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

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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 Services

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Looking for an ideal holiday gift for a friend or coworker? Give the gift of relaxation and stress reduction. Gift certificates for massage therapy services are offered by Lynn Gross of a Great Massage in Health Unit, Bldg. 97.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please leave a message for Lynn Gross at 240-460-0871. This fee for service is open to all GSFC civil servants and contractor employees. The pricing for massage therapy services at NASA GSFC will be as follows:

$25 for 15 minutes
$45 for 30 minutes
$70 for 45 minutes
$85 for 1 hour

*Services are by Appointment Only*

Blood Pressure Guideline Changes

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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.

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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