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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

TOP STORY >>Base improves its health care

By Sr. Airman TIM BAZAR
314th Airlift Wing

Little Rock Air Force Base officials unveiled phase two of the 314th Medical Group’s multi-million renovation project last week, when several new offices opened. The $3.7 million renovation project focused on updating the women’s health, family practice, pediatric, immunization and physical health assessment clinics, and building a new records-storage area, check-in desk and appointment desk.

The immunization and women’s health clinics opened this week. Officials are excited about the facility’s new look and features. “The modernization allowed us to redesign the layout of many sections to better take care of our patients,” said 2nd Lt. Christy Snow, 314th Medical Group. “The co-location of the main reception desk with the records and appointment line will allow for better response times and more efficient use of manpower.”

Another major improvement comes from combining the two family-practice areas into one office, said Snow. Before the renovation, one office was located on the first floor near the pharmacy; the other was on the second floor near life skills. Now, both are together. “We hope these changes will make patients’ visits to the clinic a more comfortable experience,” said the lieutenant. More than $385,000 was spent on new furniture for the areas, and thousands were spent on new examination tables in the family practice and pediatric clinics.

In mid-June or early July, officials plan to begin remodeling the dental clinic. “Not to worry,” said Snow, “will still see patients.” “Overall, the renovations have updated the functionality and look of the clinic,” said Lt. Col. John Powers, 314th Medical Support Squadron commander. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during the renovations and we look forward to serving the military family from our new, state-of-the-art clinic,” Powers said.