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Officer Spotlight

CDR Sarah-Blythe Ballard

January 2023 Officer Spotlight
Deployed to Liberia for seven months, she led and provided over 1,000 hours of direct patient care at the 97-bed Kakata Ebola Treatment Unit, implemented a domestic helicopter air-evacuation system for Ebola-infected patients and biospecimens, and directed Hot Zone training for a cadre of USPHS Team 2 deployers arriving to support the USPHS’s Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU).
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CDR Neelam D. Ghiya

December 2022 Officer Spotlight
Deployed as a Liaison Officer during the COVID-19 response, CDR Neelam D. Ghiya helped ensure approximately 3,000 deployers had the critical information to reference pre-, during, and post-deployment in order to mitigate any risks. She also enhanced processes and strengthened partnerships to strategically resolve issues for deployers and created a model for future responses.
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LT Robert Mitchell Todd

July 2022 Officer Spotlight
Deployed to an Emergency Intake Shelter (EIS) as a COVID-19 Testing Team Lead, LT Robert Mitchell Todd gravitated towards his extensive experience gained throughout the pandemic at his current duty station. LT Todd, a Public Health Service officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, is a staff physical therapist at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.
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CAPT Robert Windom

June 2022 Officer Spotlight
Deployed to Liberia with the first team of “America’s Health Responders” for the Ebola outbreak in 2014, CAPT Robert Windom, a Public Health Service officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps provided healthcare administrative management in support of the only Ebola Treatment Unit established at that time specifically for healthcare workers in West Africa.
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LT Brenda Riojas

May 2022 Officer Spotlight
Deployed to Travis Air Force Base during the Accompanied Children and Families, U.S. Repatriation COVID-19 mission, LT Brenda Riojas, a Public Health Service officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, provided medical and social health case management services for hundreds of repatriates from Wuhan, China. Working alongside fellow Public Health Service officers and federal responders. LT Riojas connected repatriates with interpreter services as well as transportation and financial assistance services.
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