Ascension Florida Chief Clinical Officer Huson Gilberstadt, MD, recently received an award for his work to maintain and strengthen the longstanding collaboration between Ascension St. Vincent’s and Naval Hospital Jacksonville.

The Admiral Paul Kaufman Award honors a local physician or healthcare professional who delivers outstanding community service to Naval Hospital beneficiaries and staff. Dr. Gilberstadt was honored at a recent event hosted by the Navy and the Duval County Medical Society.

“Dr. Gilberstadt has worked with and supported our local military personnel and veterans for years, and we’re happy to see his efforts recognized with this award,” said Tom VanOsdol, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Florida. “Like Dr. Gilberstadt, Ascension St. Vincent’s has a long history of caring for those who serve and defend the freedoms we’re so blessed to enjoy. The Daughters of Charity took care of soldiers during the Spanish American War by staffing a field hospital near Hogan’s Creek in 1888. Then around 1940, the Navy asked St. Vincent’s to train physicians at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. It is truly our privilege today and every day to serve those who so courageously serve us.”

The award is named for Paul Kaufman, MD, a former naval officer and association executive whose extensive career included serving as the first commanding officer and director of the Naval Regional Medical Center in Jacksonville from 1972-1974. Admiral Kaufman, who died in 2016, was awarded a Joint Service Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, Navy Commendation medal, Navy Achievement medal and Legion of Merit.

Photo: From left, Capt. Matthew Case, Commander, Naval Hospital Jacksonville; Dr. Huson Gilberstadt; and Tom VanOsdol.