The primary mission of the 47th Medical Group at Laughlin Air Force Base is to support the 47th Flying Training Wing's medical, dental and aeromedical needs in support of Laughlin’s Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training mission.The medical group is responsible for the health care of over 3,300 Department of Defense beneficiaries and also has a mission of ensuring medical readiness for wartime and other worldwide contingencies.
Laughlin opened its first hospital on 7 Jan 1955. The facility contained 50 beds, expandable to 100 beds, seven operating rooms, a dental clinic, and three flight surgeon offices. In 1977 the existing facility was completed, encompassing more than 80,000 square feet with 20 inpatient beds, expandable to 50 beds, two operating rooms and a multi-service care unit. Mirroring the "rightsizing" of the Air Force, Laughlin's inpatient services closed and the hospital became a clinic on 1 Oct 1996. The clinic received its first accreditation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in December 1997. In 2004 the clinic underwent a $7.5 million renovation project, which transformed the clinic's interior into a more efficient setting for outpatient care.
Today, the 47th Medical Group is comprised of two squadrons with 165 personnel. The 47th Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) provides services in Family Health, Public Health, Pediatrics, Immunizations, Flight Medicine, Aerospace Physiology, Optometry, Health and Wellness, Dental, Bioenvironmental Engineering, Radiology, and Mental Health. The 47th Medical Support Squadron (MDSS) provides Laboratory, Pharmacy, TRICARE and Patient Administration Services, in addition to Resource Management, Information Systems, Logistics and Medical Readiness.
The 47th Medical Group has been recognized for its quality over the years, to include the 2014 Air Force Medical Service Small Dental Clinic of the Year, and winner of the 2014 Air Force Medical Service Customer Service Award contest. More recently, in 2016, its "Text-Me-Now" patient outreach program was recognized as the best in the Air Force, and was briefed by the Air Force Surgeon General to Congress. It also received accreditation by The Joint Commission, recognition by The Joint Commission as a Primary Care Medical Home, and was recognized by the Air Force Medical Service for "Superior Performance, Access to Care - 2016".