By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs
When Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Occupational Medicine and Population Health officer was selected as a recipient of the Military Medical Personnel Award for the inaugural Kitsap Sun Health Care Heroes Awards Program, his colleagues were not surprised.
But he was.
Dr. Dan Frederick was formally recognized at the Health Care Heroes Award reception held at the Kitsap Convention Center on June 19, as “honoring a military medical professional who has demonstrated exemplary care and gone above and beyond their normal call of duty.”
“I am honored to represent the command, but this is really a team award. I am happy to accept and call upon our commanding officer to also accept on behalf of our command,” said Frederick.
According Mike Stevens, Kitsap SUN Marketing Director and master of ceremonies, Frederick and the eight other nominees are the sort that would rather not be in the limelight.
“They likely can’t stand the thought of being called a hero and are a little uncomfortable being called that. But what they do is heroic to the rest of us; saving lives, and improving and enhancing lives,” said Stevens, adding that even though Frederick is a retired Navy captain, he doesn’t seem very retired by continuing to humbly and honorably impact patient care.
“All of us strive toward taking better care of our patients. We have so many people here that are deserving of such recognition that I justified the award by thinking of myself as the representative for our NHB team. Next year, I am certain, we will be able to submit even more candidates,” Frederick said.
Frederick’s write-up described him as having a huge heart, backed up with healthy-living-for-others motivation. Frederick actually wears three hats of responsibility for NHB. As the Occupational Medicine doctor, Frederick oversees 1,400 staff members, and as Population Health expert, he coordinates the needs for approximately 54,000 beneficiaries under the communicable disease radar. He also handles Public Health Emergency duties (think pandemic planning/response for example).
Frederick is also noted by providing exceptional patient care and utilizing his extensive computer programming knowledge to help develop valuable information management-based tools to improve patient health and wellness such as patient tracking, scheduling and organizing during influenza inoculation season. These recognized best business practices have been emulated across Navy Medicine, and Department of Defense. He is also known as an incredibly selfless and caring human being and physician.
“Dr. Frederick is very deserving and worthy of being here for Naval Hospital Bremerton. He brings a wealth of experience and epitomizes Navy Medicine,” exclaimed Capt. Christopher Quarles, Naval Hospital Bremerton Commanding Officer.
Frederick’s specialty as Population Healthofficer for NHB’s beneficiaries focuses on optimizing and supporting Force Health Protection and Readiness by providing epidemiologic – the branch of medicine that studies epidemics and epidemic diseases – services in support of the Navy’s disease and injury prevention programs. Frederick also engages in analyzing clinical data and providing feedback on quality and availability of care, as well as providing assistance to NHB’s Health Promotion and Wellness department programs and services to help proactively prevent illness, enhance readiness, and promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
Frederick also spearheads the coordination of epidemiology data analysis for public health surveillance for Navy and Marine Corps members and dependents by providing a variety of products and services in the following areas such as information management technology; occupational and environmental exposures; reportable medical events; and diseases, conditions and infections.
A judging panel comprised of local community and health care leaders reviewed numerous nominations from patients, peers and the general public and Frederick was one of over 40 selected as an exemplary member in the medical field.
Along with the Military Medical Personnel Excellence Award, the other categories included the Volunteer Excellence Award; Excellence in Emerging Medical Service Award; Quality of Care Lifetime Achievement Award; Non-physician Excellence in Health Care Award; Physician’s Excellence in Health Care Award; Dental Excellence in Health Care Award; and Administrative Excellence Award.