Auburn University nursing professor awarded Meritorious Service Medal by US Navy

UntitledAUBURN UNIVERSITY – David R. Crumbley, a new assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at Auburn University, recently received the Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Navy.

As stated in the official citation, Crumbley, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. military, received the award for “exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty” while serving with the United States Naval Service as deputy surgeon general liaison to the Federal Recovery Care Program in the Veterans Administration Central Office from May 2011 to July 2012.

Crumbley enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and learned to be a medic. After three years, he enrolled in college to earn a nursing degree and then returned to the military, joining the U.S. Navy, which funded his master’s degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. He spent 20 years as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer before retiring with the rank of commander.

At the VA Central Office in Washington, D.C., Crumbley became responsible for facilitating collaboration between the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and civilian agencies to enhance care coordination for the severely wounded, ill and injured warriors. There had been a lack of care coordination among various departments for this population, which had been noted by the President’s Commission on Care for America’s returning Wounded Warriors.

Crumbley helped to develop and implement a tool to measure the workload intensity of the wounded, which in turn helped determine the appropriate caseload for care coordinators, as recommended by the 2010 Government Accountability Office report.

“Through his direct involvement in 900 cases, he personally ensured quality health care for 450 seriously injured veterans to ensure that the care needs were not lost in the transition process,” according to the citation.

Crumbley continued to work with the wound care program in Bethesda to develop new wound healing technologies for those who suffered from catastrophic blasts resulting in high above the knee amputations and sometimes quadruple amputations.

“My last intervention was working with trauma surgeons to develop a wound healing technology that helped eradicate an invasive fungal infection that was causing further loss of tissue and at times death,” he said.

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(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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