Dr. McDaniel writes medical situation reports to his superiors, and when politics and bureaucracy interrupt his missives, his superiors are left on a cliffhanger! 'What happened to the patients, Bill?? You can't just leave us hanging like that!'
Arriving at the USNS Mercy hospital ship, Dr. McDaniel faces some resistance as he designs the workflow and standard of personnel interaction he desires. Needless to say, he seeks to create a compassionate and efficient process for both his staff and the patients.
In 2004, a tsunami swamped Indonesia. The USNS Mercy hospital ship was deployed to help with the relief effort; Rear Admiral Bill McDaniel headed up that effort. This is his story CONTENT WARNING: this introduction descriptions of infant respiratory distress (no death!)