It is no coincidence that Rear Adm. Guido F. Valdes, Commander Naval Medical Forces Pacific, San Diego Military Health Systems Market Director and Chief of the Navy Medical Corps stopped by Department of Navy Medicine Readiness Training Bremerton Human Resources on his first familiarization visit, Sept. 7. 2022.
Because there was an officer behind the scenes but not behind the scenes of the Navy Medical Service Corps to recognize.
Lt. Travis J. Silvey was recognized for his continued efforts over the past year juggling multiple responsibilities for the leadership of the administration of NMRTC Bremerton.
“I was really surprised and appreciated the recognition. All credit goes to my hard-working staff and my leaders who have supported me,” Silvey said.
The Kansas City, Missouri native and current head of the human resources department has also held a number of other roles such as workforce analyst, operational security officer, employee management assessment program DoD Performance and Physician and Dentist Compensation Plan Coordinator.
After graduating from Park Hill High School in 2003, Silvey began his Navy career in 2005 as a member of the hospital corps. He received his Associates in Arts from Florida State College in 2014, followed by his Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University in 2017.
It was commissioned in 2018 as part of the Navy Medical Services Corps Service Supply Program, which allows active duty sailors to become an officer in the medical field. One of the chosen areas of expertise in the program is healthcare administration, where Silvey excelled. He added his master’s degree in health administration and policy to the University of Uniformed Services in 2020.
“I joined the army to pay for my studies. I chose the navy because my grandfather was a navy veteran who influenced me when I was younger. In the early 2000s, the medical field was developing rapidly. I saw an opportunity to grow in a field where I could enjoy job satisfaction helping others,” recounted Silvey, who served at Naval Hospitals Jacksonville, Portsmouth and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center prior to his place. current duty station in the Pacific Northwest, helping coordinate medical care at the nation’s third-largest fleet concentration.
All of his previous assignments have helped prepare him for his current responsibilities. When he was chief petty officer from 2007 to 2014 for the Urology Department at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, he led 16 staff members to treat approximately 3,200 patients a year. At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from 2014 to 2018, he worked in the directorate of surgery, directorate of resource management, and as executive assistant to the senior command chief, managing more than 40 people to ensure patient-centered care to approximately 40,000 beneficiaries on an annual basis, while providing administrative support to management in handling over 800 correspondence.
These are just a few examples to illustrate Silvey’s ongoing commitment to overseeing the overlapping day-to-day administrative needs of a military processing center. His command added the new DoD electronic health record MHS GENESIS in 2017, played a major role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 for more than two years, and recently completed the transition of management and administration – as well as personnel, assets and systems – of Naval Hospital Bremerton at the Defense Health Agency.
“I have identified and transferred over 300 personnel from the Department of the Navy to the Department of Defense during the realignment of personnel, assets and systems at the military processing facility,” Silvey said, saying that it was difficult to juggle and coordinate not only active duty assignment, but helping leaders determine the multiple needs and demands of civil service personnel.
“It is difficult to hold frequent briefings and maintain transparency of actions during a period of significantly increased workload. I was fortunate to have very supportive leadership,” Silvey said, noting that It was gratifying that his leadership had confidence in the tools they needed during this transition.
The best part of Silvey’s career has been having access to great mentors and real professionals. Key lessons learned include “trust but verify”, “data quality is paramount”, and “serving my small part of Navy medicine provides disproportionate job satisfaction”.
When asked to sum up his experience here with Navy Medicine in one sentence, Silvey replied, “Being flexible and hardworking with a smile paid off.”
|Date posted:||09.12.2022 10:11|
|Location:||BREMERTON, WA, USA|
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