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Health Services

MISSION STATEMENT: Providing expert and efficient health services that protect and promote the health, wellness, and readiness of all personnel advancing NOAA’s mission.

VALUES: Wellness, Integrity, Service, Excellence

The Office of Health Services (OHS) is charged with directly supporting all personnel within the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) and reports to the director of the NOAA Corps and OMAO. We are committed to the occupational health, safety, and readiness of all people diving, flying, and sailing utilizing OMAO platforms. There are five medical programs within the OHS portfolio tasked with the responsibility and authority for the administration and delivery of high quality occupational health care services to NOAA Corps officers, professional wage marine employees, aircraft operations personnel, and other personnel embarked aboard NOAA vessels and aircraft. OHS is also the TRICARE point-of-contact for the NOAA Corps and the agency.

Staffed by U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) commissioned officers, NOAA medical officers work to minimize medically related disruptions to fleet and aircraft operations. OHS programs strive to promote mental and physical readiness with the knowledge of their medical discipline and prevent and control disease as subject matter experts in travel medicine. Our medical officers utilize their expertise, specialized training, and experience in the assessment, prevention, and treatment of chronic and emergent medical problems that individuals might encounter in high-risk operational ship and aircraft environments located in domestic and international areas of operation. Most importantly, our officers are dedicated to advocating for individuals in what is physically and mentally best for them in operational environments when making difficult choices by incorporating current evidence based data and medical best practices in recommendations to individuals and key leadership.

Thank you for visiting the OHS website and I hope you are easily able to find the information you are looking for. We are committed to expert and cost-effective Health Services and look forward to protecting and promoting your health, wellness, and readiness.

Warm regards,

Christian Rathke, MMSc, PA-C
Commander, USPHS
Director, Office of Health Services and Staff Officer Suppport
christian.b.rathke@noaa.gov

OHS MEDICAL PROGRAMS

Aviation Medicine - LCDR Paul Hoffman, USPHS (paul.hoffman@noaa.gov)
Behavioral Health and Wellness - CDR KJ Green, USPHS (kenneth.green@noaa.gov)
Dive Medicine - CAPT Joel Dulaigh, USPHS (joel.dulaigh@noaa.gov)
Marine Medicine - CAPT Les Cruise, USPHS (les.cruise@noaa.gov)
NOAA Corps Medical Affairs - LCDR Sharon Downey, USPHS (sharon.downey@noaa.gov)

TRICARE
TRICARE (home)

U.S. COAST GUARD INSTRUCTIONS
Coast Guard Medical Manual (pdf)

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION INSTRUCTIONS
Medical Standards for Appointments (pdf) 
DoD Issuances

EMPLOYEE SUPPORT PROGRAMS
NOAA Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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Reviewed: August 2, 2018. Contact us with page issues.

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