DVIDS – NEWS – I’m Naval Medicine – Family Relationship at NMRTC Bremerton

Diane Heibert was unable to pass when her son, Joshua Heibert of Class III at Korpmann Hospital, was recognized as a Naval Medicine Readiness Training Leader.

Not because she was like many parents who are in several time zones or states far from their children who are on active duty.

It was because of her own responsibility as an occupational health technician with the NMRTC Bremerton Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Detachment.

Rarely is every family assigned to the same order.

Rarity is still a mother and son relationship.

“I think it would be great to have this opportunity to be in the same leadership. Most Navy parents don’t get to experience that,” Diane stated.

Although it is quite a coincidence that they are both appointed to the same order, there is a symbiotic basis upon which their collective interest in the naval medicine profession has led them in their current positions.

“I have always had a passion for wanting to help people. Being a Marine seems like the best way to do that,” explained Joshua, who was born in Minot, North Dakota, grew up in Panama City, Florida and is a 2016 graduate of A. Crawford Mosley High School. I started my career in the Navy during my final year. I decided I wanted to get out of my hometown and see more of what was out there. ”

For Diane, the 1984 Lombok, California graduate and Cabrillo High School have been in the medical field for 27 years.

“I have worked in the ICU, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Room, Office of Cardiovascular Surgery and Inpatient Rehabilitation. Starting her current job, March 2021, Diane said I wanted to work for the federal government, so what better way than Naval Medicine.” “I have been in the medical field for a very long time. It boils down to the fact that I love helping people.”

Joshua has been a physical therapy technician for the past three years and is now the lead junior officer in the command’s physical therapy department. His previous assignments include work in optometry and as a public service leader assisting in the prevention and treatment of injuries and illness at the Marine Corps Medical Branch, Evans Clinic, Okinawa, Japan.

As a PT specialist in helping sailors, marines, retirees, and family members recover from injuries and maintain their physical health and well-being, he helped direct support to more than 8,950 patients last year in physical therapy, along with nearly 1,885 patients in Occupational therapy.

Diane was already living in the area when Joshua arrived at his new duty station, and although technically in the same command, Diane is plying her trade in the massive Puget Sound Basin, far from the hospital.

As an occupational health technician, Diane works in areas such as advising shipyard workers on workplace hazards to support industrial health efforts – overall for more than 30,000 workers in 126 orders with 480 different stores – to anticipate, recognize and assess occupational stresses in order to advise on Ways to prevent and reduce injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

“I was really excited for her and her new job,” Joshua said.

The commonality of purpose for the same thing gave an additional note of fulfillment for both.

“I was excited that we could have this in common and be able to chat about the differences between our facilities and just chat together about work,” Diane said.

When co-workers discover that the two are related, all comments express positive feedback about the uniqueness of having a family in their midst.

“They think it’s cool that Josh and I are in the same leadership,” Diane said. “It’s kind of unique because it doesn’t happen very often.”

Joshua confirms that he’s got “Oh, it must be great working with Monk!” Comments from other employees and notes that being able to compare work stories with his mother is an added advantage.

Both testify that the best part of their jobs is being able to provide care to those in need.

“To be a part of this will is to be part of an organization dedicated to helping others,” Joshua said.

“It’s great to be a part of the clinic at PSNS. Diane noticed that I feel like I’m making a difference every single day.

When both were asked to summarize their experience in one sentence, Diane replied, “I feel I am playing a role in preserving our civilians and the actual duty according to their qualifications (their qualifications) in order to serve our country and the Navy.”

“My experience was remarkable, filled with lessons I will never forget,” Josh added.

Appointment booked: 11.16.2022
Announcement date: 11.15.2022 12:00
Story ID: 433286
Site: Bremerton, Washington, United States

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