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About& NMRTU Dahlgren

​Brief History

BHC Dahlgren is now part of the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River family. NBHC Dahlgren is located on Dahlgren Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren in King George County, approximately 50 miles south of Washington, D. C.

The installation dates back to 1918, when it was established as a naval proving ground. The current clinic is a two story brick building built in the early 1940's with a one-story addition added in 1989. Although the building is not currently listed in the Historic Register, it is a contributing facility and is located in the historical area of the installation.
The clinic provides routine and acute family practice health care with limited ancillary services of pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology. It also includes Occupational Health and a Dental clinic for active duty personnel.
LCDR David P. Varney, USN
Director of Branch Clinics
Officer in Charge

Lieutenant Command David Varney is the Director for Branch Health Clinics at Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River and also serves as Officer in Charge of Branch Health Clinics Dahlgren VA; Indian Head, MD; and Navy Detachment at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews, MD.  A native of Charleston, WV, he enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard in June 2000 and completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, KY, and Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Jackson, SC. While in the Guard, he served as a member of the State's inaugural Chemical Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) in the FEMA Region III Area of Responsibility.   LCDR Varney graduated from Marshall University Graduate College with dual Masters' of Science in Health Care Administration and Human Resource Management and was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Sergeant in June 2007.     

LCDR Varney was commissioned in September 2007 and reported to the Naval Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit FIVE (NEPMU-5) San Diego, CA, serving as the Plans, Operations, and Medical Intelligence Officer (POMI), maintaining the highest levels of readiness for numerous forward deployable Preventive Medicine Unit teams.  In May 2009, LCDR Varney reported to the USS WASP (LHD-1) where he served as the Medical Administration Officer.  LCDR Varney deployed in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility onboard WASP in support of Operation Southern Partnership. He led the Medical Department in the provision of care to over 1,100 crew and embarked members. 

In July 2011, he reported to Naval Hospital Okinawa assigned to the Directorate for Healthcare Business as the Business Plan and Access to Care Manager.  In March of 2012, as an Individual Augmentee he deployed to Afghanistan as the Senior Military Advisor to the Regional Military Training Center-West in Herat, Afghanistan.  He led all advising efforts for an eight member Joint Combat Advisor team to a Command Staff of over 400 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel which trained over 8,000 in basic combat training while transferring a $23 million facility to Afghan control, conducting over 220 missions outside-the wire.  In March 2013, he reported back to USNH Okinawa as the Operations Management Department Head and Emergency Manager.  He expertly facilitated the Command response to a mass casualty helicopter crash in the Northern training area.  In August 2014 he reported to the 2d Marine Division as the Deputy Division Surgeon, providing Health Service Support to 16,000 Marines across three Combatant Commands.  In August 2016, he became the Patient Administration Department Head at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.  He served as the Associate Director for Administration from August 2017 until May 2019, providing operational and managerial support to nine departments with 400 military, civilian, and contract personnel.

LCDR Varney is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Serving TRICARE Prime Enrollees & Eligible Beneficiaries with

• Primary Care
  -Well Baby Checks
  -Physical Exams
  -School & Sport Physicals
  -Ongoing Health Maintenance • Military Medicine
• Pharmacy
• Dental Care
• Laboratory
• Radiology
• HealthPromotion
• Occupational Health

Dental Care for Active Duty:

• General Dentistry
• Minor Oral Surgery
• Prophylaxis, Dental Hygiene
• Endodontics (root canals)
• Prosthetics (limited)


• Routine Gynecological Exams, Tests & Treatments
• Birth Control
• Obstetrical & Specialized Gynecology is referred to another facility in the area

Serving all Employees with Occupational Medicine

• Medical Surveillance
• Certification Exams
• Treatment, referral, and case management of acute & chronic occupational injuries & illnesses
• Occupational Audiology Services in support of the hearing conservation program
• Preventive Services such as immunizations to prevent disease due to occupational exposure
• Health Promotion

Health Promotion

• Tobacco Cessation
• Healthy Eating
• Diabetes Monitoring
• Cholesterol Monitoring
• Women's Health


• Diagnostic X-ray
• X-ray Studies
• For special studies, you will be referred to a larger Military facility


Medical Surveillance - Based on the Occupational Safety & Health Act, this program ensures healthful working conditions by administering test to assess the possible health effects of the hazards that you face on your job. OSHA-mandated medical tests are conducted as well as tests for toxic chemical exposure.
Certification exams - Pre-placement exams to determine if you are fit for duty or medically qualified for your job.

Contact Us


Phone Numbers

One Number Appointment Line



0730 - 1600

0730 - 1200
Sat, Sun, Holidays
No Occupational Health services on Friday

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