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36 MDG prepares for upcoming inspection

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  • By By Airman 1st Class Whitney Tucker
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
The anticipation is mounting as Airmen of the 36th Medical Group prepare for the triennial Health Services Inspection scheduled to take place Sept. 12 through 16.

Health Services Inspections assess Air Force Medical Service programs and processes to provide senior leadership with accurate data upon which to base policy decisions. The inspection will also assess the ability of medical units to fulfill their peacetime and wartime missions, to include evaluation of medical care and the support of the host wing's mission.

"During the week-long examination, a 10-member military team from the Air Force Inspector General's office comes to the base," said Capt. Damian Pardue, 36 MDG Group Practice manager. "They are accompanied by a three-member civilian team from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare who will also conduct their own assessment. Their focus will be on the various aspects of healthcare delivery at the Medical Group."

In addition to patient care, records management and administrative programs will also come under scrutiny during the inspection.

"They want to look at our programs and make sure we're running them the way we're supposed to," said Tech. Sgt. Jamie Brewer, 36 MDG noncommissioned officer in charge of the commander support staff. "Every program we have is fair game and the inspectors are subject matter experts. It is our job to ensure we are running our programs in accordance with Air Force Instruction and other regulations."

With more than 3200 documents to prepare, logistics to sort out and protocol to follow, a six-man team was formed at the 36 MDG back in April, and each individual was charged with overseeing specific tasks. Once preparation was well in hand, clinic personnel shifted gears and focused their attention on fine-tuning their programs.

"Basically, the inspectors are going to come in, review the documents we've prepared and meet with individuals to discuss their programs," Sergeant Brewer said. "They will get with each section and say 'what's this, how do you do this, why aren't you doing this.' That's the purpose of the meetings; they need to get an understanding of our processes rather than just flipping through a binder."

On the heels of a successful 2008 inspection, Captain Pardue is anticipating a similar positive outcome this year.

"We have put in the work and I believe that will be evident when the inspectors arrive next month," he said. "The important thing to remember is, it's not just a handful of folks who need to be involved; it's all of our Airmen. Everyone plays an important role in the delivery of optimal healthcare."

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