I’m very proud to be from Bowie and from Maryland. CAPT. The commanding officers of USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort briefed reporters at the Pentagon on their missions in support of the Defense Department's COVID-19 response. Commanding Officer: CAPT David Weiss (410)631-7461 . Can you say what is, kind of, the -- the process? CAPT. USNS Comfort’s MTF Commanding Officer Relieved. I know that they're referred -- the patients are referred to the ships from the hospitals, so can you talk a little bit about why is it only, you know, 15 patients for the Mercy and I think you said three for the Comfort? Download this stock image: Capt. And can you say how disinformation and rumor is affecting your safety? He's the hospital ship’s commanding officer. English: ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 16, 2010) Capt. Thanks for joining us today. What -- what is the range of injuries? We are accomplishing our mission and showing the power of Navy Medicine in support of the American people, and we will stay here until it is decided that our support is deemed no longer necessary. So pretty much the gamut of patients that you'd expect to see in a community hospital. Commanding officer Capt. If that changes in the future then we will adjust accordingly but right now, that is how we are operating. Navy hospital ship arrives in New York ReutersCrowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort New York Post 1,200 Dead in N.Y. and Cuomo… And to echo Captain Rotruck, absolutely, we take our -- our orders and directions from higher authority and if our mission shifts we will -- we'll do what we can to meet that mission. Diebold, USNS Comfort’s mission commander, Capt. Patrick Amersbach on precautions being taken to keep other patients and crew safe from COVID-19 exposure. Can -- Captain, can you talk about -- can you both talk about the nature of the injuries that you've been treating, how serious are they, what are the range of injuries? The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has been docked in New York City for more than two weeks. CAPT. On board the Comfort, they have the capacity to treat the worst – and what they're seeing is pretty bad. In terms of the process to ensure that patients who come to us are not infected with COVID, we are not performing that test here, the -- the local referring hospital is actually screening and testing the patients before they are transferred. Patrick amersbach the commanding officer of the treatment facility aboard the hospital ship usns comfort told bill hemmer reports monday that he should be ready to receive patients. BOWIE, Md. Patrick Amersbach, commanding officer of the USNS Comfort, hold a news conference at the Pentagon via telephone to provide updates on their respective military hospital ships’ support for the COVID-19 response efforts in Los Angeles and New York City. How would you accommodate COVID-19 patients? It treated 182 patients, the last discharged on April 26. Do you want to continue? It happened well outside of our fence line. Like civilian hospitals, the Comfort runs an around-the-clock operation with specialized medical staff. Captain Patrick K. Amersbach, commanding officer of the Comfort, told WCBS 880 that they are planning on accepting patients within 24 hours of arriving in New York City. I could not be more proud of the sailors aboard Mercy and how they came together as a team so quickly. So we were able to nest into an existing system instead of trying to create something new. Just a quick follow-up for my colleague, Jeff Schogol. WCBS 880's Steve Scott spoke with Capt. NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The U.S. Navy's hospital ship the USNS Comfort has arrived New York City to help in the war against the coronavirus pandemic. So just to follow up on that, how would you actually -- could you actually take COVID patients? Q:  Okay. STAFF:  Okay, we'll be -- we'll begin questions and answers. Each has the capacity to fill 1,000 beds. Captain John Rotruck followed by the MTF Comfort C.O. CAPT. Patrick Amersbach was born and raised in the DMV, and now he's playing a major role in the response to COVID-19. The ship has 1,000 beds and … ROTRUCK:  And Captain Rotruck here, just to echo that our supply lines are always intact in the Department of Defense and with the Navy, in particular, so we're -- we're getting supplies as we expect. In addition, for our new staff coming aboard the ship since we left San Diego, they are in a period of what we call restriction of movement for 14 days, so they're coming up here to Los Angeles, to the local areas, actually, essentially being in self-quarantine or self-isolation, if you will, to ensure that it's -- had -- had they been exposed to somebody with COVID and they didn't know it, that would be time for the disease to declare itself. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. So, we've got a total of 15 patients transferred so far. And then for both of you, I just want to clear up something that Secretary Esper said at the White House briefing yesterday. David Murrin, USNS Comfort Ship’s Master Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 10:00 am (Washington, DC time) Kevin Buckley, commanding officer, USNS Comfort Medical Treatment Facility. He has a message for those supporting him back here at home. He says he still has friends here, and told WUSA9 the lessons he learned growing up in Maryland are still with him at the helm of the USNS Comfort. Amersback's roots in the DMV are deep. Comfort ' s duties include providing emergency, on-site care for U.S. combatant forces deployed in war or other operations. John R. Rotruck, commanding officer of the USNS Mercy, and Navy Capt. “We feel that we are making an impact and helping out New York City,” Amersbach said. The criteria for acceptance has been shared, both through FEMA and local authorities. We are honored to answer the call in this time of need and are committed to protecting the health of our force and the health of our nation. “Their morale is very high,” Amersbach explained. Catherine Spanbauer Analyst at United … April 20, 2020 | BY NAVY PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS SCOTT BIGLEY The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort has begun admitting patients from hospitals in … We just answer those calls as appropriate. AMERSBACH:  Yes, I apologize, our call got dropped on our end. Capt. Your commute. Captain Patrick Amersbach, a Bowie native and graduate of George Washington University, is the current commanding officer of the USNS Comfort. Since that was not part of our initial plan, we don't have those specialists aboard. AMERSBACH:  This is Captain Amersbach on the Comfort. There was a news report about a man who derailed a locomotive near the USNS Mercy. Initially, they were supposed to help with hospital overflow of non-COVID patients. Director for … STAFF:  Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. Captain Amersbach, I just -- I couldn't hear, I'm on the line. But I think that's a good news story for us. CAPT. I have a follow-up. Q:  And just back to the types of injuries, are you talking gunshot wounds or broken legs? And then of course, all of our -- all of our patients are screened and tested for COVID prior to coming on the ship. So as the Mercy had mentioned, we are following the orders from the Department of Defense as they work with other federal agencies. Patrick Amersbach was born and raised in the DMV, and now he's playing a major role in the response to COVID-19. AMERSBACH:  This is Captain Amersbach from the Comfort. Continuing Promise is a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Caribbean, Central and South America. If that was to occur, that would obviously be coordinated back through FEMA local authorities for the ask. A lot of people know that the mechanism for receiving here on the Mercy comes from being a patient in a local hospital first. Gen. Manuel Ortiz Jr. the commander and deputy commander of U.S. Army South during his recent visit. Capt. Comfort houses one of the largest trauma facilities in the U. — USNS Comfort Capt. Exactly, DLA is working diligently with us to ensure that we -- we have what we need. The USNS Comfort arrived in New York on Monday, bringing a … ROTRUCK:  So, Captain Rotruck here. NHA TRANG, Vietnam (NNS) -- Capt. Navy Capt. Capt. We moved approximately 500 of our crew into a hotel to allow further social distancing to decompress the berthing areas, the areas which they live on the ship, the areas in which they eat on the ship.”. Some patients are on a mobile ventilator,” Capt. Warrior Maven & Capt. Q:  I'm so sorry, you said you did mean that or you did not? I don't -- could you physically do that and keep everyone safe? # HomelandDefense # InThisTogether # COVID19 U.S. Navy U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) He provided WUSA9 with a picture, almost 40 years old, of his graduation photo from the Bowie High School Class of 1982. Q:  Hi, this is Ellen Milhiser from Synopsis. CAPT. I -- given some of the shortages in medical supplies, particularly in New York City, I mean, I think there's images of PPE, assigned PPE being like a Yankees poncho for at least one -- one case. USNS Comfort commanding officer on arrival in NYC: 'Excited to be here and excited to get started' Fox NewsUSNS Comfort Arrives In New York City Harbor For Coronavirus Assistance | NBC News NBC NewsU.S. Over. USNS Comfort commanding officer on arrival in NYC: 'Excited to be here and excited to get started' Capt. The surgical patients that have come to us have been people who have already had surgery or been evaluated by a surgeon but it's definitely been quite a wide variety of patients. CAPT. In reference to the second part of your question, I think -- I -- hopefully understanding the intent of DOD's senior leadership that they really wanted to get the capability and capacity in place early before the hospitals in the local areas were already overwhelmed, so that we could establish the relationships and ensure the processes were sound to get patients to the ship, so that when they -- the capacity demand really increases, we'll be ready. So is there any discussion about either ship, if you don't start getting more cases, then, you know -- or more local patients, somehow retrofitting or accepting the -- the -- your spaces so that you can start accepting COVID patients? AMERSBACH:  This is Captain Amersbach --. Jim Ware, commanding officer of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), speaks to embarked news media about the ship's mission to provide humanitarian assistance to Haiti after the Caribbean nation was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Patrick Amersbach gave WUSA9 his Bowie High School graduation photo. David Weiss, commanding officer of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), explains to distinguished visitors the functions of a CT scan during Continuing Promise 2011. kathy.becker.mil@ah20.navy.mil. STAFF:  All right, gentlemen, thank you very much for your time. I mean, it's a ship. With respect to people just showing up for care, we've had a few phone calls here on the ship of people that believe they could access here directly, as opposed to being patients in a hospital and being transferred. Today's briefing is going to be on the record and it'll be with the Medical Treatment Facility Mercy and Medical Treatment Facility Comfort commanding officers. Sign up here. Commanding Officer USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Medical Treatment Facility Virginia Beach, VA. Catherine Spanbauer. USNS Comfort hosts New … USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is a Mercy-class hospital ship of the United States Navy.. CAPT. We have the staff that we need to focus on the mission that we said we would deliver. I am humbled and honored to lead a team of true professionals committed to helping our fellow Americans during this great time of need. “We follow the same CDC guidelines, in addition to that of DOD to protect the crew,” he said. Read More: 'Legacy of USNS Comfort' by U.S. And as -- if that demand signal ramps up, we'll certainly be ready to accommodate that. So again, it's -- it's people who have been in traumatic accidents who are now recovering, it's people with gastrointestinal and heart and lung problems. So they -- they would manage that at that level. Transcript for How coronavirus has changed the USNS Comfort mission in New York The US Anez comfort has been docked in New York City for nearly two weeks now commanding officer in … With respect to misinformation, I'm not personally aware of any misinformation campaign with respect to the mission that we're doing here. And secondly, with the -- for the Mercy captain, we've seen recently that both California and Washington State seem to be -- being successful in flattening the curve. CAPT. Commander, Military Sealift Command, Rear Adm. Thomas K. Shannon, relieved Capt. Catherine Spanbauer Analyst at United States Department of … They're working in conjunction with FEMA to ensure that the hospital-to-hospital transfers are occurring as smoothly as possible, and again, to make sure that those patients that are coming aboard the ship are suitable for our environment, as well as right now, COVID-19-free. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Sign up for the Get Up DC newsletter: Your forecast. And, you know, we're here in support of FEMA and the state of California, so we're -- we're ready to answer whatever that demand signal is. Amersbach's career in the military has taken him all over the world, most recently to New York City, where the Comfort is a large part of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. To this point, late yesterday afternoon, we started taking on our first patients. Idrees from Reuters. 3:00 p.m. Media will have the opportunity to conduct interviews on the pier with Capt. It's really driven by demand from the local hospitals based on their current capacity. March 31, 2015. AMERSBACH:  Ma'am, I can't speak to that. Just to confirm, the Comfort has taken three patients so far? 03/30/2020 12:36 PM EDT. “I'm overwhelmed by the amount of support. We arrived early to need to New York City and are grateful to serve the needs of our nation. The USNS Comfort had a similar mission in deploying to New York City. When you all deployed, you stated specifically that you would not be doing obstetric or pediatric cases but with the number of patients being relatively low and the problem of women giving birth not being allowed to have somebody with them in a hospital, will you be changing that from -- priority at all, do you think? We -- we have not been directed to change our plan of the scope of care that we're going to provide. What is the process to be ensure? “Our team did a great job working with partners from 11 different countries and non-governmental organizations,” said Capt. The USNS Comfort, with 1,000 patient beds and 12 operating rooms, was sent to New York City to help relieve pressure on the city’s overwhelmed hospitals. So, the issue for us in relocating would just be providing a safe disposition for all the patients that are currently on board the ship. CAPTAIN Patrick K. Amersbach Commanding Officer USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) CAPT Amersbach is a native of Bowie, Maryland. Q:  Hi, thank you for doing this. How would you adjust to bring COVID-19 patients onto either Mercy or Comfort? The USNS hospital ship Comfort is seen docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan's West Side during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 3, 2020. 3:00 p.m. Media will have the opportunity to conduct interviews on the pier with Capt. 110826-F-CF975-046 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Aug. 26, 2011) Capt. AMERSBACH:  Yeah, this is Captain Amersbach on the Comfort. Warrior: I understand the USNS Comfort is receiving additional health care experts to help COVID 19 patients recover. The combination of medicine and military is right in Amersbach's wheelhouse. Kevin Robinson, commander of Military Sealift Command Atlantic and Task Force 83, and Kevin Buckley, commanding officer of the military treatment facility aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, brief reporters in Norfolk, Va., before the Comfort departs for Puerto Rico to join humanitarian aid efforts, Sept. 29, 2017. USNS Comfort arrives in New York City . david.weiss.mil@ah20.navy.mil: Executive Officer: CAPT Kathy Becker (410)631-7461 . ROTRUCK:  No, I -- I do mean they're getting a COVID test and a result prior to being transferred. So we think we have a pretty robust group of measures in place to remain COVID-free, although obviously, we recognize that there is always risk inherent in (inaudible). In the event that we are directed to do otherwise -- to deliver obstetric care, we'll certainly adjust our staffing mix as directed by the DOD in conjunction with FEMA and move out appropriately. “Teamwork really has made a difference, something that I think I carried on from my time in Bowie into the military.”. John R. Rotruck relieved Capt. Just a few ground rules before we get started. The USNS Comfort had a similar mission in deploying to New York City. Patrick Amersbach, Commanding Officer of the USNS Comfort, told Warrior in an interview. Just speaking specifically to the Los Angeles area, our process is that the local hospitals call in to the county's medical alert center, which has already been a pre-existing system by which local hospitals transfer patients between each other. A military officer next to the USNS Comfort Navy hospital ship located at Pier 90 to care for patients not related to Covic-19 on March 31, 2020 in New York City. For all channels, please just ensure that you mute your lines. CAPT. Can you tell us exactly when the -- the Comfort started accepting patients? Shannon cited a loss of confidence in Haltner’s ability to command as the reason for her relief pending … That is an interesting question, and I think it's something we would have to give some thought to. Rachel Haltner of her duties as commanding officer, Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), March 30. ROTRUCK:  So Captain Rotruck here, speaking for the Mercy before Captain Amersbach answers on his coast. The Comfort was sent to relieve some of that stress. AMERSBACH:  -- on the Comfort -- sorry, John, didn't mean to step on you there. WCBS 880's Steve Scott spoke with Capt. James Ware; commanding officer aboard USNS Comfort speaks with Army Brig. The hope is that our presence will ensure that local hospitals can focus on treatment of COVID-19 patients. 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