healthcare effectiveness data and information set measures.  His leadership and collaborative accomplishments as Chairman of the Lowcountry Federal Health Alliance enabled sustainment of five highly successful joint incentive fund projects and resource sharing agreements, totaling more than 44,000 patient encounters, at a recapture value of $1 million.

As the federal liaison to the Carolina E-Health Alliance, Jones increased coordination of care services for beneficiaries in the Charleston commuting area, which reduced redundancies of radiographic, laboratory and specialty consultation services. This resulted in reduced admissions for 1,190 TRICARE patients and a cost avoidance of $3 million. In addition, he coordinated and directed the establishment of oral surgery capabilities. Those capabilities eliminated a significant oral surgery patient care deficit within the nuclear training programs student population and enabled network recapture cost avoidance of over $1 million annually.

Jones, a Navy healthcare administrator, is leaving NHCC to be the base commanding officer at Naval Support Activity in Bethesda, Maryland.

Maley, a Navy occupational health physician, comes to NHCC from Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, North Carolina, where she served as executive officer for two years. 

"She is well prepared for this assignment," said Moulton. "She has had a very diverse and successful career leading up to today."

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Maley entered the Navy through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  She graduated from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1993 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Corps. Upon completion of internship training at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida, she reported to Flight Surgeon training in Pensacola, Florida.

Her first staff assignment was as a squadron flight surgeon with the Marine Aircraft Group 29 at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, N.C. As an air combat element flight surgeon HMM 365, she was forward deployed with the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit to the Sixth Fleet area of responsibility. Maley completed a Masters of Public Health during her residency training in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency program, in Bethesda, MD. Upon graduation in 1999, she transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA., where she served as the Occupational Health Department head and as a clinical physician. Subsequently, she returned to Uniformed Services University as an instructor and as deputy residency director for the Occupational Medicine program.

Maley has also served as the director of Branch Clinics and Occupational Medicine Physician for Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy; and the Public Health Emergency Officer and regional director for Occupational Health programs throughout Greece and Bahrain. In 2007, she was transferred to Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute, Pensacola, Fl., where she taught faculty in the Aerospace Medicine Residency and was director of Clinical Operations. Maley deployed on the USNS Comfort in support of "Operation Continuing Promise 2009." Her duties included humanitarian medical missions as the director of Preventive Medicine. From 2011 to 2013, Maley served as director of Medical Services at Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fl. 

During the ceremony, Maley assured the NHCC staff that she is focused on sustaining the accomplishments achieved during Jones' command.

"Captain Jones, you have led Naval Health Clinic Charleston with distinction," said Maley. "The Naval Health Clinic team is a highly motivated, talented, and innovative staff of professionals. This command's success is your legacy.

"To the men, women, active duty, civilians and volunteers of Naval Health Clinic Charleston, I am honored to be your new commanding officer," said Maley. "I look forward to working alongside you to ensure the readiness of our active duty and to care for all of our beneficiaries. I consider it a privilege to join the highly successful Lowcountry Federal Health Alliance, a nationally renowned collaboration with our Veterans Administration and Air Force partners. We are well along the path to a high reliability organization. This moment begins our adventure together. May God be with us along this journey."