The 61st Medical Squadron is regularly visited by the Air Force Inspector General's Health Services Inspection team.
The HSI is typically held every 36 months. Its purpose is to "... assess the function and execution of Air Force Medical Service programs and processes at the local level in order to provide senior leadership with accurate data upon which to base policy decisions." These inspections serve to keep up the standards of both the medical clinics and the AFIG activities.
The nine-member inspection team from the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland AFB, N.M., works directly for the Secretary of the Air Force. These inspectors perform an in-depth evaluation of 109 elements in 14 areas, which the 61st MDS has consistently earned ratings of "Satisfactory", "Excellent" or "Outstanding" over the years. In all, the AFIG inspection team review 1,053 criteria.
The 61st MDS is also visited by a three-member inspection team from Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a civilian accrediting agency. AAAHC inspects 4,000 ambulatory agencies world-wide, including all Air Force outpatient facilities, checking for their compatibility with the civilian health care organizations. AAAHC's 18 chapter check list consists of 875 standards by which the 61st MDS is measured.
TRICARE and Veterans Affairs sharing agreement patients can be referred to other military treatment facilities for specialized care, such as David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base.
A Joint Commission-accredited teaching hospital, DGMC is the Air Force Medical Service's flagship medical center in the United States, providing a full spectrum of health care and patient-centered treatment to a prime service area population of more than 130,000 TRICARE eligible patients in the immediate San Francisco-Sacramento vicinity and more than 377,000 Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System eligible patients.
DGMC provides postgraduate training programs in family medicine, radiology, surgery, transitional year, dentistry, oral surgery, nurse anesthesia, pharmacy, clinical social workers, technicians and clinical nurses. In fact, many of your healthcare providers at the Los Angeles AFB Clinic most likely received their medical training at DGMC. The campus includes the VA Fairfield Outpatient Clinic, a Clinical Investigation Facility, two community-supported Fisher Houses, the largest Hyperbaric Medicine chamber on the west coast and the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory.
To begin the process, simply have your health care provider contact DGMC's Admissions Call Center.