2014-06-26 / Naval Community

Naval Community Briefs

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line

The military health system’s new Nurse Advice Line for TRICARE beneficiaries offers advice around the clock, seven days a week. A team of registered nurses is available to answer a variety of urgent health care questions. They can help you decide whether self-care is the best option, or if it is better to see a health care provider. There will always be a live person on the line to address beneficiary concerns.

The line offers a variety of solutions for all beneficiaries. For pediatric issues, the call will be routed to a pediatric nurse. They will make same-day appointments with the beneficiary’s primary care manager for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries enrolled in Military Treatment Facilities (MTF). If a same-day appointment is not available, they will redirect the beneficiary to the closest urgent care center, and advise that an urgent care referral is needed so the patient does not have to worry about paying any point of service co-pays. All other TRICARE beneficiaries who are not enrolled in an MTF will receive professional health advice about their concern and when to seek urgent care.

To access the Nurse Advice Line, dial 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273); select option 1.

Feds Feed Friends

The annual Feds Feed Friends campaign is now under way at Naval Station Newport. The food drive encourages all federal employees, military and civilian, to bring nonperishable food for donation to local food banks and pantries. Collection boxes are located at the Commissary, Navy Exchange and the Chapel of Hope, and program chair Chaplain Carl Trost says the goal is to gather 20,000 pounds of food, twice the amount collected last year. The campaign will run through August. For more information, call the Chapel of Hope at 401-841- 2234.

O’Club Music

The Officers’ Club Summer Concert Series will continue Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, with music on the deck beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wayz & Means offers contemporary and classic hits on Friday, June 27, and The Foreverly Brothers play country and rock and roll on Saturday, June 28. All hands with base access are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-841-1442.

Sprint Triathlon

Naval Station Newport will host the Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, July 27, for the sixth time in seven years. All are welcome to participate and the base will be open to the public for the event. The first wave of swimmers will hit the water in Coddington Cove at 7:15 a.m., with a 10.5-mile bike ride and three-mile run to follow. The triathlon is limited to 300 participants, and patrons registered by July 17 will receive a free T-shirt. Registration fees: military personnel and eligible family members $35; DoD civilians $50; contractors and members of the public $65; and two- and three-member teams $80. All fees increase by $10 after Thursday, July 17.

Register online at finishright.com. For more information, contact Scott MacDonald at 401-841- 4038 or scott.macdonald1@navy. mil.

Coddington Cove Open Water Swim

MWR will hold open water swim sessions on July 7, 14 and 21 at 5 p.m. and July 9, 16 and 23 at 11:45 a.m. in preparation for the Sprint Triathlon’s swim component. The swims are open to active duty personnel, retirees, reservists, eligible family members, and DoD employees with base access. Advance sign-up is mandatory because of staffing requirements. For more information, contact Denise Vieira or Kirsten Fountain at 401-841- 3154.

Military Appreciation Night at the Gulls

The Raytheon Corporation will sponsor Military Appreciation Night at the Newport Gulls baseball game on Wednesday, July 16, at 6:35 p.m. The Gulls will take on the Laconia Muskrats at Cardines Field. Admission is free for all military personnel.

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