Pharmaceutical support was a dispensable need and one of many indispensable highlights during Pacific Partnership 2011 that departed the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
FSM was the fifth and final mission port for PP 2011 and flagship amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 10), following completed operations on Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.
The Pharmacy Department, led by Lt. Heather Rosati of Naval Hospital Bremerton, proved instrumental in rendering aid for the mission’s humanitarian civil assistance and environmental sustainability efforts. Rosati and her crew dispensed approximately 30,000 prescriptions to over 35,000 patients at 25 separate Medical Civic Assistance Programs (MEDCAPs) on the five Pacific island nations.
“I served as a pharmacist at multiple MEDCAPs at large sites and remote sites in all five countries,” Rosati said. “I have served with some great Navy and Army technicians and civilian pharmacists at all the sites. Being on this deployment has solidified my knowledge in Navy medicine and the people who work in it.”
The Ware, Mass., native also augmented her pharmacy duty by serving as the officer in charge of the Zumalai MEDCAP, located at a remote site on the south coast area of Timor Leste.
As OIC, Rosati and a crew of 18 medical personnel saw approximately 1,000 patients that day which included one very memorable event.
“The most gratifying occurrence there was when one of our doctors delivered a baby,” she said.
Rosati is one of nine doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen from NHB augmenting the multi-specialized team of preventive medicine, veterinarians and medical, dental and engineering personnel embarked on Cleveland.
Pacific Partnership initially set sail on March 21 from San Diego for the annual humanitarian civil assistance initiative. The mission is sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Fleet and began in 2006 as a result of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Pacific Partnership missions have gone to many countries in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, treated and cared for more than 240,000 patients, along with enhancing interoperability with partner nations throughout the region.