Beale Medical Group restructures organization of Family Health Clinic
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 18, 2019
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 9th Medical Group recently executed a restructure of its Family Health Clinic to create two units of focused care: active duty beneficiaries and all other beneficiaries.
This restructure comes as part of the greater U.S. Air Force’s move to ensure the readiness of all active duty Airmen through medical organizational culture changes that focus on continuous medical readiness, sustaining delivery of high quality care, and new deployment requirements.
“We are squarely focused on taking care of our Airmen and families, their well-being directly impacts our readiness and our ability to execute the mission,” said Col. Andy “Recce 1” Clark, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Commander. “We restructured the 9th Medical Group to align with the priorities of our senior leaders, but we did it in a way that’s best for the Recce family—which includes our retirees, veterans, and other beneficiaries who rely on Beale for their care.”
As of Feb. 1, 2019, beneficiaries assigned to the Beale Medical Clinic may have seen a shift in their primary care manager overseeing routine health care.
“The reorganization allows the 9th MDG team to meet the readiness requirements, while still allowing us to balance the care of active duty families, retirees, veterans, and other beneficiaries that rely on the clinic,” said Col. Larry Kroll, 9th Medical Group Commander.
The PCM reassignment allows providers to focus their attention on a specific category of beneficiaries, which will aid long-term benefits in the continuity of care.
Any beneficiary who has questions, comments, or concerns regarding the change or their medical care, is encouraged to attend the Beale Medical Clinic Town Hall on April 1, 2019, at the Base Theater. Two sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST, and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST.
“I highly encourage members of the community who get their care at Beale to participate in the Town Hall so we can address concerns, answer questions, and help the members of the Recce family better understand the ‘why’ behind this change,” Clark said.
Members who are unable to attend the event can participate through live stream on the Beale Air Force Base Facebook page during the 10 a.m. session or can submit questions, comments, and concerns online by going to www.menti.com and using the code 3891. The online system will be available starting March 25.
9th MDG personnel will make every effort to address inputs from beneficiaries during the event. A follow-up article addressing the remaining inputs and overall topics will be released through the 9th RW Public Affairs office.
“This restructure of our PCMs, where some only care for active duty, and some only care for the rest of our beneficiaries, will lead to a lot of benefits in the care provided to the members,” Kroll said. “With the focus of our PCMs dedicated to one category of beneficiaries, aspects like the continuity of the members’ care and the processes involved in providing care will begin to develop into a more effective system, which ultimately means our beneficiaries are getting the best, most appropriate care they need.”