(Via Ho’okele News)
Story and photo by Susan Schultz
Naval Health Clinic Hawaii Public Affairs
Capt. Lynn Wheeler, Medical Service Corps, assumed command of Naval Health Clinic (NHC) Hawaii from Capt. Andrew L. Findley Jr., Medical Corps, during a ceremony held Oct. 23 at Kilo Pier 8 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hawaii.
Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham, commander of Navy Medicine West, was the guest speaker. “Today is a day to honor excellence, the excellence of a departing skipper who has truly raised the bar for Naval Health Clinic Hawaii and the excellence of an outstanding team that has realized his vision with their hard work and their own commitment to excellence,” said Gillingham.
“Today we celebrate Capt. Findley’s dedication and the realization of his vision to establish Naval Health Clinic Hawaii as a model of health care excellence, providing unsurpassed service to the fleet and fleet marine force.
“Today is also about welcoming a new leader, one with fresh ideas and the energy required to drive Naval Health Clinic Hawaii and its staff to even higher levels of achievement and to meet the unknowable challenges ahead. Welcome aboard, Capt. Wheeler,” Gillingham said.
Findley is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 34 years of service. He served as NHC Hawaii’s commanding officer since July 2014. Before assuming command, Findley was Tripler Army Medical Center’s deputy commander for two years.
During his remarks, Findley thanked Naval Health Clinic Hawaii for the support, caring and friendship and asked them to always remember why Naval Health Clinic Hawaii is here, “Readiness—job one, patient care, and quality and safety— [are] the foundations for a high reliability organization,” Findley said.
Wheeler served as USNS Mercy’s executive officer before assuming command of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. She is no stranger to Hawaii as she served as the deputy surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 2010 to 2013.
“During my three years at U.S. Pacific Fleet, I learned that the people of Hawaii demonstrate a special kind of devotion to family and friends. Ohana translates into English as “family,” but it is so much more than being related,” Wheeler said.
“It implies a deep dedication and commitment to the welfare of the members of the ohana. I am truly honored to be part of the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii ohana, and I am committed to do my best to ensure the welfare of the command,” she added.