Goddard Greenbelt Health Unit

Medical Unit Staff PictureHealth Unit Staff
Sheila McDaniel (Nurse Coordinator - RN), Dr. Sheryl Ashton-Jones (Medical Director), Adrian Crowe (Nurse Practitioner), Kathryn Paulucci (RN), Sharon Wester (Medical Assistant)




Health Unit Information

Hours of operation: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm -- closed 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch/training
For questions dial: 301-286-6666

The Health Unit is open to ALL for emergency triage, flu shots, and fee-for-service (mammograms, bone density, etc.). Health and wellness services are available for all Civil Servants (occupational medical examinations/medical surveillance, voluntary health maintenance examinations, etc.).

What's New


Date/Time/Location: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT, via Adobe Connect at https://itcdhqnasa.acms.com/nasa-hpwf/

Contact:  Janine Scoville, 321-867-2423, janine.e.scoville@nasa.gov

The Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO) invites you to attend a 60-minute informal and interactive panel discussion with three of NASA’s top-notch professional Employee Assistance Program (EAP) mental health clinicians.  Dr. Terry Sterry (Marshall); Anika Isaac (Johnson), and Porter Pryor (Stennis/Michoud) will discuss challenges being faced by NASA employees during the pandemic.  The unknown duration of this crisis, the new teleworking environment, and the potential change in family dynamics are some of the topics to be discussed.  The recorded webinar will be available for on-demand viewing at a later date at: https://inside.nasa.gov/health4life/presentations_archive


Also, here are resources for mental health:  https://inside.nasa.gov/health4life/coronavirus


2019/2020 Flu Clinics Open to All (Civil Servants and Contractors)


UPDATE (12/6/19): 



Onsite Flu Clinic hours are being adjusted to accommodate the demand for service. There are two remaining flu clinics for the month of December.

Clinic Dates:    
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Clinic Times:               
9:00am to 11:00am

Clinic Locations:  
Greenbelt - Building 97 Health Unit
Wallops - Building F160 Health Unit

No appointments required. Walk-Ins are accepted.

Cost of Vaccine:       
Walgreen Company will process pharmacy and medical insurance billing for in-network providers. Walgreen Company accepts most insurance plans (verify your covered benefits and in-network status with your insurance company).

For direct payment, Walgreens’ will accept cash, in the exact amount only, as well as checks.

Influenza – Standard Injectable (Quadrivalent) $35.00

Influenza – High Dose (Over 65) $57.00

Note:  You also have the option of receiving a flu shot at any local Walgreens or Duane Reade pharmacy, or at any other provider of your choice at your convenience.



For the current flu season, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is partnering with Walgreen Company - which owns Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacies - to offer influenza vaccines to center employees.

Please see the flyer for information on costs, payment options, appointments and other related matters.

For questions, contact Marla Giscombe at ext. 6-9012 or marla.a.giscombe@nasa.gov.






Massage Therapy



Blood Pressure Guideline Changes


Newly released blood pressure guidelines could lead to nearly half of US adults to be diagnosed with high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. In the new recommendations Blood Pressure less than 120/80 is still considered normal, but levels at or above 129 are considered elevated.

The new guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier. There are lifestyle changes you can make to help manage your blood pressure. The American Heart Association has provided resources for you to learn more about your blood pressure, its effect on your health, understanding symptoms and risks. Included in these resources is a Heart Risk Calculator which calculates your chance of having a cardiovascular event in the next 10 years.


Proper Disposal of Sharps - Healtnits' Disposal Option

The GSFC Health Units welcome the opportunity to educate employees on the proper disposal of sharps and offer the option to dispose of sharps at the GSFC Health Units.

Please note, the sharps program ONLY ACCEPTS SHARPS USED AT WORK. We do not accept open needles or any razors. Please read
attachment for detailed information.


GSFC GB Health Services
Available for All Employees - Civil Servant Employees

One and Done
Sick Call - one time evaluation and treatment of non-work related medical problems that have developed over the past 24-72 hours. Examples include colds, flu, sore throat, possible urinary tract infections, and poison ivy. All follow-up care must be provided by primary care provider, not the health unit. We will also provide prescriptions for a one day supply of medications for employees who leave their medications at home. Prescriptions may be filled at a nearby pharmacy.
Walk-In Basis: 8:00am - 10:00am and from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Acute Illnesses and Work Related Injuries
Acute illnesses - employees may be evaluated at the health unit if they develop a non-work related medical illness during their shift. Examples include- sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea or sudden worsening of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. Employees will be treated, referred to their primary care provider, or the emergency room on a case by case basis.

Work Related Injuries- injuries or medical conditions that are thought to be a direct result of job.

Walk-In Basis: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Voluntary Health Maintenance Exams
Wellness Services and Labs
- every 5 yrs until age 39
- every 2 years from age 40-49
- every year for ages 50 and older.

Exams will include lab work, an EKG every 5 years or if patients have symptoms, and a physical exam if desired by the employee.

By Appointment Only. Call the Health Unit: 301-286-6666

Occupational Medical Examinations and Medical Surveillance Exams Determined by Job Description/Hazards
Hazardous Exposures
Hazardous Environments/Workplace Examinations
Certification Examinations

By Appointment Only. Call the Health Unit: 301-286-6666


GSFC GB Health Services
Available for All Employees - Civil Servants and Contractors

Periodic Flu Shots

Periodic Fee-For-Service Health Screening Offered to Include but not Limited to:

  • Mammograms
  • Bone Density
  • Shingles Vaccine
  • Pneunomia Vaccines
  • Carotid Doppler Examinations


International Medical Evacuation/Repatriation Services

This is an Agency-wide notification to all NASA employees.

There has been a change in the company name (but not in support) of NASA’s Agency-wide provider of international medical evacuation: TMH was acquired by Iqarus; Iqarus’s parent company is International SOS.

Effective immediately, International SOS is the Agency-level provider for NASA international medical evacuation and similar support. Please discard any information, documents, and wallet cards referencing TMH.

NOTE: There may be other NASA Centers (e.g., JSC) that contract with other providers for additional and specific medical evacuation services. This change does not affect those Center unique contracts.

International SOS Support Information:

  • NASA-dedicated 24/7 phone lines while on travel: 1-800-905-5924 or 1-215-942-8462
  • NASA Agency Membership Number: 11B108879166
  • Support Web sitewww.internationalsos.com (use NASA membership number to access Web site)
  • PHONE APP: Download the ASSISTANCE APP for instant access to International SOS Support at https://www.internationalsos.com/assistance-app

Upcoming Activities:
An Agency-wide webinar presentation by International SOS to all NASA civil service personnel is scheduled for January 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Contact janine.e.scoville@nasa.gov to be included on the Outlook invite so that you can participate.

New wallet cards are being ordered for distribution to NASA medical clinics and/or anyone else who would like to have one (we’ll send them out as soon as they are received from International SOS).

New brochures are being ordered for distribution to NASA medical clinics and/or anyone else who would like to have one (we’ll send them out as soon as they are received from International SOS).

Reminder: NASA’s internal firewalled Web site features medical evacuation information https://inside.nasa.gov/international-business-travel.

NASA’s public-facing Web site also provides medical evacuation information at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/ochmo/divisions/health_medsys/emerg_med_evac.html.

For questions concerning this notice, contact:
NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) Customer Contact Center
1-877-677-2123 (1-877-NSSC123) or nssc-contactcenter@nasa.gov




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Program Contacts

Marla Giscombe, Health Program Manager, 301-286-9012
Health Unit, 301-286-6666