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Ryan Larkin was a Navy SEAL medic and sniper who died in April 2017.  The Ryan Larkin New York Presbyterian Field Hospital at Columbia University will treat 288 patients plus a 47-bed Emergency Department overflow outpost with a dedicated staff of highly-trained physicians, advanced-practice providers, registered nurses, elite-level Special Operations medics, civilian paramedics/EMTs, care techs, and in-house mental health care with on-call dietary and ancillary therapies.

Colonel (ret) Melissa Givens, MD MPH FACEP is RLFH’s Medical Director, bringing over 20 years’ experience in emergency and special operations medicine and disaster operations. Dr Givens is a West Point and Uniformed Services University alumna and currently practicing emergency physician in the DC area.

Chief of Nursing and Deputy Director is Kate Kemplin, PhDc DNP RN CCEMTP(Emer.), by trade an Army-trained civilian Nurse Specialist in Trauma/Emergency, whose certifications include critical care transport, advanced disaster life support, operational medicine, and emergency management. Dr Kemplin’s doctoral focus was Special Operations Forces medics’ curricula; current research focus is biobehavioral mechanisms in US Army Special Forces and Naval Special Warfare personnel.

Clinical Operations Lead Rickey Ditzel is prior 160th Special Operations Flight Paramedic and certified as TPC, FP, and CCPC. Mr. Ditzel’s academic background includes Leadership in Emergency Action and Disaster Management, in addition to serving as Lead for Research and Education at the Special Operations Medical Coalition (SOM+C), and Lead for the Lethal Diamond Working group for Hypocalcemia in Trauma.

Safety Officer Steve Viola is a retired Naval Special Warfare Command Master Chief, SEAL corpsman, and nationally-registered paramedic. Master Chief Viola holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and advises multiple high-level clients on complex corporate resolutions. The Special Operations Medicine Association (SOMA) elected Master Chief Viola as its first non-physician President, and during his tenure SOMA’s annual Scientific Assembly significantly expanded programs in research excellence and practice advancement.

We aim to stand up RLFH by 15 April. An advance team is scheduled to be on the ground 8 April to coordinate with extant authorities.

For additional information please contact Dr Givens at mailto:[email protected] or Dr Kemplin at mailto:[email protected]

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