75th MDG facility making transition to phase two of renovations

75th MDG facility making transition to phase two of renovations
By Mary Lou Gorny
Hilltop Times Editor

With phase two scheduled to begin the end of this month, the 75th Medical Group facility will be coordinating several changes in its lobby. The Optometry Clinic will move into its renovated space, the Family Medicine Clinic will move to its new location and access to the dental area will come through the entryway near the Family Medicine Clinic.

Among the major changes anticipated in September are the following:

  • Access to the pharmacy and main lobby -- only one entryway will be open due to construction in the main lobby. Currently, those wishing to access the pharmacy windows or to check in to Family Medicine and Dental Clinics enter the clinic through the southeast door near the Dental Clinic. This access will change to the northeast doors as construction needs merit.
  • Additional handicapped parking spots have been added to the south top level of the parking lot to accommodate patients.
  • Dental Clinic check-in -- the entrance by the Dental Clinic will be closed beginning mid-September and patients will need to enter the clinic through the entrance by the Family Medicine Clinic (northeast corner of the facility). The check-in area for dental patients will be moved inside the clinic with signs indicating the new location.
  • Airmen Clinic -- direct access to the Airmen Clinic from the main facility will be re-opened. The check-in area for the Airmen Clinic and Flight Medicine will be moved to the original check-in area for Flight Medicine. External access will be via the entryway on the west side of the southeast portion of that part of the building.
  • New prescription activation -- patients needing to activate new prescriptions will continue going to the current location set up throughout construction to maintain the same number of pharmacy windows.
  • Optometry Clinic -- official ribbon cutting is set for the end of the month.

"We're right on schedule and we appreciate the understanding and support of all of our customers," said Col. Donald Hickman, commander of the 75th Medical Group.

"One thing to note, is that as we ramp up for the Operational Readiness Inspection in November there will be some OREs, or Operational Readiness Exercises, that will affect patient appointments," Hickman said. "Just as in the past, retirees who were active duty prepared for war, so must our personnel acquire that same degree of readiness."

The Hill Clinic will be closed on Oct. 4 until 1 p.m. for an ORE.

The 75th MDG also prepares for major disasters which might occur on base, incorporating those scenarios many times into its exercises.