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Captain Cheryl Christine's Story

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Captain Cheryl Ringer of San Diego, CA passed away July 7, 2017, after an untimely, but short and devastating battle with cancer. Cheryl was serving in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. She was a passionate Naval leader with over 22 years of medical, operational and administrative experience. At the time of her death, Capt. Ringer led the continuous Process Improvement Office at Navy Medicine West (NMW) enhancing high reliability patient care across ten military treatment facilities through the collaborative engagement of medical teams. Her previous assignments spanned the spectrum from strategic to tactical, including roles as Chief of Policy at the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, Healthcare Planning lead at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Department Head for Three Naval Medical Centers, San Diego (NMCSD) Branch Medical Clinics and Executive Assistant to the Commander of NMW/NMCSD. Captain Ringer courageously served 14 months as Director of Administration in NATO Role III Hospital Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and deployed aboard the USNS Mercy as Deputy Director of Medical Operations.
Cheryl Christine was born April 22, 1965 in New Castle, Pa. to Rev. Emory and Ruth Ringer. She received her education at Cambridge Springs High School. She was inducted into the High School Sport Hall of Fame in 2014. She delivered the Commencement Address to the class of 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. where she excelled on the basketball court and softball field. She went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Healthcare Management and a PhD in HealthCare Administration from Century University. Completing an initial tour as a U.S. Air Force Officer at Tucson General Hospital and consultant to Pima County Health Systems, all in Tucson, AZ. She then returned to active duty accepting a commission in the U.S. Navy and reporting to Portsmouth, VA. as her first duty station.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Emory Ringer and infant brother, Emory Joel. She is survived by her partner, Andrea Lapinski, mother, Ruth, sister, Colleen (Doug) Sutter, brother Jeffrey (Vera), and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service with full Military Honors was held Sunday, July 16, at the San Diego Yacht Club.
To honor Cheryl's lifelong affection for animals, memorial donations may be sent to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Published on July 19, 2017
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