Goddard Greenbelt Health Unit

Medical Unit Staff PictureHealth Unit Staff
Audra Thornton (Nurse Coordinator - RN), Dr. Sheryl Ashton-Jones (Medical Director), Adrian Crowe (Nurse Practitioner), Sandra Carr (RN), Tammie Yancey (EAP Counselor), Indya Regan (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

Breast Cancer Awareness Contest

The Goddard Health Unit is inviting employees to stop by the Health Unit from 10/21-10/30 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and guess the number of Pink Jelly Beans in the jar. The employee who’s guess is the closest to the amount will win a Breast Cancer awareness basket full of exciting goodies. The first 10 employees who come in and take a guess will get a breast cancer awareness pen. The winner will be picked and contacted on 10/31/2019.


Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States

1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage, for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
  • This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S.
  • Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.
  • An estimated 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States and approximately 500 will die.
  • 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
  • There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.
  • Female breast cancer represents 15.2% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.

A Global Burden

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.




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

TMH Medical Services will provide International Medical Evacuation/Repatriation Services (see brochure) for NASA Civil Service Employees traveling on official government business who have been injured/fallen ill.

Who is eligible to receive support/services/coverage?

  • NASA civil service employees (no family members) traveling on official government business who have been injured/fallen ill.
  • Injured/illNASA civil service employees who are in the midst of permanent change of station, transition travel and/or extended duty assignments in any part of the world other than the continental United States.
  • NASA support contractors are not covered under this contract.

For full details, please visit the Agency's website.

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Program Contacts

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