Goddard Greenbelt Health Unit

Health Unit Staff

Dr. Sheryl Ashton-Jones (Medical Director), Kathering Paolucci (Nurse Manager), Adrian Crowe (Nurse Practitioner), and Sharon Wester (Receptionist)

Health Unit Information

Hours of Operation Effective May 1, 2022: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm -- closed 12 pm to 1 pm for lunch/training
Call for  appointments and questions  at 301-286-6666
The Health Unit is open to ALL for emergency triage, Health and wellness services are available for all Civil Servants (occupational medical examinations/medical surveillance and walk-in emergency injuries and illnesses

What's New


2Health Promotion, Wellness, and Fitness is now Mission: HEALTH


OCHMO’s announces initiative to support all NASA Centers’ health promotion, wellness, and safety efforts (e.g., events, speakers, activities) using an Agency-wide approach, promoting availability to the entire workforce.  

With the integration of Health Promotion, Wellness, Physical Fitness, Mental Health, and Safety we will support the workforce for both in-person and virtual working environments in line with NIOSH’s “Total Worker Health” objectives.  Aligning the dynamic landscape of change to positively impact overall whole-person health and wellness will uphold Agency program sustainability, impact, and growth.

For more information visit:  https://nasa.sharepoint.com/sites/health4life/

Blood Pressure Guideline Changes

image of red heart with a torch in front of it

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.

blood pressure category table

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 – Health Units' 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

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. Employees will be treated, referred to their primary care provider, or the emergency room on a case-by-case basis.
    • 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.
  • Work Related Injuries: Injuries or medical conditions that are thought to be a direct result of job.

Walk-In Basis: 8:00am – 4:30pm

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

NASA Employee Foreign Travel Emergency Medical Support

NASA provides medical and emergency evacuation support to NASA civil servant employees traveling on official government business outside the continental United States (OCONUS).

Global Rescue LLC is the Agency-level provider for this support.

Please visit https://nasa.sharepoint.com/sites/ochmo-foreigntravel  for detail information

Program Contacts

This HR Message is being delivered to you via HRMES On Behalf Of: Agency Drug Testing Program Manager 

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is a chemical compound extracted from the flowers and buds of the hemp (cannabis sativa) plant, has increased in popularity as a result of the claims that it is a natural remedy for common ailments such as chronic pain and anxiety. There are no standards governing the manufacturing of products containing CBDs; however, products that contain pure CBDs typically has less than 0.3% of the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant associated with the sensation of feeling “high.” The lack of standards means there are CBD products being marketed that contains a sufficient level of THC to cause a positive drug test result. Please be aware that, the use of any compounds or substances not approved by the FDA cannot be used as a legitimate medical explanation for a positive drug test result.

As a reminder, the use of illegal drugs by federal employees is not permissible under any circumstances, regardless of state and/or local laws; this includes the use of Marijuana or products that contains THC for recreational and/or medical purposes.

NASA is authorized to conduct pre-employment testing of any individual who will occupy a testing designated position (TDP) and Random testing of employees who occupy a TDP. All employees are subject to testing under provisions for reasonable suspicion and post-accident and/or unsafe practice testing regardless of the TDP designation of their position.

For more information about NASA’s Drug-Free Workplace Program, please see the NSSC Drug Testing page at https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/drugtesting.

Program Contacts:

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