We’d like to take the week of Veterans Day to celebrate some of our associates who have served or are currently serving in the military. At Bon Secours, we are so proud of our veteran employees who exemplify our mission, vision and values in the work they do every day.
Meet Commander Christopher A. Woodruff, MSC, USN from the Hampton Roads, VA area. Chris joined the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1994 while attending pharmacy school.
“Joining allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream of military service and also helped me pay for my college education,” says Chris.
Chris began his U.S. Navy Reserve career as a seaman. Over the next seven years, he would become a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and perform multiple roles including in-patient care and management, emergency and critical care medicine, pharmacy technician and basic life support instructor, to name a few.
As an officer, Chris has served in many administrative and leadership positions. As a pharmacist, he has worked in commands across the United States and Europe serving active duty, dependents and military retirees.
In 2011, Chris was recalled to active duty for one year with Navy Expeditionary Medical Unit 12 to serve at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. There, he treated and cared for injured soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Chris was responsible for pharmacy department operations, the pharmaceutical care of critically injured patients and preparing medication for patients during their trips back to the United States. Additionally, as a member of the patient care team, Chris would evaluate patient treatment plans with U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force resources prior to the patient’s arrival and during their stay.
“It was a great honor and privilege to have been able to care for these wounded warriors and be a part of their medical care team,” says Chris.
Over the course of his military career, Chris has learned while you may join for personal reasons to see what the U.S. Reserves can provide, you end up staying for what you can give back to them and to your fellow military members.
Today, Chris is the System Director of Clinical Applications at Bon Secours Mercy Health. He also still serves as a drilling U.S. Navy Reservist. Chris is so grateful for the support he receives from Bon Secours leadership and his fellow associates which allows him to have both a military and civilian career.
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